Life Before Legend by Marie Lu.
Book 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.
Liana's Summary: Day and June both had their own separate lives before their paths crossed. Day was struggling for food, as always, while June was preparing for her first day at Drake University, trying to battle down her insecurities. Marie Lu captures a precious moment from each character when they were but twelve years old.
Some people say that this novella was unnecessary, boring, or something or other, mainly because people KNOW about Day and June's childhood. People think that novellas are all about getting to learn something new about a certain character, or, finding out that an antagonist isn't so bad after all, etc, etc. Come on, guys. This is Life BEFORE Legend. The 0.5 novella? Even if it didn't contain information that we didn't already know, it was still a fun and short read-- besides, it helps quench one's thirst in the process of waiting for Champion. omg.
YES, GUYS. THIS IS DEFINITELY WORTH READING. CHECK IT OUT!