- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
- Format: Hardback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 211mm x 36mm | 544g
- Publication date: 29 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0399256768
- ISBN 13: 9780399256769
- Sales rank: 30,975
Featured on "Entertainment Weekly"'s MUST-LIST! The highly anticipated second book in Marie Lu's "New York Times" bestseller, LEGEND--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?
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Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling novel, "Legend." After graduating from the University of Southern California, she 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 boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.
By Brenna Staats 28 Jan 2014
Legend captured my attention with its action-oriented story line, and likable characters that I couldn't get of; Prodigy delivered all of that and more in this exceptional sequel.
Reasons to Read:
1. Flawless plot continuity:
Prodigy perfectly builds on the story first introduced in Legend; there's no lull, and importantly Marie really expands on the plot lines and twists revealed in the first book of the series.
2. Strong world-building:
Legend stands out among other futuristic YA books for its impeccable world-building, and this only improves in Legend. We get to see a bit more of the world that June and Day live in, and experience new places at the same time as the characters do.
3. An action-oriented book:
I love books that are bursting with action and thrills, and Prodigy is exactly that. June and Day are both tough characters, in their own way, but their courage puts them in trying situations (which means that the reader gets plenty of excitement and action)!
4. A romance you can root for:
One of my favourite things about June and Day's relationship is that they're working for it. This rarely comes up in YA books, and I'm so pleased to see characters that try to communicate with one another, and while they aren't perfect you can easily see that their relationship doesn't just magically work out. It's a refreshing take on a love story, and one that is realistic too.
I also love all the details and attention Marie pays to the secondary characters and their stories, and it comes across so well in Prodigy (Metias will forever and ever be my favourite). That being said, at times it almost feels like there's a little too much going on for me to really understand and appreciate all the side stories that are happening. It can take away from the overall story, although I understand that this is hard when you have such a large fictional world and only three books. You just can't fit everything in.
ARC received from Penguin Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Praise for Marie Lu's "New York Times" bestseller, "PRODIGY" Featured on "ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY"'S MUST-LIST! 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."