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Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
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Idunsses
MARIE LU WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?!!

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WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME FEEL THIS WAY?!!

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Progidy, the second novel in the Legend-trilogy, proved to me what I already knew; THIS SERIES IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVES!

Its just... freakin outta this world.

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Kira
Huge thanks to Julianna Helms for loaning me her ARC. Everybody go and give Julianna a cyber hug right now. GO.

So today I was standing around in the kitchen in my underwear frosting cupcakes, and as I stared vacantly out of the window over the sink, I wondered, "What if I looked up and there was a zombie standing out there?"

I frequently wonder this. Call me crazy, but when I finally peel myself away from my manuscript at about 3:30 in the morning and I let the dog out one last time, I bristle an...more
Steph Sinclair

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Well, well, well. Here I am yet again eating my words. A year ago, when I read Legend, I complained about the world building. Mind you, I did think it was a fast-paced, exciting read, but it felt incomplete as a dystopian novel because I couldn't fully visualize how the society fit into the world as a whole. By the end, I was left with so many questions about how everything functioned. I felt like Marie Lu was purposefully keeping secrets from me just to string me along...more
Wendy Darling
Wow, what a fun sequel! If assassination plots and stealing fighter jets weren't enough, I'd read it for the *whispers* bathtub scene alone.

Emily May



^My thoughts on having to wait a whole year for the next book. I've been so pleasantly surprised by my long-awaited January sequels, first Through the Ever Night, then Everbound... and now Prodigy has come in and turned a series I was on the fence about into one where I anxiously obsess over what will happen in the next installment. Marie Lu really focuses on developing her characters here, whilst still exploring the politics of her dystopian society and introducing one really evil twist to thi...more
Kristalia
Final rating: ★★★★☆/★★★★★

“He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.”


WHY.THE.HELL.DID.I.READ.THIS.NOW???? It's killing me to wait another year for third book! Killing me i say!!! Especially after a booooooooooooooooooom ending like that T_____T It's going to be tortureeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! And i need next book nooooooooow!!!!!! I should have waited for the last book to come out!

Oh and ending:


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The good...more
Rimsha Salam
Check out my blog for more book reviews and related stuff: Rimsha @Ramblings of a Bookworm


so excited !!!

Metias:


Giselle
It was great to be reunited with Day and June again after so long. I believe Legend was the very first ARC I ever read, before I even knew what an ARC was (I won it) so it's a bit special to me. I easily found my way back into this story even after so long; a feat in of itself considering my lack of memory (it's scary how much I forget by the time a sequel releases). Prodigy lives up to its predecessor, maybe even surpassing it with the incredible progress in the world development--which was som...more
Dija
2.7/5 stars

Prodigy was one of my most anticipated sequels of 2013. Unfortunately, it might be one of the most disappointing reads of the year as well, for the following reasons:

1. The beginning bored me to death. The recap was lacking and I felt lost reading the story for a very long time. Also, the first half was unbearably slow. I kept skimming through large chunks of the narration in hopes that the pace would eventually pick up but it took over 50% for the action to really get going.

2. The...more
Sam
4.5 stars

Not only do we have a brilliant sequel here, and one that effortlessly avoids second book syndrome, but Marie Lu also proves just how far she has progressed as a writer since the release of Legend. Prodigy is better - the world-building is sharper, more precise, the characters are perfectly developed and their relationships are wonderfully polished. The improvement is impressive, and with that, we have an excellent follow-up to the first instalment and an exciting continuation of June a...more
Amelia
OMFG. I'm lost for words. Just...

What? Why? Everything is okay then boom... Day -? June?

Why Marie Lu? Why do you torture us?

Okay, I'm okay now...



Right, down to business. Usually, I find, the second book in a series is often the worst but Marie Lu, again you have blown away my expectations.
So basically Prodigy takes place right after Legend. Day and June are together and are traveling to Vegas to make contact with the Patriots. The Elector Primo has died, so his son, Anden has taken over. When t...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
So what if it took me 11 days to finish Prodigy? At least I'm finally willing to look at any book again. I call that progress on a small scale, haha.

I know that many people felt like Prodigy was a step-up over the first installment in the trilogy, and I can say that it did have quite a few areas of improvement over Legend when it came to showing more world detail. There was a great amount of time spent on bringing the bigger picture into focus, and it probably satisfied many of those who felt as...more
Christine Riccio
SO GOOD. Action packed and heart wrenching. Flew through it.
Just uploaded my booktalk, review/reaction/discussion, yesterday! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF9xWm...
fяσzєη, kupo~
I need you.

