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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy (Бонусы к «Легенде»)


Release: January 15th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile, 38 pages

2 out of 10
Genre: dystopia, teen-ish YA
Stuff: two prodigies, hard times
Fail: lame content
POV: 1st person, she/he
Love-Geometry: none

Quote-Core“I bet the Republic hasn't seen the last of you”

Summary

Find out more about June and Day in this never-before-seen glimpse into their daily lives before they met in Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND series. As twelve-year-olds struggling to survive in two very different worlds within the Republic’s stronghold, June was starting her first day of school at Drake University as the youngest cadet ever admitted, and Day was fighting for food on the streets of the Lake sector. LIFE BEFORE LEGEND contains two original stories written by Marie Lu that give readers a sneak peek into the lives of their favorite characters in a thrilling new context.

Review

Remember what I said about 15 year-olds acting like adults in every way? Look at these stories! Here our dear Day and June are only twelve and the story is just the same. Day is desirable by older girls, one of them even stole a kiss from him... okay, let's be honest, she forced him to kiss her! He's already a big deal in a criminal world and the most handsome rough sleeper in the city (or in the country!). Dirty clothes and bad breath? Who caaares. June is a bit closer to reality, but not so much. Too Mary Sue-ish, to karate-kid-ish, too everything-ish.

This series and me are so not for each other. But I have a physical copy of Champion, so... my pain isn't over.

На русском...



Жанр: дистопия, teen-ish YA
Фишки: два гения, как-страшно-жить
Фейл: сюжет и герои
POV: от первого лица, she/he
Геометрия чувств: нулевая
На русском: ЛП

Цитатосуть«Республика еще услышит о тебе».

Аннотация

Find out more about June and Day in this never-before-seen glimpse into their daily lives before they met in Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND series. As twelve-year-olds struggling to survive in two very different worlds within the Republic’s stronghold, June was starting her first day of school at Drake University as the youngest cadet ever admitted, and Day was fighting for food on the streets of the Lake sector. LIFE BEFORE LEGEND contains two original stories written by Marie Lu that give readers a sneak peek into the lives of their favorite characters in a thrilling new context.

Рецензия

Я уже сетовала на нежный возраст героев трилогии: в пятнадцать лет вести себя на двадцать пять — не очень органичная картина. Но приквел жестит еще больше: Дэй и Джун предстают двенадцатилетними, а поведение и характеры не меняются. Дэй, как и прежде, самый красивый бомж развалившихся Штатов, девчонки падают штабелями, забыв о том, что ребенок (а он как бы ребенок) не мыт и не душист, и какая-то старшая барышня заставляет его целоваться за банку консервов. Мальчонка уже утирает правительству нос и крут до невозможности. Тем временем Джун поступает в военную академию и поначалу ведет себя даже нормально, но затем становится ясно, что в теле маленькой девочки и каратэ-пацан, и гениальный ученый, и Мэрисья.

Мари Лу, добей меня полностью! Ведь впереди (зачем-то) купленный «Победитель».




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