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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Prodigy is an engaging follow-up to the dystopian science fiction adventure Legend. The action centers on an assassination attempt, and there are shootings, fistfights, explosions and a plane crash that ends in fatalities. Most of the violence, however, is at a remove and not described gratuitously. The language is generally mild, with a few uses of "damn," "hell," and "piss" and a single instance of "a--hole." The main characters share a strong mutual attraction, while being confused by romantic feelings for other, supporting characters. The level of physical intimacy, however, does not progress beyond passionate kissing.
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What's the story?
PRODIGY picks up exactly where Legend left off, with the street criminal Day and former political insider June having fled future Los Angeles and the tyrannical Republic that rules it. When they meet up with the Rebels working to overthrow the government, they are recruited for an assassination attempt on the newly designated Elector. Having different roles to play, Day and June are separated, only to discover that their assignments are far more complex and dangerous than they've been led to believe.
Is it any good?
Prodigy avoids the sophomore slump, maintaining the narrative energy of Legend, the first volume in this sci-fi series. Author Marie Lu excels in choreographing the action scenes, keeps the level of suspense high, and pulls off a couple of neat plot twists. Some readers may lose patience with Day's and June's fits of jealousy, expecting seasoned freedom fighters to be a little less neurotic and insecure. Others will find the romantic subplots sufficiently compelling.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why dystopian novels are so popular. How do you think the Legend series compares with other dystopian series?
What methods do governments and corporations share in coercing people to adopt certain behaviors?
Do you think assassination is ever justified as a method of effecting political change?
- Author: Marie Lu
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
- Publication date: January 29, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 384
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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