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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, 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!

“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.” (Los Angeles Times

“[C]lear your calendar to allow yourself the luxury of reading this book in one or two sittings. You will be shaken....” (The New York Journal of Books

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

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  • Kimberly
  • 31-07-2015

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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  • Jessica
  • 10-01-2013

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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  • Marie Medellin
  • 25-04-2013

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-03-2013

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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  • KK
  • 26-02-2013

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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  • Ginger Fargo
  • 11-01-2020

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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  • Mirza Sikander
  • 01-08-2018

Okay story. Well written

The narrator performance is good. Its well written, but the story is bland. The characters are a little more believable compared to Legend.

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  • Kimberly Davis
  • 01-11-2017

OK, but...the ending was weak.

didn't like the non-ending. left feeling flat after otherwise great story. felt unresolved. i know it's a trilogy, but each book should also stand on it's own.

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  • Lindsay S. Nixon
  • 07-03-2017

has 'middle book' syndrome. love triangle insanity

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Less love triangles

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More plot and plot development -- more description of the current world and the past, including how it came to be. This was a quick quip and deserved more attention. Day and June could have been better developed--or even learning more about Tess.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Day was reunited with his brother

Could you see Prodigy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

The first book would be great as a movie, this book as a TV series, only because TV shows are obsessed with endless love triangles (I hate this about TV, which is why I read books, and then...)

Any additional comments?

This book does keep a decent pace, and has plot development, but most of which feels like a "setup" for the final book. Overall it felt unmemorable and uninspired. When most of your story line is about how two girls like Day and 2 boys like June and they're all jealous of each other... sigh.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-11-2016

Intriguing but somewhat frustrating at times

I really enjoyed the first book, and I thought this book was going in a completely different direction. I didn't hate the actual story, and I was even pleasantly surprised with the turn toward the end, but I felt like everyone was too emotional.

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