Prodigy (Marie Lu's Legend Series #2)

Prodigy (Marie Lu's Legend Series #2)

by Marie Lu
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Prodigy (Marie Lu's Legend Series #2) by Marie Lu

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 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142427552
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Series: Marie Lu's Legend Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 20,345
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marie Lu ( is the author of the New York Times bestselling Legend series. 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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Prodigy: A Legend Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 405 reviews.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Prodigy exceeded my expectations by a mile. We all know the middle book syndrome but Marie Lu managed to avoid that pit. Prodigy wasn't just good, it was spectacularly written, the plot was crafty, and so much better than Legend. Prodigy had its own main plot and it didn't aimlessly go on like some middle books. The stakes are so much higher here; we have an assassination plot, finding people, trying to start a revolution against the Republics, and a lot of backstabbing. What is surprising was alliances were formed that we wouldn't have expected, not in a million years.Prodigy is also told from both Day and June's POV. Don't go thinking there is much romance and a love triangle or square, because throughout the book, the romance was insignificant to me in comparison to the big plans going on. Yes, there is progression in the romance, some heartbreaks and a horrible cliffhanger, but for the most part Marie Lu stuck to the true meaning of the dystopian genre. I loved that Day and June spent a big portion of the novel apart because this way Lu was able to cover a big portion of the plot and more action.The direction of the plot that Lu took hooked me. The assassination plot allowed the whole book to progress in a way that kept the readers excited as well as allowed her to give us hints and here and there and create a few subplots, such as the relationship between Day and Tess. I also loved how Day and June have become "celebrities" in the eyes of the population and how Marie Lu used the whole revolutionary theme to free America in Prodigy.In terms of the characters, I found Day to be a tiny bit to be easily mistrustful of June and easily persuaded by the people around him. As for June, I think she out shined everyone in Prodigy. I have to admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of her in Legend but she stole my heart in Prodigy. She was kick butt, rational, logical, never lost sight of the plan and faithful. Tess, for me, was very annoying and a jealous kid throughout the whole novel and I just couldn't stand her. We also have the new Elector who I surprisingly warmed up to.All in all, I would highly recommend fans of Legend to pick up Prodigy as soon as possible, and for fans of dystopian novels who haven't picked up Legend, to do so as soon as possible! This series is one of the best dystopian novels I have read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love it!!!!! When is the next book coming out? Lu has the right balance between romance and adventure. You learn a lot about June and Day. There're some very intersting twists and turns to the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That ending. No Just no. My feels! Asdfghjkl I can't stop crying. AUTHORS, WHY YOU DO THIS TO US? Asdfghjkl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Day and june and the ending..... I cant even.... I dont.... Just no. I cant even believe....... Why do authors do this to us?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have officially finished this entire book in less the 24 hours, it was so good. Day and June leap off of the page, just like they did in Legend, and I can't give enough praise to Marie Lu. All I can really say without giving away anything crucial, is that, just like in Legend, she delivers twists I never saw coming. I literally set the book down, almost unwillingly, to announce that my mind was just blown. I'm buckling down for the wait of book three, just wondering where Marie Lu can go from here, but having full confidence that she's going to thoroughly impress me. If there is anything to take from this comment it is to pick up Legend and Prodigy, and see if it's something you might enjoy as much as I know I have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i loved this book and could not put it down!!! But are you kidding me? I hate the ending soooo much!!! It pisses me off and i cant even calm down im so upset. The next book better fix what happened in the end. I understand its a twist and leaves the readers wanting more, but that is just a cruel thing.other than the ending it was very exciting and enjoyable except for a few parts where i wanted to punch tess. Go and read it, you will understd what im talking about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing...just as good as the Catching Fire series. the characters are so full and in depth and the story plot is sick!! lots of twists and turns, which makes you question who your loyalties are in. one thing I noticed, I wished the characters were moreso like...18 because 15 is too young to be as mature as these characters are. that's neither here nor there though, because the book is amazing. There were some military desciptions I skipped over because I had no idea what it even was lol. But her descriptions and writing style are sooo darn good. Where is book three???? I need it. Also, for those who read that the ending is heartbreaking...don't worry. It had to end with a cliff hanger. But I have nothing but complete and utter faith in these two characters and their survival. Day and June forever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ouch. Right in the feels. ASDFGHJKL. I can't even… I'm in a glass case of emotion! Why does everyone act so normal when I just experienced being emotionally overwhelmed by reading this story. What sucks though is that since there's gonna be a movie, the people who haven't even read the book would claim that they're the biggest fans off the series. BUT NO. They didn't have to wait for the any of the books to be published after reading the first book! I'm sorry guys… This is what finishing an amazing book does to me…
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and has something to offer for everyone. I couldnt believe the ending I was in shock and like wanted to sart crying. I cant wait for champion. I didnt think that the author could add anymore plot twists but she did and it was just amazing! Highly recomend this book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marie Lu has done it again!! After impatiently waiting for a sequel to the dystopian, thrilling story of two heroes,  each from their own world, I have finally been rewarded with a gripping, equally thrilling, sequel completely  worth the grueling year and a half long wait. In Legend Day and June where separated by their two different  worlds, but now they are pulled apart by the deceptions and misconceptions of trying to bring peace to the  Republic. Marie Lu did a great job with Prodigy, as she created almost a new mood to her series. In Legend   you could feel the suspense as you learned of the Republic's darkest and most convoluted secrets, but in  Prodigy there was this darker feel as Day and June's loyalties are tested as they decide do they assassinate   the Elector. The ending kept me on the edge of my seat and left me on a cliffhanger, which has me dying in  anticipation for the next installment to the Legend series. Great job Marie Lu!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finnished the book. HOW COULD SHE DO THIS TO ME!!!!!????!!! I LOVE DAY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marie Lu...thank you!!!! What an exceptional series. Finished the book in 24 hours as well; couldn't put it down. But, really...we need the next book ASAP!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in less than 24 hrs and i loved it. I wasnt expecting any of the twist and turns that happened. It kept me on the edg of my seat the whole time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Loved the characters; loved the story. I cannot wait for the next book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a amazing
book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!                               Nothing could beat this book! It kept my heart rate going! Much better than the first book, and I can't wait to read the next one!  I was sad with the way ended it ended though! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK BUT THE ENDING IS SO FLIPING SAAAAAD!!!!!!!! But defienitly its awesome well worth ten bucks. I also agree with another reviewer who said that the characters are way too mature for 15 but ya it was good. GOOD JOB MARIE LU!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Positive: The book had a fair amount of action, and just the right amount of romance. The unexpected news really gets the reader hungrily flipping the pages of the book. It takes a lot of work to get the reader thinking.(Readers will recieve suprising news near the end.) Negative: Prodigy wasn't as thrilling as the first book, Legend. Its abrupt ending didn't really wrap up the book, and though I know it takes a lot of work to write a satisfying ending, the author could have tried harder. It would have been a great ending for a chapter (I eagerly flipped the page for more, but sadly found myself staring at the adknowledgements) but I was very disappointed at the ending and the author. I am very confused if there will be a third book or not, though i think not becausof the news readers find out at the end. (I swear to not spoil the book.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prodigy is a action packed book that is so TOTALLY awesome i could not put it down! I love the way Marie Lu discribed everything so clearly. Also I was wondering is there anothor book? The ending made me so sad. I FELT LIKE CRYING!!!!!! So, anyway you should read this book, but only if you read Legend. Ok. What are you waiting for? READ IT FOR GODSAKE!!!!!!!!
BookStacksOnDeck More than 1 year ago
Amazing!   I was seriously counting down the days for this next book in the series to come out 'cause I loved Legend so much - and I was not disappointed! Day & June are in Vegas trying to stay under the radar when soon they learn of the "great" Elector dying. His son inherits the position of Elector and from what June can remember of meeting him back when she was a devoted Republic soldier, she wasn't impressed. They meet Razor and a few other undercover Patriots, including Kaede and Tess. They then plan out the assassination of the new Elector, with the Patriots hoping it will cause the Republic citizens to spark a revolution. Day and June agree, with the agreement that the Patriots will help Day find his brother.  Book number two was full of action and surprising twists. Day gets a crazy new robo-leg that allows him to easily scale and jump between building rooftops and Kaede is a total badass fighter pilot. I loved Kaede in this sequel - totally fearless, inventive, and talented. June was pretty badass too, considering her conditions. Also, Day and June are faced with moments of reflecting what their relationship means to themselves and to the other. While June's spending time with the new Elector, Anden, convincing him that she's loyal to the Republic again, she finds out that he's not such a bad guy after all and thinking about how different she and Day are from each other and how much grief she's caused him. She knows that life would be a lot easier if she had just ended up with a guy like Anden. At the same time, Day is spending time with Tess, who is becoming more and more proficient with her nursing abilities, and he finds that Tess isn't looking at him the same way she used to - like a cousin or older brother - more like with big ol' doe eyes with batting lashes. She doesn't hesitate to tell Day that he shouldn't trust June and reminds him of how she caused what happened to his family. I loved the twist toward the end and the unraveling of the clues that led Day and June to figuring it all out. That ending though - OMG - I can't wait to read the next book!  P.S. I pre-ordered the hardback version & when I got it in the mail, I was like - "Oh no, I gotta be super careful with it 'cause of the PAPER jacket cover!"  It's not like I'm not careful with my books, so oh well.  Then my dog licked it & I was like - NooooOooOooOoOoOoOOO!  ...but it was okay lol.  I love the deckle-edged pages!  :D Source: Purchased
TalleyRoss More than 1 year ago
Not as good as 'Legend', but still good. 'Prodigy' feels more plot driven that 'Legend'. And truthfully, it was the marriage of plot and character drives in 'Legend' that I thought was so superb. So in that regards, I was disappointed. The story is still interesting. The reader still cares about June and Day and wants to know what happens in their stories. Lu held my interest. I didn't find myself flipping to see how long the chapter was, because the story flowed well. I liked the alternating POVs, and applaud Lu for giving her characters different voices. I think it is extremely difficult to tell stories from different characters perspectives and to make sure they sound like different people (The problem I noticed in the 'Matched' trilogy). Curious where the story will go. And as I told my daughter, who has not yet read the book, I am intrigued to know if what is revealed at the end is truth or fiction. Sad that I will probably have to wait another year and a half for the next book to find out.
ScottReadsIt More than 1 year ago
Legend is one of all my time favorite books and so once I heard that my library had Prodigy had to go get it. I wasted no time and I started almost immediately after getting Prodigy.        Prodigy is one emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you desperate for more. The 2nd installment in the Legend Trilogy is extremely fast-paced with cinematic action packed scenes. Marie Lu's writing ability is unparalleled . Once you start Legend or Prodigy, you'll forget about the world around you because you'll be so engaged. If you need to go to school that day, it doesn't matter because the Republic is at stake.       Day and June are perfect and they could do no wrong in my mind.  I have such a strong emotional connection with the characters Lu created. Between Legend and the end of Prodigy I feel like June and Day have grown and matured so much. June and Day are      The romance isn't a a major component of Prodigy but it's very essential to the story. There is a love triangle but it didn't bother me at all. I actually really enjoyed the love triangle because it was complex and extremely developed. A perfect love triangle isn't just about which character you like better, it's about the stakes that come with each character. Anden was such an intriguing and interesting character to read about but the whole thing with him and June can't work out. Day and June are star-crossed lovers because they were destined to be together. Romance is usually the downfall of most YA novels for me but in Prodigy it's one of my favorite attributes.       From chapter one I was enthralled in the exciting but terrifying world of the Republic. There were tons of awesome action scenes in addition to the fantastic romantic scenes. The fighter jet scene was unadulterated awesome and it reminded me of the X-Wing scenes from Star Wars. Another scene that really stood out in my mind was of course the bath tub scene. I could rant all day about how much I loved Prodigy but I don't want to spoil a plot point by accident.         The ending was such an emotional cliff hanger and I couldn't stop bawling when I finished reading. I can count on one hand the number of times I have cried while reading a book. The only other time I remember crying while reading was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I was an emotional train wreck and all I could think about was how 2014 was way too far away.         You must read Prodigy! Prodigy is an absolutely perfect book and I highly recommend reading it. If there's anything I want you to get out of this post is that you should go to your closest library/bookstore and get Prodigy right now. Marie Lu is a literary prodigy and words can't express how much I loved Prodigy. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book it had great twists and turns. I hate how authors leave you off with a cliff hanger. There was an incredible in the end I hate it cause I want to know what happens. Can't wait for the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prodigy picks up right where Legacy leaves off. It takes us on a fast pace through what the world is like in the story and I have loved it. The only negative thing is it leaves us hanging - again! Read the series, it is really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i started crying reading the end of this book how could this happen this is the best book i have ever read