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Prodigy (Legend #2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  85,447 ratings  ·  8,013 reviews
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 (first published January 1st 2013)
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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
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

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



☆☆☆☆☆5 WHOLY STARS!☆☆☆☆☆

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
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
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:


The good
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
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
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
Christine Riccio
SO GOOD. Action packed and heart wrenching. Flew through it.
Just uploaded my booktalk, review/reaction/discussion, yesterday!
Sasha Alsberg
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!
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
sunset shimmer
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.
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
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
Julianna Helms

**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

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
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

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!!!
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
Ok. I'm *really* annoyed. WTF kind of ending was that, Marie Lu?

I hate when authors do that. Horrible *horrible* cliffhanger annoying typical young adult relationship angst. Freakinschmeakin-A. UGH!

I don't appreciate angsty YA tropes. This stuff doesn't make me fangirl, it makes me want to throw a book against the wall.

Day is annoying! I don't even like him that much. I don't feel sympathy for him in this book and I found myself just wanting to get to June's sections. June is the far more intere
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
Haraiah Eve
*sniff, sniff*
Stares off into space..
Re-reads last chapter
Re-reads last few paragraphs
*closes book*
Decides to be a hermit until 2014!!!!!

Full review:

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...
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?


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
Rachel (Miss Perfection)
This book was just as good -if not better- than its predecessor, Legend. There was so much action and some romance, but not overdone. The book is fast-paced and exciting. The plot was great and I love the characters (except Thomas, Jameson, and Tess). The ending of this book leaves you wanting more, wondering about what will happen next and yearning for the next book, Champion.

I'll start out this review by saying that I did enjoy the first book more than this one. In Prodigy, Marie Lu's writing style is still thrilling, her two narrators are wonderfully complex, and her story leaves you feeling a roller coaster of sudden and intense emotions-- just as the characters do. Honestly, I felt emotionally drained after finishing this book, and I suppose in a way, that's a testament to the author's writing--it makes an impact. BUT it's also exhausting. I found Prodigy to b
Lindsay Cummings
HOLY GODS OF WRITING. I need the sequel, or I will die. Someone hold me.
Kate ♡
Prodigy by Marie Lu

Actual Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I sit here staring at my laptop having no idea what to write, books often have that affect on me. haha
Well, Prodigy was an incredibly gripping, never-ending intensity ride, i literally feel like i wasn't breathing half the time! haha
I'm only rating it 4.5 stars because i didn't enjoy it as much as Legend, but it was definitely an amazing book on it's own.
I think the ending set up the scene for the next instalment beautifully, and I'm so excited to rea
It's taken me nearly a year, but I have FINALLY finished reading Prodigy. The unexplainable thing is, I actually really enjoyed reading it once I finally resigned myself to it. It would seem that even books can become victim to the female mood swing.

Prodigy picks up where Legend left off. Day and June are on the run. As fuguitives, they are in desperate need of allies and quickly recieve refuge from a group of vigilantes known as the Patriots. In a world where nothing is free, the Patriots barte
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He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.”
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