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Book Review PRODIGY by MARIE LU @marie_lu @penguinteen

Book Description

January 29, 2013 Legend

Jan. 4. 1932 Hours.

Ocean Standard Time

Thirty-Five Days After Metias’s Death

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?

About the Author
Marie Lu ( is the author of Legend. She is also art director at Online Alchemy—a video game company—and owns the business and brand FuzzAcademy. Marie lives in Los Angeles, California.


  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256769



***slight spoilers if you haven't read Legend***

The story picks up right where Day and June have escaped to Las Vegas.  The Elector has died, leaving his son Anden in charge of the Republic. Razor has devised a plot with the Patriots to take him out with June and Day at the center of the action.  June is sent back to Los Angeles while Day is set to rendezvous with her in order to carry out the assassination.   The more question the pair ask, the more questions they have about the Patriots, the Colonies and the Republic.

Day begins to question some of Razor's actions and feels there is something not quite right about how he can access the most secure areas of the Republic without any consequences.  June has her own doubts and through Kaede's digging, the pair are slowly coming to realize the truth about him.  Are the Colonies really supporting the Patriots?  In this stunning installment, the truth will surprise you.  I kind of guessed at parts of it but was caught off guard on a few points.

June begins to show more individualism as she discovers exactly why her parents were killed and that her brother had discovered even more damaging truths about the Republic.  Day seemed a bit slow catching on to the conspiracy but Kaede really shows him and confirms what he had thought all along.  ARGHHH -- can't tell, must not tell.  Again, there is one mention of alcohol, a few kisses and some violence.  I can't wait until the conclusion to see if the pair can save the country!  


  1. I haven't read Legend yet, but the review was awesome all the same. New follower!

  2. This is on my stack to read. Can't wait to read it. I loved Legend. Thanks for the review.


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