- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (Jan. 29 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780399256769
- ISBN-13: 978-0399256769
- ASIN: 0399256768
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Prodigy: A Legend Novel Hardcover – Jan 29 2013
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Praise for Marie Lu’s New York Times bestseller, PRODIGY:
Featured on ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S MUST-LIST!
From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
“Marie Lu has beaten the curse with Prodigy. . . it has all the chivalry of Robin Hood and all the shine and grime of Blade Runner . . . The well-drawn worlds, political undercurrents and the believability of the characters make it all feel fresh . . . Lu proves that a Book 2 needn't play second fiddle, providing intrigue and deep pleasure all its own.”
From THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS:
“. . . clear your calendar to allow yourself the luxury of reading this book in one or two sittings. You will be shaken . . .”
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“Lu opts for a high simmer of intrigue in her sequel to Legend…taut and insightful.”
STARRED REVIEW from SHELF AWARENESS:
“Stunning follow-up to Legend . . . The thrilling action and futuristic settings are sure to please fans of Divergent.”
Praise for Marie Lu’s New York Times bestseller LEGEND:
From ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:
“Fine writing and excellent execution. Sequel, please!”
From THE NEW YORK TIMES:
“Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.”
From USA TODAY:
“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.”
From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
“an action-packed love story full of inventive details.”
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“Lu’s debut is a stunner. . . raises hopes high for the sequels to come. ”
STARRED REVIEW from KIRKUS REVIEWS:
“A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles. This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes.”
STARRED REVIEW from BOOKLIST:
“[D]elicious details keep pages turning . . . you’ve got the makings for a potent sequel.”
STARRED REVIEW from VOYA:
“A fast-paced blend of action and science fiction (with only a hint of potential romance) means that this one will likely appeal to male and female readers alike. Debut author Lu has managed a great feat—emulating a highly successful young adult series while staying true to her own voice. Legend will give Hunger Games fans something worthwhile to read.”
STARRED REVIEW from LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION:
“This book stands out . . .”
FROM KAMI GARCIA, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy
“A romantic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems—Legend is impossible to put down and even harder to forget.”
FROM SARAH REES BRENNAN, author of The Demon Lexicon trilogy
“A compelling dystopic world, with diverse characters, high tension and political intrigue. [If] you liked the Hunger Games, you'll love this.”
About the Author
Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, Legend. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she 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 boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.See all Product description
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Legend is not my favourite dystopian series. It's not that I didn't love the world it was written in or that the author isn't a great writer, it's just that at the start of the series, our main characters were FIFTEEN and I'm sorry but that's super young. June didn't even turn 16 until Champion. I found it to be very unrealistic that two 15-year-old kids could do all this on their own. I still don't buy into it at all, but I managed to more or less overlook that. I did NOT manage to overlook 20-year-old Anden kissing 15-year-old June (disgusting much?) But the only real flaw to this series is the ages of June and Day (oh yeah, and that previously-mentioned kissing scene.) I'm so glad I picked up this series because I loved its dystopian world and June and Day are both very well-written characters. I love that their romance wasn't insta-love or saying "I love you more than anything" before the second book. No, June is indirectly responsible for the death of Day's family, and even in this book, that still haunts him. Good, it's not realistic for him to be able to get over that.
In Champion, we get to visit Antarctica, which sounded so fascinating and I wish that country had been explored more because wow, it's really cool! I missed Kaede, but that's okay, because there are still great supporting characters to back up Day and June, who are stronger than ever in this book. It is actually June who really shines through in Champion. It felt like to me that Day had sort of been hogging the spotlight up until now, but June rocks in this book. And Anden...poor guy, I just wanted to give him a hug. We get to see Thomas again, who is a truly fascinating character and I wished his story with Metias had been explored more. I found it hard to hate him after this book, yet you can't truly forgive him either. It's sad because in another world, they could have had a real chance together at happiness. And Tess fans, don't worry! She's in here too, and she's not acting like a jealous little brat anymore either. And Eden is so cute.
We are introduced to a new villain and are battling an old one. The world-building in this trilogy is near-flawless and it was hard for me to choose which country was better to live in: The Republic or the Colonies. Which one is the lesser of two evils? I couldn't make up my mind, but you'll find yourself rooting for The Republic because you'll want Day and June to win.
The ending is very bittersweet, and yet, I was not that surprised by it. No one will guess the ending but this is sort of a spoiler: of course Day can't truly forgive June for what she did. It's her fault his family is dead. He loves her so much but he will always love his family more, and you can really feel his pain caused by these conflicting emotions. This is not a couple destined for a Twilight ending, but don't worry, it's no Allegiant ending either!
Overall, this is a very good trilogy and I would recommend it to any dystopian fan!!!
SPOILER: scenes of sensuality. non-descriptive.
Interesting writing style as the book is written through 2 of the main character's perspectives that switch every chapter, something new!
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