- File Size: 940 KB
- Print Length: 38 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2013
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KUWWD4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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#67,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #25 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Teen & Young Adult
- #90 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Action & Adventure > Survival Stories
- #115 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Science Fiction > Dystopian
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Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy (LEGEND Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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Day's story didn't really do much for me, but I enjoyed June's. I especially loved that we are treated to some Metias and June interaction, since their relationship was one of the things I really liked in Legend. I also appreciated the little in-depth peek into June's character, revealing her insecurities as a child prodigy. I'm not quite sure if I would say this was worth it for the price I paid of $2.99 (I'm leaning towards no) although I thought it was a pretty good (but again, short!) read.
Honestly, these snippets revved my interest in this series back up like WHOA. Because Day and June are kinda awesome and with their big, scary brains they can do most anything.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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 "Tried" 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!Read more ›
For Day, we get the story of his first kiss. He's been out on the streets by himself for about two years now, just trying to survive. He was trying to steal food from a crate, when he gets caught by the 16-year-old daughter of the owner of the crates. She offers to let him come work in exchange for some food--and a kiss. The story was short and sweet, and and gave us some insight into Day's life on the streets. It shows us how much Day would do for his friends (although we already knew that from Legend). It also shows us Day's vulnerability, and how much he longs for friends, a family, stability. It was just an all-around cute story. (Although, am I the only one weirded about by the fact that a 16-year-old kissed a 12-year-old??)
For June, we get the story of her first day at Drake University. June is the first person ever to be admitted to Drake at the age of twelve. Being a prodigy, the Republic has their eye on her. June has skipped many grades before, and has never really made any friends. All she wants is some friends, but she really doesn't know how to go about making any, since she and her fellow classmates are so different. This results in a sort of showing off that June does, but if anything, it does the opposite of what she wants. On her first day of school, she is provoked by a sophomore, which results in her first discipline. This story gives us insight into her character, and foreshadows what is to come in the Legend series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though this book is short, it explains a lot about when June and Day were 12 years old. I recommend it if you're a fan of the Legend Series.Published 2 days ago
This is a short story from 3 years before legend begins. Day and June are 12. This is a quick read and of course totally worth the read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by christine bishop
It's an amazing book, Marie Lu never ceases to amaze me with her writing, indulging once again into the world of the characters we love the most from the Legend series.Published 4 months ago by Natalia Manrique Marín
I personally enjoyed June's story a great deal more than Day's. Perhaps the reason for this is that Day's story seems so inconsequential. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chinchella
The world Marie Lu created with Legend made me a bonafide fan. Day and June are two characters who were very well written, with personality entricacies that made me love them as a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by No
Two short stories about 12 year old Day and June. Marie Wu has a way to make the characters so real that you just want to protect them. I love thatPublished 11 months ago by Ktrekker
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