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Life Before Legend

(Legend 0.5)

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  16,221 ratings  ·  1,318 reviews
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 w ...more
Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile (first published November 13th 2012)
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Shatha J no! It's a better experience to read this after you know the characters well :)
Rysa This is my opinion just keep this in mind. I really like Life Before Legend though it is not as good as the other books because it is shorter ( 2…moreThis is my opinion just keep this in mind. I really like Life Before Legend though it is not as good as the other books because it is shorter ( 2 short stories one about about Day and one about June). They both are 12 then and adorable. Day is alone then, his knee really bad and my heart breaks reading about him. It's a bit disgusting and weird because Days first k*** takes place. The stories are really amazing.
It takes about June's first day at Drake College and it talks about her brother Metias! June has not friends and she's just so alone and reading from her perspective is kind of sad!(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This was a cute little paperback that came with my hardback boxed set of the trilogy. It's just two little stories about Day and June when they were younger. I loved them both but I loved Day's better =)
kirstin ✿
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really like reading back stories, prequels, short story companions; they give us glimpses of what the characters' life had been before the storm finally hits. Or in other words, what used to be their normal life.

Life Before Legend tells us two different episodes of Day's and June's lives. At some point they happened simultaneously, one event resulting from another.

Episode one is about Day and his first kiss, yeah? (Ohh... I'm starting to adapt his dialect.) We were able to meet some of the peo
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Ryan Buckby
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Keep at it, Junebug—someday, you’ll shake the Republic to its very core. You’ll be absolutely unforgettable. I know it.

This is my favourite book series ever and i haven't read anything from this world for 4 years and it was good to see Day and June again.

Plot: This little novella story takes place 3 years before the events of the main series and we see June and Day in a totally different light. It was really good to see these characters in a different situation then what it was like in the m
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Dannii Elle
I have had this addition to the Legend trilogy on my list since reading and immensely enjoying the series late last year. I must say that I was a little disappointed. Life Before Legend is a collection of two short stories set a few years prior to the events taking place in the main trilogy. One story is from the perspective of Day, and one from June. It didn't add much to my knowledge and love of the series and I can't say I found the plot hugely intriguing in either tale. It was, however, in ...more
Ferdy
2.5 stars — spoilers

Meh. I kind of thought the whole novella was pointless and unnecessary — the story added nothing to the series. I didn't learn anything new from twelve year old Day or June. I already knew June was a loner and had no friends, I already knew she was admitted into university at age twelve, I already knew that the only important person in her life was her brother and I already knew she was full of herself. And I already knew Day was a flirt, I already knew girls loved him becaus
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[Shai] Bibliophage
This is a short novella giving a glimpse on one of the memorable days of Day and June before the Legend. Day recounting the memory of his first kiss and of June at her first day at the University. The stories on this novella show us that Day misses the company of a family and of June's respect and love for her brother Metias. I love reading these short novellas because they giving a glimpse on some important events of the lives of the characters in the books.
Kayla
Jan 10, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
WAIT. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

LIFE BEFORE LEGEND #2?

IS THIS TRUE?!



THIS BETTER NOT BE A JOKE. I CAN'T. EVEN. COMPREHEND

I AM SO PUMPED FOR THIS.
Emma
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's kinda hard to write a review of this because this has like 2 chapters: one from Day's perspective and one from June's.

So if you are a huge Legend fan, I recommend you to read this one too :) It's interesting and really quick to read!

4 stars from me.
Zahra Rhm
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It has 2 episodes. One from Day's perspective and one from June's. For fan of this trilogy it is enjoyable.

The fun thing about prequels are that every character of the series you know will be ALIVE.

Josiah (bookishfanboy)
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I FINISHED THE LEGEND TRILOGY. AND NOW I FINISHED THIS NOVELLA CALLED LIFE BEFORE LEGEND. AND IT WAS SHORT BUT GREAT READ TO KNOW MORE ABOUT DAY AND JUNE. NOW, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AFTER CHAMPION, LIFE AFTER CHAMPION PERHAPS?
Toph
The stories were well-written but extremely predictable. 3.5 stars.
Vivianne
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-owned, z-4-stars
Really enjoyable, a great way to be back in the world again. But waaaayyy to short.
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
ALL THE STARS! My precious cinnamon rolls June and Day are perfect! I am so happy that I got this extra material, it was well worth buying the entire hardcover boxed set just to get these 41 pages of new content. I must admit I hesitated because it was so expensive and I could have got the books so much cheaper, but boy am I glad that I ignored myself and bought them anyway, because it was so worth it! I am so happy to have read this!

