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Prodigy
Legend Series, Book 2
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The second book in Marie Lu's New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the...
The second book in Marie Lu's New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the...
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  • The second book in Marie Lu's New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!
    June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

    It's their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

    But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she's haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

    In this highly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller Legend, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

    "Masterful." —The Los Angeles Times
    "Lu's action-packed series is the real deal." Entertainment Weekly

    From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • From the book

    MAKING BLIND PROMISES

    "I'll be blunt with you. Your skills are not as valuable to me as they used to be, Day. Over the years, we've recruited other Runners—and now, with all due respect, adding another one to our team isn't a priority. Your friend already knows"—he pauses to nod at June—"that the Patriots are not a charity. You're asking us for a great deal of help. What will you give us in return? You can't be carrying much money."

    June gives me a pointed look. If the Patriots turn us down, we'll really be on our own. "We don't have a lot of money," I admit. "I'm not going to speak for June, but if there is anything I can do in exchange for your help, just say the word."

    "I'd be happy to take you in, and you'll both be well cared for. In return, we'd ask for your help with a new project. No questions asked. But you'll both need to pledge your allegiance to the Patriots before I'll reveal any details about what you'll be doing. These are my terms. What do you think?"

    June looks from me to Razor. Then she lifts her chin higher. "I'm in. I'll pledge allegiance to the Patriots."

    There's a slight falter in her words, like she knows she's truly turned her back on the Republic. The fact that she said yes tugs at my heart. If June is giving herself to the Patriots, then she must realize that we have no better choice. And she's doing this for my sake. I raise my own voice. "Me too."

    Razor smiles, rises from the couch, and holds up his drink as if to toast us. "It's official, then. You're going to help us assassinate the new Elector Primo."

    In LEGEND, you met Day, a wanted criminal, and June, the government's most promising asset. When June's brother is murdered, Day becomes the prime suspect. But when they meet, the truth is unleashed, and together, they fight for revenge . . . and each other.

    PRODIGY takes you deeper into the revolution. June and Day have escaped from the Republic's stronghold in Las Vegas just as the Elector Primo dies, leaving his son to take his place. But is the new Elector anything like his father? And was joining the Patriot rebels the right decision for June and Day?

    The trilogy concludes with CHAMPION, and surprises are in wait. You may think you know what's coming . . . but even June and Day are shocked by how their story ends.

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

    REPUBLIC OF AMERICA

    POPULATION: 7,427,431

    JAN. 4. 1932 HOURS.

    OCEAN STANDARD TIME.

    THIRTY-FIVE DAYS AFTER METIAS'S DEATH.

    DAY JOLTS AWAKE BESIDE ME. HIS BROW IS COVERED with sweat, and his cheeks are wet with tears. He's breathing heavily.

    I lean over him and brush a wet strand of hair out of his face. The scrape on my shoulder has scabbed over already, but my movement makes it throb again. Day sits up, rubs a hand wearily across his eyes, and glances around our swaying railcar as if searching for something. He looks first at the stacks of crates in one dark corner, then at the burlap lining the floor and the little sack of food and water sitting between us. It takes him a minute to reorient himself, to remember that we're hitching a ride on a train bound for Vegas. A few seconds pass before he releases his rigid posture and lets himself sag back against the wall.

    I gently tap his hand. "Are you okay?" That's become my constant question.

    Day shrugs. "Yeah," he mutters. "Nightmare."

    Nine days have passed since we broke out of Batalla Hall and escaped Los Angeles. Since then, Day has had nightmares every time he's closed his eyes. When we first got away and were able to catch a few hours of rest in an abandoned train yard, Day bolted awake...

