Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy

Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy

by Marie Lu
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Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read Legend, then this will be a <i>*spoiler*</i> for you. As with Legend and Prodigy, the novella is split also between Day and June. I enjoyed reading about life for these two characters before the events of Legend. For Day, you can see how he had to grow up a lot faster than he should've, and also why he chose to keep to himself most of the time. He really has a sensitive, yet strong, nature about him that just makes him likeable almost immediately, and apparently much too good looking for a boy his age is supposed to look if he can get older girls. When he tries to find some kind of normalcy, tries to "settle down," he realizes that he can't. It's his nature to not let things be as corrupt as they are and he can't stop himself from fighting against those that are corrupt. He is overall too good, and not in an annoying or bad way. And you wonder how such a boy can still be so good with all the bad that's happened to him. In June's side, I love that we get to read more about Metias, the boy also forced to take on more than he wanted to, in that he has to take care of June. It's almost heartbreaking to see how good a brother, and a parental figure, he was to June knowing what we know in Legend. June is definitely still a troublemaker, but often not by her fault, unless you consider her perfect score a fault. She's a spitfire, and her circumstances have obviously led her to make herself that way, to protect herself, or stick up for herself, as Metias said. Often she goes to the extreme, as having anger issues can have that effect. It's interesting to see both of these characters in their little bubbles, how they got where they are now. Really, nothing's changed about them, but still, I loved reading Metias and this novella makes me love him more. With all that said, this book doesn't look like it gives any insight as to what will happen in the third book. It's really just a background story for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The size of the book could be better but it explains some things i pondered about in the actual book.
kfrancis08 More than 1 year ago
Before there was Legend, as a twelve year old boy Day had to survive the streets of the Lake sector. His knee is wounded and tries to help those he nows needs it. Taking a job for a couple days we see how Day spent his early days surviving. With a little help from a girl who is just a little older than him, Day can't help but imagine life not on the run a setting up their on the lake. Of course dreams don't always come true and Day has first hand knowledge of this. Drake University is the place every citizen wishes to get into but starting at the age of twelve can be tough. For June being the only Prodigy is privilege and shouldn't be taken lightly. but do you expect when you enter a school reserved with teens who look down at her and not up. Starting trouble is one of June's strong suits and even when its the first day. Of course being late to the first day is not her fault but the school seems to think it is.  Life Before Legend, offers a chance to look into the lives of June and Day before they met and before their true story can be said. They both seem to adjust and know that survival is key. Of course both live in separate areas and gain a different experience, both are learning skills that help them become the Legend they are meant to be.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good!!!!! Also really short, only 36 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are only two chapters. 36 pages all together. First chapter is about Day's first kiss and the second chapter is about June's first day at Drake University. I would say it is not worth three bucks but it is some extra, interesting, information if you were ever curious aout these topics.
SaraK_99 More than 1 year ago
Life before Legend helped me understand my favorite characters a little better. To know that 12 year old Day got his first kiss from a 16 year old or that June's first day at Drake resulted in a fight really helps me connect more to the fifteen year old characters we meet in the beginning of Legend. It shows us how Day got his flirtatious attitude and June's loneliness at Drake. All in all, the book is worth taking the time to read, especially if you are a big Legend fan.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
Life before Legend was a great little add on for this series. It gave us a small glimpse into Day and June's life growing up. We didn't get too much background information, as its only 30 or 40 pages long. But we get enough to see the pain and heartache that theses two kids experienced! We get to see a little bit about what Day went though on the streets after failing his test, and was presumed dead. He had to live place to place, scavenging and stealing food just to stay alive. He couldn't trust anyone, because if he was discovered, then he would be killed on the spot! Day had it really hard for an 12 year old boy who had nothing or no one he could turn too. But still turned out to be the goodhearted, rough around the edges kinda kid. It also had a section about June's first day in College, and the hardships she went though at being the 12 year kid that no one wanted to hang around. I felt bad for June, she gets picked on and bullied for being the smart kid who was able to bypass so many grades to make it into college at only 12. But it also gave me some newfounded respect for June because even though she was the little kid that no one wanted to hang out with, and the one everyone &quot;Tried&quot; to bully, she stood her ground, and showed these bullies that she wasn't going to stand around and take their crap! She earned a lot of respect that first day of school. That's all we get from Junes chapter; just her first day of school! I thought this little prequel was a good little addition to this series. But to be honest, it really didn't add anything we didn't already know from reading Legend. But I still enjoyed living through some of the hardships both Day and June faced in the same city, but in two different worlds, with two different struggles! Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable beginning, and I'm glad I read it, but I kinda wish I would of read it before I read Legend. But its really okay to read at any point you are in the series, as it doesn't spoil anything, it just shows you what you haven't seen, but already know from Legend! I look forward to finishing this series! The Legend series is a must read for any dystopian fan, and I am so sorry I waited so long to read it!!
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
In my desire to read things chronologically, I've read this novella prior to reading any of the rest of the Legend series. As far as I can tell, it gives us a nice sneak peek into the world in which we're about to immerse ourselves in the next 3 books. We meet a boy, Day, in the first section and learn a bit about his life in this dystopian type world. In the second section we meet a girl, June and see what her life is like in the same world. Some events overlap a bit in the two sections. I'm eager to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING! The Young Elites was incredible, so i had to try this one, and it was great. (Not as good as the Young Elites though) This book is full of plot twisters and mind changers, which adds to the effect. Day is a criminal (You learn pretty quick) and has everyone, including June looking for him. But when Day is framed for a HUGE crine, June wants his head. Get ready to fall into a world where its top-dog wins and kill or be killed! Warning: YOU WILL GET HOOKED!
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Ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 4 pages on free sample. Might as well not be a free sample...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only 36 pages but i loved to read about june amd day before they met up. You also get to find out about Days first kiss. I liked this book, i am a huge legends fan and this was worth it.
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Another reminder why I hate Lu&rsquo;s style of writing, but I thought the ideas were cute. Especially since I was totally that older girl who liked to like younger boys in high school. I can&rsquo;t do that now &rsquo;cause it&rsquo;d be illegal. :| It was cute as all get-out to read about. And on the other side I liked seeing June&rsquo;s &ldquo;troublemaker&rdquo; side since she was nothing but a giant goody two shoes in Legend. I liked it all.
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I dont know whats its about plase tell me if its worth two dollars please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it ironic that out of all the times we could seen day,it just happened to be his first kiss.but my favorite character has got to be june.i love the way she wont let anyone treat her like crap just because she is smart.she knows how to proect herself,and she doesnt take any crap.im seriously glad i read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explian breif parts in the book that were mentioned. I thought it was good. And it is good for waiting for the third book. And I thought it made parts of the book that I found that had backstories to them need more explanatoin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When tech support told me the only thing I could do was to buy the book, I did, and still can't read it!!!! I was on the phone for 40 minutes. Now that I have paid for it, I still can't read it!!!! Barnes and Noble tech support has really let me down!!!!