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Prodigy (Legend #2)

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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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Jan 27, 2013 Kiki rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody, ever
Recommended to Kiki by: Julianna Helms
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

“Love is illogical, love had consequences--I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.”




Marie Lu never disappoints .I had really high expectations for this sequel and they were all met.This may not be my best review,because I am still under the obsession of "Outlander",so I might miss some parts or mess something.I am ready for the finale "Champion"!


Prodigy is an action pack d
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
Emily May
Feb 01, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it

^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
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.

Final rating: 4.75/5 stars

“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:
#i was not expecting this

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

so excited !!!


Apr 15, 2015 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

basically, this book did NOT disappoint but it did destroy me

I'll admit it did take me longer to get into than Legend but when I got hooked I literally couldn't put this book down

June and Day will be the death of me that is all I have to say about them

I loved the turn the story has taken in this book, the plot has thickened massively and I love it!! The action scenes are so well written that you can literally visualise it all perfec
Jan 22, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2013 Dija rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of politics, long narrations, teenage angst, and love triangles.
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
Sasha Alsberg
Feb 19, 2013 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing
this book was amazing. the ending was bittersweet, i cried. Marie Lu knows how to make you feel for a character. the ending. Day. Oh my gosh just so surprising. Day/ Daniel was such an inspiration! just wow. and June was such a strong character, she was even a strong willed character in her weakest moments. Just go get this book! its worth every penny!
Christine Riccio
Feb 02, 2013 Christine Riccio rated it it was amazing
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SO GOOD. Action packed and heart wrenching. Flew through it.
Just uploaded my booktalk, review/reaction/discussion, yesterday!
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
Simona Bartolotta
Stayed up late in the night to finish this one. Result: tears swelling in my eyes. Not from lack of sleep.
Breathtakingly beatiful. Review tomorrow. I need to sleep on it.


"After an eternity, I swallow hard. I will not cry. Love is illogical, love has consequences- I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it. So take it, June."

So. That ending.

June was like


And Day was like


And the both of them were like


And it's better if I don't tell you what I was like because the image of that b
May 19, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
No, seriously this organ in my chest, I don't need it. That's not a spoiler, that's a warning. This book is such a riveting installment, but be warned that it will not pull at your heart strings, rather it will pluck them until they break.
Okay, I love June. She's a fantastic heroine. A little too young, but I get Lu's reasons for making her 15.
The reason I gave this four instead of five stars, well there's a couple. The first is I didn't love Day as much in this book, and I really needed to. H
Lauren DeStefano
Nov 27, 2015 Lauren DeStefano rated it it was amazing
(I'll be posting this same review for all three books, as I'm reviewing the entire series as a whole. There are no spoilers.)

That's it. I'm done. I'm never going to read another book again. I have no reason to. I have now seen everything books are capable of doing to me.

I'm four years late to the LEGEND ball. My journey here comes with a bit of a story. This book came out in what I like to think of as the year of dystopias. There were so many amazing books coming out all at once, I could hardly
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
Jan 05, 2016 Chloe rated it it was amazing
This is even better then the first book! I really enjoyed June in this book a lot more than I did in the last one, I am really looking forward to reading the next book but I don't want it to end:(
Jessy MelodyofBooks
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Dec 02, 2014 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, favorites
I may have incurred a heart related illness after reading this. My heart constantly kept bouncing up and down, back and forth the whole time I was reading this.

If this book were a movie, I would be jumping off my seat and loudly cheering on the characters I've come to admire and respect.(Day and June have now officially become my most beloved dystopian pair.)

The feelings were so hard to contain, I should be allowed to let one escape so- "woohooo!!! Kaede!!!, you're yet one of the most unforget
Katerina Kondrenko
5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Kings Of Leon – Closer
Florence And The Machine – Breath Of Life
Rae Morris – Don't Go

Genre: dystopia, YA
Stuff: rebels vs. government
Fail: too young MCs
WOW: action-scenes (hard to believe, but nice to go through)
POV: 1st-person, she/he
Love-Geometry: a lot of it

Mar 22, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Where should I start? This trilogy is so action-packed and I always need to hold my breath because I have no idea what'll happen when I turn the next page. If you haven't read Legend, GO READ IT. The characters are amazing and the plot is so genious! This gets easily 5 stars from me. There are so many twists that everytime you think everything's good, something happens. That's why I couldn't put this down.

Now I'll go to the SPOILERS. If you haven't yet read Prodigy and don't want to be spoiled,
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
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
Mar 05, 2015 Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc) rated it really liked it

This was jam packed with action and ALL OF THE FEELS. Like I literally was punched in the gut a few times. omg. I just can't.
SKH Scarlett is ✿Crazy4 R A I S Y

Prodigy was almost as good as Legend. Almost.

From the very first page I am thrown right back into the story and the pacing never seemed to falter. It still had all the great elements from Legend, and I found myself never losing interest at any point in the book.

The only thing that I had a problem with was Day and June's relationship and the little drama that came with it. I struggled with their relationship in this book, I was expecting a lot more growth but it
Stacia (the 2010 club)
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

Možda sam subjektivna, ali Uzdanica mi je još bolja od Legende, bio je ovo pravi pravcati emotivni rolerkoster. Jako sam zavolela i Dana i Džun. Nadam se samo da će treći deo opravdati moja očekivanja, jer ovaj serijal po meni ima sve što jedan YA serijal treba da ima, atmosferu, dopadljive likove za koje možemo da navijamo, uzbuđenje i akciju i sasvim lepo drži pažnju.
Jedva čekam da se dokopam Šampiona :)

shady boots
Sep 24, 2014 shady boots rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I thought the first book was much better. Still, doesn't mean I didn't love this one as well. It was a goddy good time.
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Even though this book took a little longer to read (over two weeks) it was amazing. I loved it more than the first book which I am so glad about.

The characters (June and Day) got even more intense in this book. They are becoming more developed and changing over time, as they should be with everything going on. First, there's June. I liked her in the first book but I like her even more now. She has obviously learned from past actions and is ready to move on in the future. In Prodigy, she is

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
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He is my light.”
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