Update: COOOOVERRRRRRRRRRR. *dies*

I'm not gonna lie, though, I wish they kept the old title, Patriot. It sounds a lot more badass than Prodigy, in my opinion.
Julianna Helms
**STARRED REVIEW**

**Actual, full review** Original will be posted here on my blog on January 22nd, 2013. (Note: due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)

Darn it, Marie. If I actually cussed, I would be throwing out a firecracker of expletives right now.



I read this book a while ago, so I don't remember every nook and cranny of it. But here is what I do remember: every time I think about it, I just want to weep and simultaneously punch a wall. I still freeze every time someone...more
Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

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 f...more
♥Rachel♥

This was amazing but my heart just broke into a MILLION pieces!! How could you leave us like that Marie?!!

Proper review coming closer to publication date, and when I STOP CRYING!!!
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
4.5 Stars!

"The first time I saw you, when you stepped into that skiz ring against Kaede, I thought you were the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen. I could've watched you forever. The first time I kissed you......well, that might as well have been my first kiss ever."


Prodigy is finally here and my god is it good! I feel like I've been ticking down the days until I finally had this book in my hands, and when I did get it, I started it immediately. But firstly I'd like to say, BRAVO to Marie Lu bec...more
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
I loved loved loved this books!!!
All except for the ending...
I DID NOT LIKE THE ENDING!!!!
Ferdy
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Disappointing. Prodigy reminded me too much of The Hunger Games, and not in a good way. Also, I hated Day and the dumb love square.

-What's what: After June and Day escaped from the evul-but-not-actually-all-that-evul-Republic, they joined the not-so-evul-but-secretly-evul-Patriots.
Also, June was given the task to assassinate the new Elector of the Republic. And Day reunited with his childhood friend, Tess… And then moaned about his life. Good times.

-June was a decent enough...more
Ariana
LOVED IT! What an AMAZING story!



“He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.”

It’s a bit unusual for me to like more the second book in a series, but as much as I liked Legend it will never compare with this lovely book… Because, you see, Prodigy is simply (and amazingly) good: great characters, strong world building, a lot more action and an amount of suspense that might kill you just a bit. Not to mention some sweet moments that might melt you l...more
Fenia
Let me just begin by no. NOPE. NO. NOOOO!!!! I can't possibly review this. not now at least. I'm crying like a baby. a really sick baby. a really sick baby who's lollipop has been taken away. NO. I just need to know what happens next so i'm going to read the third and final book in hope of a happy ending. Pray for me. xD
Emily
May 17, 2012 Emily marked it as to-read
I'm pretty much excited about this book. I hope the publication date comes sooner than expected. <3

SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO STILL HASN'T READ IT YET..
I hope the author answers the ff questions in this book:
- Was it really Thomas who murdered Metias? Or was it somebody else?
- Who's the girl that Day met in the sewer? Or did I misunderstood that it was Tess.
- What mutations happened to Day?
- Any potential love triangle parts?
- What would happen to June now that she betrayed the Republic?

EDIT: Th...more
Haraiah Eve
*sniff, sniff*
Stares off into space..
*sniff*
Re-reads last chapter
*sni-*
Re-reads last few paragraphs
*closes book*
Decides to be a hermit until 2014!!!!!

Full review:
http://haraiah.blogspot.com/2013/03/r...

UPDATE:
My hermit days will be over sooner than expected!! Champion will be released this year! Yes! November, guys. NOVEMBER 2013!

*sings* Wake me up when October ends...
Elizabeth
OH MY OH MY... I CANT... THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Full review soon. I just need to flail a little bit more.
Summer {is puntastic}
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

You find joy in torturing us, don't you, Marie Lu? You couldn't have just (view spoiler) from his suffering?

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Just kidding, we all love you, Ms. Lu. Despite the FEELS that you are making me drown in, I will forgive you since you wrote such an awesome second book that was even better than the first.

Girl, you wrote some ninja-paced action scenes. They were phenomenal, they were amazing, they made me dizzy from how fast-paced they were. We wanted a...more
Lindsay Cummings
HOLY GODS OF WRITING. I need the sequel, or I will die. Someone hold me.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Warning: May contain spoilers for the first book. (And for this one too, although I'll at least spoiler-tag those.)

I read this just about a month ago and honestly, I've forgotten most of it by now. Part of that is my fault for putting off reviews for so long, but I think the book itself is also partly to blame. It was one of those books that after I read it I was like, "Oh, that was pretty all right." But it had kind of a bad … aftertaste, after a while. That is, after a while it just kind of fa...more
Juhina
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 a...more
Persephone
I still like the story, I still like the fast pace, I like the word-building and it was really interesting to discover more about how far the corruption went, but once again, I have to roll my eyes at the characters who felt a little 2D to me.
Sometimes I wondered what the author was trying to do whenever it came to Tess, because it came down to this : either she looked like a jealous, agressive and insulting girl or she looked like the sweetest girl in the entire world that everyone wanted to p...more
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