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Prodigy (Legend) Paperback – April 8, 2014
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Marie Lu’s New York Times bestseller, PRODIGY:
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From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
“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.”
From THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS:
“. . . clear your calendar to allow yourself the luxury of reading this book in one or two sittings. You will be shaken . . .”
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“Lu opts for a high simmer of intrigue in her sequel to Legend…taut and insightful.”
STARRED REVIEW from SHELF AWARENESS:
“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:
From ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:
“Fine writing and excellent execution. Sequel, please!”
From THE NEW YORK TIMES:
“Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.”
From USA TODAY:
“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.”
From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
“an action-packed love story full of inventive details.”
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“Lu’s debut is a stunner. . . raises hopes high for the sequels to come. ”
STARRED REVIEW from KIRKUS REVIEWS:
“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.”
STARRED REVIEW from BOOKLIST:
“[D]elicious details keep pages turning . . . you’ve got the makings for a potent sequel.”
STARRED REVIEW from VOYA:
“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.”
STARRED REVIEW from LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION:
“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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After escaping from Day‘s execution June and Day are on the run from the entire Republic.
Day is injured, his brother and only living family is either a prisoner or a lab rat of the Republic.
June has nowhere to go after leaving everything she knows behind her to save Day.
With nothing left to loose they take an offer from the Patriots that are fighting against the government of the Republic. All they have to do in return for the Patriots help with all their problems is to assassinate the new Elector, Anden, after his father‘s recent death.
But in those troublesome times after the old Elector‘s death where the iron grip that the government had over it‘s people is starting to falter who can Day and June really trust and how much can their newly formed relationship handle.
This like the first book was a fast paced read with some twists and turns. We get to know more about the world that the story takes place in and we get to know the main characters better. I really liked this book and can‘t wait to read the last book in the trilgogy to see how this ends.
June is one of the smartest heroines I've ever read about, the way her brain works and pieces everything together is beyond commendable, but her ability to control her emotions--which might be great weapon when fighting against an opponent--makes her seem very emotionless to the reader, thus making it extremely difficult to connect with her and moreover, trust her. Throughout Prodigy, I always thought the June was going to betray Day, and the same thought carried over in this book. While reading Champion, I never thought Day and June were going to last long, there is too much bad history between them that it is mentally and emotionally impossible to forgive and forget, BUT I can't tell you how perfect and apt the ending was! Marie Lu is a genius and I'll forever bow down to her for changing my mid so quickly about something that seemed impossible. Champion was great book as it is, but the ending made it 100 times better. I absolutely love that Champion ended up shocking me to my bones yet making me extremely happy at the same time, it beats the ending to every book I've ever read.
Enough with the ending! Champion opens up with Day still being treated for his brain illness with no good results. His health is deteriorating fast and there is nothing he can do to stop it. While he's spending his time with Eden and bonding any chance he gets, June is following her Princeps duties and doesn't feel it's right for her. The main focus in Champion was to form a peace treaty between The Republics and The Colonies, and as expected, things don't go over smoothly with any of the parties. Amidst the shaky Republic rule, where one side supports the new Elector regardless of his age and others stuck their noses up in judgement, there is a threat of war from The Colonies. All these components made Champion a fast paced, thrilling read with non stop action and plotting. At any given time, something major was happening in the story and that's what I love the most about Marie Lu's storytelling. There was never a dull moment!
Champion was easily the best book in this lot and the Legend series is hands down The Best Dystopian series I've read. Hunger Games is long gone and far left behind, but this series will forever be in my heart. Thank You, Marie Lu, for creating this incredible series and introducing us to the most amazing and strong willed characters. Day and June will always remain my most cherished couple.
June and Day are on the run after the chaotic events of Legend, they soon find themselves in Patriot territory and join the rebel group in order to finally take out the new Elector. The previous Elector dies--off scene--and his son takes on the leadership. The plan is set and both June and Day are taking part. June must return to her position and get the new Elector, Anden, to be in the "kill spot" for when the Patriots are ready. But June soon learns that Anden is nothing like his father and wants to make changes for the good of the people in the Republic.
This was quite the exciting read for the most part, about 3/4 in it kind of stutters out after a shocking reveal, but picks up again with a nice action scene towards the end! The second book in trilogies tend to be all about the shocks! We get quite a few of those in this one! There's also more indepth character development and naturally, trouble in paradise when it comes to romance.
Not only does it seem Anden likes June, but when Day reunites with Tess we learn that she loves him too. It's this part that weirded me out a bit. Tess is about 12, for I remember it being said that Day found Tess when she was 9 and he was 12. Three years isn't a big difference when it comes to age and relationships, but it's the fact that she's 12 and proclaims to be sooo in love with Day that weirded me out. When I was 12, I wasn't anywhere close to those feelings. In fact, I think I laughed at the "boyfriend-girlfriend" scenarios around me at school. Because really, what kind of relationship can you have at such a young age! Day and June being 15 and so in love still weirded me out a tad, but I can get over that one because it's close to 16 when most YA books have the intense feelings of love going around. But 12?! Sorry, but no.
I could understand where Tess was coming from though in falling in love with Day. She's known him for 3 years and the two have been inseparable until recently. But I would've thought that would get more towards sibling affection rather than romantic ones, but I digress.
The action in this one was good! June and Day are apart of the Patriots' plan to assassinate Anden, but then things change. There's a definite tension going on throughout the book and the end results give strife to Day and June's budding relationship.
The ending was yet another shocker! It's not so much a cliffhanger, but you're left reeling at why this and that happened or didn't happen! There's a lot left unsaid between Day and June and I am more than eager to dive into the final book of the trilogy!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars