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Prodigy: Legend, Book 2

Action-packed dystopian sci-fi sequel keeps suspense high.

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Educational value

Hard-nosed realism isn't Prodigy's strong suit, but the novel does encourage readers to think about how governments present themselves, and how the line between freedom and tyranny is not always clear.

Positive messages

In Prodigy, the two main characters, Day and June, work with the Rebels to bring about the downfall of the tyrannical Republic. They discover that things are not as black-and-white as they first appear. Corruption is possible in any kind of political setup, but a few committed individuals can make a significant difference.

Positive role models

Although haunted by past tragedies, Day and June are extremely brave and capable young rebels, often risking their lives for the cause they believe in. They are also devoted to each other, but their mutual insecurity sometimes borders on the neurotic.


The action in  Prodigy 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. Children are used as vectors for bioweapons, but the consequences of that nefarious plot are not described in detail.


Day and June are extremely attracted to each other, but their level of intimacy doesn't progress beyond longing looks and passionate kisses. Both characters are confused by romantic feelings for other, supporting characters.


Characters in Prodigy use the made-up word "goddy" as a mild profanity. Otherwise, the level of swearing does not rise much above the occasional use of "damn," "hell," and "piss," with a single instance of "a--hole."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In a couple of scenes, background characters smoke and drink alcohol, but Day and June do not.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Marie Lu
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Putnam Juvenile
Publication date:January 29, 2013
Number of pages:384
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17
Available on:Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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Kid, 12 years old March 15, 2013

Fully detailed Review on violence, positivity, and romance content

I am a mature 12 year-old that fell in love with Prodigy's predecessor Legend within a matter of minutes of when I picked it up. Marie Lu certainly does not disappoint on her second run. It is probably even better (I finished it in one sitting in less than 6 hours) The book is less violent than Legend, even though it revolves around an assassination plan, no people really get hurt or injured although there is a plane chase where a major minor character gets killed. Marie Lu's amazing skill to give you a view of her characters minds are displayed again with the sheer immensity of this book's inner conflict June and Day are fighting with themselves back-and-forth about who is correct, who they can trust, and who the Elector Primo really is. It again demonstrates the search for truth at both characters learn who the new elector really is and his plans for the country. The romance is a bit more ramped up than Legend, and parents could disapprove of the fact that June and Day kiss people other than each other (Day and Tess. June and Anden), with around 6 kisses in total and a bathroom scene not unlike the Hunger Games when Katniss has to wash Peeta. In Prodigy, June has to help Day get washed because his leg is damaged, although they are in a glistening porcelain bathroom and not the hunger Games arena. Most of all parents and kids need to know that Marie Lu's second novel will not disappoint with the constant internal conflict, political intrigue, and the undying search for truth.
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Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bySr1 August 14, 2013

Great book for a mature twelve or thirteen year old

Prodigy is a great story excellently written by Marie Lu. While I usually find common sense media to exaggerate the reviews they have missed some things you may find important. This book was written with a older audience in mind. The book is less violent than Legend but It is centered on a assassination attempt to kill the elector and start a revolution to bring back the united states. the book will keep you entertained and you'll find yourself sucked into this book. Parents while it is centered on good versus evil there is language violence and sexual themes. Language. The word b****rd is used once or twice a**es is used by the patriots second in command near the beginning of the book and d*mn is used semi frequently. its nothing a child doesn't hear on a average day of school. The violence is toned down from legend yet it does have its intense moments. There is more sexual themes than in legend as the romance between Day and June grows. For instance they are told to clean up and since Day has a gun shot wound June must help him bathe as she is in the middle of examine is wound he begins to remove his clothing and they are soon kissing passionately June sits in his lap with her legs wrapped around his half naked body. Before it goes to far Days leg begins to hurt and they stop. Also when Day and Kaede are trying to sneak onto a airship they are stopped by the engine room guard he asks them what they are doing Day quickly creates a story implying that they are about to have sex the guard lets them through telling them "good luck you b****reds" Also it is suggested that a dead character might have been gay Now my review might seem like a put down it is not I love this book and am simple telling you of some negative content in it. Most of it a thirteen year old has heard or seen before. Maire Lu created a brilliant idea about two teens one who had grown up rich the other on the streets come together and join the rebels to bring down a corrupt government. I hope that everyone can enjoy this book. As ling as you have a mature thirteen or twelve year old who knows swearing is bad or can filter it out of there head the can read this book. I hope this review helped. And I hope you enjoy reading prodigy.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 March 8, 2014

Very Good Sequel

Prodigy was a very good sequel to Legend. The writing style was great, I loved the politics involved in it, but the best part, perhaps, was June and Day's struggle to find out who was "right" and whom was "wrong"--who they could trust, showing that the world is not made up in black-in-white. With that being said, I think they made the protagonists a little too powerful for their own good at times, and I got tired of the June and Day relationship drama. Overall, though, it was a very good book. I wouldn't say it was as good as Legend, but it's only a small step below it :) Violence: Lots of action: Day and June spend much of their time on the run from the authorities, whom shoot at them. Blood is mentioned and some characters are killed. During the beginning June has to help Day because of his injured leg, which is described in some detail. Also, one of the major plots revolves around the assassination of a political figure. Sex: Some kissing between June and Day and other characters. June and Day get jealous when the other begins to have feelings for other characters, respectively. It's clear that June and Day are still confused about their feelings for each other. Language: Some mild uses of "d*mn", "h*ll", and "goddy" is used as an exclamation.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing