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Prodigy

By: Marie Lu
Narrated by: Steven Kaplan,Mariel Stern
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Publisher's Summary

The second book in Marie Lu’s New York Times best-selling 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 best seller Legend, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

©2013 Marie Lu (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

Featured on Entertainment Weekly’s Must-List!

"Masterful." (The Los Angeles Times)

"Lu's action-packed series is the real deal." (Entertainment Weekly)

“Lu opts for a high simmer of intrigue in her sequel to Legend...taut and insightful.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)   

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Breathless

Would you consider the audio edition of Prodigy to be better than the print version?

Hard to say.

What did you like best about this story?

It's so emotional. Legend was a great book but Prodigy was just incredible. So moving and breath taking.

What does Steven Kaplan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes you love Day even more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was very hard not to. The story line was addicting, always twisting and turning and just amazing.

Any additional comments?

I am not sure why audible released before Amazon but I am so glad they did. This book was amazing. It broke my heart worse than almost any other book ever has.

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  • KK
  • 02-26-13

Loved it right up until the end

This book had me...right up until the end. I was on the verge of giving it 4, bordering on 4.5 stars and then it took a turn that left me groaning with annoyance.

The book was very good up until that point. In my opinion, better than the first. There was more detail, more action, more intrigue. The book starts out with Day and June fresh from their escape and on their way to Vegas, where they hope to find help in the Patriot rebels. From there, they are thrown into a plot to assassinate the new elector. They are split apart, reunited, exposed to harsh truths about both sides and forced to pick their path knowing that nothing will be as they hoped/expected. I kept expecting them to get split apart - divided by two causes and too many lies. But always Lu brought them back together with logic and sound reason that made sense considering these two characters who she has built with solid heads on their shoulders, even despite their ages. It was really good. But then, at the very last minute, she devolved into the silly YA nonsense that makes me want to stop reading YA entirely. Building false drama by making her characters become suddenly dumb when in the rest of the book, they were mature beyond their years and saw past all the lies and BS. It kind of ruined it for me.

I'll land on 3.5 stars for this one and I'm curious if I'll still be interested in book #3 when it comes out in 2014 (wtf!) If it was out already, I would read it. But I wonder if in a year (or more) from now, I will remember any of the good. Or if all I will remember is the bad taste that the ending of this one left in my mouth and decide to skip it

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Good follow

Interesting follow up to the first. Ready for the second one. But I admit I'm not 100% behind the MCs romantically. Part of me would be okay if they didn't end up together. Part of me doesn't care and is just more interested in this future North America and where it's going. We'll see....

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Action, Suspense, Romance....AWESOME!

Marie Lu has done an OUTSTANDING job with this second installment to "Legend". The action kept the story pace going while the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. And, of course, I'm a sucker for some romance. Narration was a little slow at the begining but picked up quickly and the performance was done very well. Good job Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan!

Day and June have escaped Batalla Hall and are on their way to find the Patriots for help. Both have been broken and torn apart by the loss of both their families. All that is left is Day's younger brother, Eden, who has been taken by the Republic because he has and carries the new strand of the plague. Can Day and June's feelings for each other withstand a fight to find a brother, a crumbling government and a strained relationship between two people from two very different worlds? Sometimes, things aren't always what they seem be.

Awesome book/audiobook! I definitely recommend it!

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Day and June...like Romeo and Juliet but better

The characters came alive as I listened to this book. Day and June are vivid characters that came alive in the depths of my imaginatiion. I loved the fast paced story line that was filled with emotion and fast paced heart thumping action. Day and June have joined the Patriots against the Republic in a goal to assasinate the Elector (leader of the Republic). At first both Day and June agree to the plan but soon both find out that not all is as it seems. Who can be trusted?
The book keeps you asking questions and gives satisfactory answers. I can't say enough how much I loved this book!

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Oh so predictable

I was very excited to listen to this book since I liked the Legend so much. I wish I can say I enjoyed it. It wasn't a bad book, really. It was just very predictable. An hour into the story I could tell exactly how it's going to end. Everything couple did I guessed long before it happened. The world building and character evolution was probably better in this one but it doesn't matter much if the story is weak. Also, she did in this book what I hate with a passion of thousand suns- a cliffhanger. Admittedly, that was the only thing I didn't predict. Sigh.I will read the next book. I think I know how it will end but I still want to see how they will get to that point. If you decide to buy this one, try not to think too hard and just enjoy the journey. Actually, it would be best to turn off your brain , that way you may not guess where the story is going.

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Continues the Story - Deepens Characters

Prodigy continues the story in an effective fashion - I ended up enjoying this better than the first book. The characterization deepens, matures, and we learn more back story from main and side characters such as Kaede, Tess, even Mateus. And, rare for a YA, the individuals aren't black and white and there isn't a straight romance novel subplot.

I especially liked that there are no moustache twirlers and what seemed obvious in the first book turns out to be put on its head in the second book. There are no major plot twists; rather, this is a book about character maturation and definition - two things sorely missing in the first book.

The male/female narrators did an excellent job of keeping the story grounded through the eyes of 15 year olds. And it was good to learn more about the dystopian world.

Looking forward to the next book!

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Damn Incredible!

The first novel was my favorite book, and this was also one of my favorites! I'd say give it a try, if your into YA and dystopian you'll love it! This book is sooooo good!!

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Cringy romance, bland dialogue

I was really hoping to find another worthy ya series. This felt like an echo of hunger games but with some gay charters thrown in for good measure and without the depth and interesting characters. The general dialogue and romance was cringe and “Day” felt like a girls version of a guy character.
The awkward narrators however were the worse part of this series

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Exciting Middle Installment

The sequel to Legend is so exciting- I couldn’t stop listening. It has lots of heart pounding action and veers off in unexpected directions. The audio experience was also a treat and brought the excitement to life. I think this series is right up there with Divergent, and even though I don’t read a ton of dystopia anymore I’ll always have room for this series.

When Prodigy starts out, Day and June are on the run in Las Vegas. Day is injured and they meet up with Patriot rebels who agree to help them. In exchange, they have to prove their loyalty by agreeing to assassinate the new Republic Elector. Seems like an easy decision, right? The Republic has hurt Day and June in a lot of devastating ways, and maybe it’s the right time to make a change. But things are not all black and white, and Day and June have to decide the best course of action on their own.

Day and June alternate POV again in Prodigy. I have to hand it to Lu that she kept me involved even with the introduction of new characters and through character separations. Day and June have both been through so much, and have each other’s backs, but still have a lot to learn about each other at the same time. Doubts and insecurities plague our duo this time around.

There is more information filled in about the Republic, Colonies, and Patriots and it’s eye opening to learn more about them. Even though Day and June travel to several cities, we still keep tabs on Los Angeles as well. The characters are a big part of why I love this series, though the setting certainly plays a role as well and takes on a character of it’s own in a way. And speaking of characters, Anden, Kaede and Tess play wonderful supporting roles in the story. And I especially look forward to seeing how Anden’s part develops in the next book.

I always know when I have a good audiobook on my hands because I get a cleaner house because I want to keep listening, such as the case with Prodigy. Steven Kaplan and Mariel Stern read the audiobook, and both narrators are new to me. Since I read the book Legend I already had an idea in my head of how the characters should sound. Stern lines up pretty well to how I envisioned June – she sounds like a young girl of privilege from Los Angeles. And Kaplan is outstanding as Day and nails the tone of his character. Both narrators convey emotion in their readings and make the action scenes that much more tense and thrilling. About three quarters into the book I’d barely notice the narration at all because I was so drawn in the story. I’d absolutely continue to listen to this series.

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  • 01-24-22

Plot twists in a dystopian universe

Made me cry. Lively romance. Virus controlling a population. Raw and realistic. The double narrative is a big plus. I am very impressed, I hope the author gets more recognition. The story takes a bit of warming up but totally worth it.