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Prodigy: A Legend Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 29, 2013

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Book 2 of 3 in the Legend Series

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Taking up where Legend (2011) ended, the second book in the series finds June, patrician military star, and Day, street fighter and hero of the people, on a freight train to Las Vegas, where they hope to meet up with the Patriots—those opposed to the government of the Republic and its dictator, the Elector. It’s hard to describe the plot without giving up spoilers, but suffice it to say June and Day’s newfound attraction intensifies, even as their issues with trust—and outside sources (including Day’s old friend Tess)—threaten the relationship. Meanwhile, more backstory about the history of the Republic and the Colonies fleshes out the narrative. As in the previous book, the story is told in the alternating voices of June and Day, which are presented in two different typefaces and colors. This is a well-molded mixture of intrigue, romance, and action, where things can change with almost any turn of the page, and frequently do. A soap-operatic turn of events at the book’s conclusion doesn’t hurt at all and will only heighten the clamor for the next title. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper


Praise for Marie Lu’s New York Times bestseller, PRODIGY:
“Marie Lu has beaten the curse with Prodigy. . . it has all the chivalry of Robin Hood and all the shine and grime of Blade Runner . . . The well-drawn worlds, political undercurrents and the believability of the characters make it all feel fresh . . . Lu proves that a Book 2 needn't play second fiddle, providing intrigue and deep pleasure all its own.”
“. . . clear your calendar to allow yourself the luxury of reading this book in one or two sittings. You will be shaken . . .”
 “Lu opts for a high simmer of intrigue in her sequel to Legend…taut and insightful.”
Stunning follow-up to Legend . . . The thrilling action and futuristic settings are sure to please fans of Divergent.”
Praise for Marie Lu’s New York Times bestseller LEGEND:
“Fine writing and excellent execution. Sequel, please!”

Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.”
“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.”
“an action-packed love story full of inventive details.”
Lu’s debut is a stunner. . . raises hopes high for the sequels to come. ”
 “A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles. This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes.”
 “[D]elicious details keep pages turning . . . you’ve got the makings for a potent sequel.”
 “A fast-paced blend of action and science fiction (with only a hint of potential romance) means that this one will likely appeal to male and female readers alike.  Debut author Lu has managed a great feat—emulating a highly successful young adult series while staying true to her own voice. Legend will give Hunger Games fans something worthwhile to read.”
 “This book stands out . . .”
FROM KAMI GARCIA, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy
“A romantic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems—Legend is impossible to put down and even harder to forget.”
FROM SARAH REES BRENNAN, author of The Demon Lexicon trilogy
“A compelling dystopic world, with diverse characters, high tension and political intrigue. [If] you liked the Hunger Games, you'll love this.”

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Legend (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399256769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256769
  • ASIN: 0399256768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,090 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marie Lu ( is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, as well as The Young Elites. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on July 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
4.5 Stars

Ooh, the FEELS!!! This book pulled more feelings out of me then I knew I had. It was intense and overwhelming!! I was breathless, and in awe with the direction that this book took. PRODIGY is a action-packed, emotion-filled, heart-pounding of a sequel, that I devoured! I really did not see that ending coming, I was left with my mouthing hanging wide open and tears threatening to fall. To say I was pleased and SHOCKED with PRODIGY, that would be an understatement, I was ELATED and totally satisfied with this book!!!


The Republic is on the brink of collapse. The government is losing their stronghold on the people. The Republic has failed them, used an abused them, and the people are fed up, and are now ready to fight back... But then the unthinkable happens, and they're world is thrown into an uproar of chaos and mayhem that could very well change the world as they know it, either for the good, or the bad...
A Bombshell Of A Sequel!!

With the help from the Patriots, a rebel organization that revolts against the Republic, June has barely succeed in breaking Day out from his execution. But not without a price, a heavy price that will be paid one way or another. Now on the run and being two of the most wanted criminals in the Republic, June and Day have very little options. They can either join the Patriots on their mission to bring back the old United States, or they can run, and hide and try to make it to the colonies to seek refuge, if they make it that far. With little else, June and Day are reluctantly recruited into Patriots.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By woven on January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
3.5 stars

It's been over a year since I read Legend, the first novel in the trilogy. Legend was no doubt my favorite dystopian and one of my favorite books last year! I loved everything about it, and I eagerly anticipated the release of the sequel. Now having finally read Prodigy...

Unfortunately, it didn't do it for me the way the first book did. It was a much more different reading experience for me. While Legend was engaging and had me hooked from the very beginning, I felt detached throughout Prodigy. I had hoped that feeling would ease by the time I was halfway, and I really wish I could have shaken off that feeling entirely. However, it never happened. And it greatly determined how I felt about the novel overall.

I think I can pinpoint what exactly bothered me while reading. It was the characters. In my review for Legend, I go on and on, praising the main characters Day and June and some of the secondary characters. This time around the characters didn't quite work for me. In fact, they either irritated me or I didn't care about them at all. Even when something horrible happened, none of them could get me to shed tears or root for them passionately. (Except maybe Metias, but sadly he's not of the living.) My problem with June and especially Day in this book stems from the fact that after everything they went through in the previous book, it seemed all they could do was question each other and question why the other would want to be with them. I understand why they would have doubts though. They haven't known each other long, and they met through heartbreaking circumstances. That's something they brought up throughout the course of the novel. But for me, all that did was make it seem like what they shared in Legend wasn't...real.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog on July 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I knew there was a reason I was so looking forward to this book! Where Legend excited and thrilled me to my core, Prodigy kept me on the edge of my seat and broke my heart.

June and Day are on the run. The public may half believe Day is dead, but the Republic knows better. With rumors flying, the two escape to Vegas, only to find that the Elector has died and his son Anden has taken his place. In order to save Day's brother and themselves, June and Day join the Patriots and the plot to assassinate the new Elector and start a revolution. Soon, though, June sees that Anden is different. He wishes for change, change that will help the people. Is it possible that the government could be good--without a revolution?

I was sold on Legend because it had been touted as a recreation of the Valjean and Javert relationship in Les Miserables (Fun fact: I'm listening to Les Mis as I write this.) I kept reading because I was fascinated by the world and the characters. I was able to look past any problems because I had such fun reading the book. With Prodigy, though, I was already invested, and deeply. Marie Lu clearly took advantage of this, drawing me in quickly and not letting go until the final sentence. Even then, I was a blubbering mess. With this book, I was more than enthralled.

While Legend suffered a bit (when I was able to look critically) from a general lack of worldbuilding, Prodigy kicks that idea to the curb. By the end of the book, I felt like I had a fantastic understanding of the world. I especially liked seeing the Colonies, since they had been much spoken of--and they didn't disappoint.
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