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Prodigy: A Legend Novel

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Prodigy: A Legend Novel

Nine days after barely escaping Los Angeles and the controlling Republic as wanted fugitives, Day and June manage to hop a train bound for Las Vegas. The plan is to locate the rebellious Patriots and beg for help. The Patriots are their only hope in locating Day’s friend, Tess, his brother, Eden, and getting the medical help he desperately needs for the gunshot wound in his leg. Maybe after those impossible tasks are accomplished, they can make a break for the East Coast and the free Colonies. Rumors have it that the Colonies are a wonderful place to live. Unfortunately, many rumors eventually prove to be untrue.

"Marie Lu also displays a unique talent of creating a wild and action-packed quest for freedom in the midst of a tyranny-gripped world while also presenting a deeply sensitive insight into the complex hearts of our heroes."

Just as they arrive in Las Vegas, a major life-changing announcement is plastered everywhere: the Republic Elector has died and his young son, Anden, is taking over as the new Elector. Day and June don’t realize just how much this will affect them until they meet with the Patriots. Day and June’s request for help will come at a very high price --- the Patriots want Day and June to help them assassinate the new Elector.

So in exchange for their help, Day receives much-needed medical care and is reunited with his friend, Tess. However, Tess’s feelings have changed, and the fact that she wants more than just friendship sends Day reeling. Meanwhile, they get busy on the assassination plans. June is torn; she’s spent her entire life being loyal to the Republic; however, she tossed her allegiances to the wind when she decided to save Day’s life. She’s not quite sure where her loyalties lie now, other than to Day. But the first part of the plan is to ease herself back into the Republic’s trust and get in close to Anden. When she does, she’s surprised to find out that Anden isn’t like his father at all, that he wants to make positive changes in their society in favor of the people. It’s starting to look as if assassinating him would be a huge mistake, especially when she learns the truth about the assassination details.

Marie Lu has written a winner of a sequel: heart pounding with excitement, steamy with romance and shocking with hidden truths. You can’t help but admire both main characters with their heroic personalities and underdog roles, their hardships of losing family members and their fight for humanity. Marie Lu also displays a unique talent of creating a wild and action-packed quest for freedom in the midst of a tyranny-gripped world while also presenting a deeply sensitive insight into the complex hearts of our heroes. Fans will be thrilled with this sequel and ecstatic to know that the PRODIGY ending hints of another book to come!

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on January 30, 2013

Prodigy: A Legend Novel
by Marie Lu