My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 has two short stories – one of Day’s first kiss, and the other of June’s first day. For 12 year olds, both are plucky, fierce and strong people, as can be seen by Day’s act of selflessness and June standing up to bullies. You can’t think of them as kids, when one has to live on the streets, scavenging for food, while the other has to stand up to ridicule and scorn, but I couldn’t help but gush imagining them as gawky little teens! I wouldn’t give away much of the story, but Day’s story? Not as mysterious as hinted as in Prodigy; it was sort of okay with a hint of creepy. June, well, girl was always badass and what more can be said of that, besides her also being incredibly smart. I, however, would have preferred her infamous record climb or something like that.