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  • DOGO Books George - Prodigy is a fast paced, action packed and suspenseful sequel to the first book in its series, Legend. This book takes place in a strict dystopian society, making it science fiction. Marie Lu(The author)creates this book with an interesting plot with a lot of twists to it. I would definitely recommend this book to kids 12 and above. So what makes this book so good? Read on to find out. Prodigy maintains a fast pace and compelling example of life in a strict dystopian society, as in Legend, while continuing to portray a believable love story between the Republic of America’s most wanted and their star military trainee. Yet not once does this romance get in the way of a fascinating story. It’s not always clear how June and Day truly feel towards each other, torn between trusting what they grew up believing and what surrounds them now. Day questions whether June really is a dependable person despite coming from a privileged background of great wealth, while Day grew up on the streets, and June questions where her devotion lay, in protecting the Elector Primo or demolishing the system? It would be easy to write a story in which both characters transform into two people with converging beliefs, but Marie Lu shows us that our background is not so easy to escape from. It’s anything but an easy ride for these two dedicated teenagers. Marie Lu takes us through an unpredictable series of events that show that a repressive society is not always black and white, that those who at first seem evil, or honorable and good, may surprise you. I first read Legend two months ago and I was worried that I would no longer be able to follow the storyline, but flashbacks are seamlessly added, meaning that I was able to jump right back in without any trouble. Prodigy is similar to many other dystopian books. For example in the Hunger Games, there is also a romance story and the society killing innocent people. But in Prodigy there are so many more plot twists and interesting changes to how you thought the book was going to be. Prodigy in my opinion stands out from other dystopian books out there. Marie Lu has many other books including the next book in this series, Champion, and other dystopian novels such as The Young Elites. Before she started working on books, she was a video game designer for disney. I think Marie Lu is a great writer and this series so far has been great. I have another book review on Legend, the first book in the series. So if you are a teenager, or around that age that likes dystopian/Sci-fi books, you’ll love this bestselling book, Prodigy.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 26, 2012
    The characters are known, world-building is complete, and readers know the destination is still out of reach. It’s the second book of a trilogy—how will the author handle it? Lu opts for a high simmer of intrigue in her sequel to Legend. June and Day are crucial pawns in the game of political plot and counterplot as power at the top of the Republic changes hands. Love must take a backseat: for Day, to family and friends; and for June, to the greater good that is her lodestone now that her family is dead. The pair is separated for much of the book, and talk dominates action—the world-shaping machinations are the means to bring about a more personal, subtle pivot in the story. June and Day were once divided by ignorance and circumstance; now they are held apart by principle and choice. The portrayal of their dilemma is taut and insightful, and while the story line resembles a high plateau of tension rather than a conventional arc, there are enough unfolding questions to propel the narrative to its aching ending. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    November 15, 2012
    Explosions, aerial dogfights, betrayals, bionic limbs and passionate kisses: the ingredients of a great action adventure. After their escape from Republic forces at the end of Legend (2011), popularly beloved rebel Day and Republic darling June need help. They lack both friends and money, and Day's wounds are festering. There's no help for it: They'll have to throw their lot in with the revolutionary Patriot forces. Day, whose own rebelliousness takes a playful, Robin Hood-esque approach, has always avoided the Patriots, with their cavalier attitude toward life and death. But with his life at risk from injury and no leads in his quest to find his missing baby brother, he has few options. After a too-lengthy buildup, Day and June find themselves embroiled in a dangerous assassination plot. They just want to protect their few remaining loved ones while saving their country--is that so wrong? The pathos of Day and June's erstwhile romance shines through without detracting from the tension of their rebellion; both riveting action and entertaining characterization keep their quest engaging (in one scene June apologizes through both ruthless tactical training and "the tragic slant of her eyebrows"). Meanwhile, the heroes' confusion when faced with the mores of the world outside their own Republic shines a worrying lens upon our own world. The slow build culminates in a satisfyingly cinematic climax. (Science fiction. 13-16)

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2013

    Gr 8 Up-This exciting book starts off right where Legend (Putnam, 2011) ended. June and Day have escaped from Los Angeles and are hitching a ride on a train bound for Vegas to join the Patriots. Reunited with Tess and aided by June's old nemesis, Kaede, Day and June recount in alternate chapters how they become involved in a plot to assassinate young Anden, the new Elector of the Republic, and an acquaintance of June's. If Day can successfully kill Anden, Patriot leader Razor has promised to help him find his younger brother, Eden, and escape to safety in the Colonies. Unsurprisingly, things do not go as planned. Anden has his own agenda, and June finds herself conflicted. Day and June are faced with conspiracies, shifting alliances, trust issues, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their quest to be together in this fast-paced and compelling book in the trilogy. Fans will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the conclusion.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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