Despite the lack of length, it was just so sweet!

Day's story w
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Jackie
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW THIS MADE ME MISS DAY AND JUNE EVEN MORE I NEED TO REREAD THE LEGEND SERIES ASAP
Mounim Kamel
life before legend is a prequel to the legend trilogy, since it is a short novella i don't have many things to say about it, generally if you like the triology and want to know more about Day and June, these short stories will tell you a little bit about their lives before any of the main events happen, and will tell you about their younger versions
Nur Raihan
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been the kind of person to read prequel of the book in any series before starting the first book, so I read this before reading Legend. It has only 2 chapters- a chapter from Day's POV, and another chapter from June's POV. Since I was just exposed a little bit to the characters when they were 12, I am looking forward to see what will happen in their lives 3 years later! (I have a good feeling for this series, please let me be right about this)

Moving on to Legend :)
Nicay │The Nerdy side of a Queen
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Dear June and Day,

I love you both. That's all. :D
Diane
"You'll find your tribe. We all do. Someday, someone out there will see you for the girl you really are. Someday, you'll find someone who understands you."


I am a sucker for novellas, short stories, back stories, prequels and epilogues. Whenever I find out that the book I just read has one (or more), I make it a point to read them. I just feel that it just adds more depth to the story.

The events depicted here take place three years before Legend, when Day and June were only twelve year old kids.
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Krina Satra (BooksAndBookmarks)
I loved the Trilogy, but this wasn't what I wanted really in a novella.
I mean I got to see the two characters I love being in a situation I'm not accustomed to seeing them in, and them acting like it. I just didn't enjoy it much. I think I'd have enjoyed the novella more if it had been based on other characters like Tess or Metias or Thomas or something.

Didn't hate this, but didn't like it either. I seem to have a love-hate kind of relation with this book.
Kassiah
1-1/2 stars. It was almost okay. But I didn't like it.

You know how it is when you read a book that you love. You want more of those characters: their thoughts, their lives, any snippet of their histories or futures that you can get your hands on. That's how I always feel--I want more.

Sometimes, though, more comes at a cost that I'm not willing to pay. I loved Legend so much. I loved June and Day and almost everything about it. So when I saw that there was going to be more about their lives bef
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Carina Olsen
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This won't be a long review, since it is two very short stories. But oh. It is two very good short stories! Life Before Legend is a short story from Day and June's point of views when they were twelve years old. And oh. They were just so small and adorable. Day is one of my all-time favorite characters. I also adore June very much, she's just amazing. I love her brother Metias as well.

First we read a story from Day's point of view at the age of twelve. At that time he was just all alone. And oh.
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Rika - (The Unpretentious Reader)
Though it is really short, I really liked it.

We're already informed about how it was like for Day and June in this time of their lives.. but it's even better to see a glimpse of it ourselves.

I'd have liked for it to start from the moment Day woke up to found himself the only living among all the dead *it would have made a PERFECT start* but I guess we're not THAT lucky.. so we're just gonna make do with what we got.

June's part was my fav. It's nothing new to know she was a some kind of celebrity
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⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own, companions
A very short, but nice addition to the Legend trilogy. The first story tells the story of how 12 year old Day got his first kiss, the second story is about June's first day at Drake university. Solid, fluent writing and it was nice to read something new about these characters. The mentioning of Metias broke my heart a little but made me happy as well. Recommended for fans of the trilogy :)
Kassidy
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, novellas
A really great novella! I loved learning more about Day and June. It was cool reading about pivotal points in their lives and how those events shaped them as people. It also showed some weaknesses and naïvety in these two characters that seem so strong and mature. It was great how to see how they learned from their mistakes!
Phoebe
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ana Passos
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelves
Episode one: Day - 3/5

Episode two: June - 4,5/5
Christina
3.5 stars

2nd time reading.
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: part-of-a-series
It's been a long time since I read Legend, so reading this today was amazing. I want to reread the series!!!
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 3.5

Liked Day's short story better, though if I'm being honest it was just the last few lines of his POV that stood out and tugged at my heart and the rest was just fine. I liked June's story enough but with Metias being alive here I was expecting something more touching and nostalgic.
Little.Maii
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
I really like this one :)
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