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Prodigy Audiobook

Prodigy: A Legend Novel, Book 2

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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

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    Kelsie Hamburg 02-24-14
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    "Great characters. Clever storyline."
    What other book might you compare Prodigy to and why?

    If you like the divergent trilogy you will like this


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really disliked having to stop and come back to this book. But I have to work so I can get more books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noelle 12-18-13
    Noelle 12-18-13

    "My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm

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    "Stellar follow up to Legend"

    This is a great follow up to book one. It's picks up right where it left off, no confusion. Day & June have both gone through so much and the plot continues to thicken w/war. You can't help but want their lives to settle, for things to calm down & give them a chance to grow up and grow together.

    Still my favorite YA book couple. Perfect narration by both narrators. They truly bring these 2 young people to life. I wasn't sure I liked June's voice at first. However, it grew on me as June comes from a privileged background and required a voice that could represent this. Why? Because the difference in their upbringing is a striking contrast to one another.

    These books are worth your time & money. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MM1986 10-29-13
    MM1986 10-29-13
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    "Will Make your Heart Race"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, loved this book because it was the second to the Legend series. I would recommend it because of its action, romance, and overall well rounded storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pull between Day and June.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Kaplan – was your favorite?

    Love Day's character he was so strong yet he had to overcome so much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Overall the small moments between Day and June and the ending really moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    CANNOT WAIT FOR CHAMPION (the 3rd book) TO COME OUT on November 5th, 2013!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dog Friend 07-28-13
    Dog Friend 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!

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    "Great sequel!"

    I enjoyed this book as much as Legend (the first book). The characters and plot just draw you in and keep you involved until the end. It was hard to stop listening. Can't wait for book 3 to be released!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 07-21-13
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A Great 2nd Book"
    Where does Prodigy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like it a lot! I've been lucky with Dystopian books and so they all rank equally high on my list!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Day and June because they are both smart characters and easy to like since they are the main characters,


    What about Steven Kaplan’s performance did you like?

    I like the female narrator more than Steven's performance. He's a bit mono toned. But at-least he speaks clear and smooth.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Then enemy of my enemy is my enemy!


    Any additional comments?

    This 2nd book was very good and also kind of short. I wanted more. The ending is a bit odd and I'm guessing there will be a 3rd book, but I'm curious how it will go. I'm also guessing there will probably only be one more book, a trilogy. I do suggest this book series though to people that enjoy dystopian books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KK Washington, DC 02-26-13
    KK Washington, DC 02-26-13

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    "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

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Harper Lane DENVER, CO, United States 02-20-13
    Harper Lane DENVER, CO, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! An ending you can't miss!"
    Where does Prodigy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's probably in my top 5.


    What does Steven Kaplan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices and performance match the characters perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    June and Day find themselves in situations that you think they are just simply not getting out of this one..... and then they do, sort of. The ending to the second book is shocking and you will either hate or love it. I can't wait for book 3!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 02-09-13
    Joki Helsinki 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Continues the Story - Deepens Characters"

    Prodigy continues the story in an effective fashion - I ended up enjoying this better than the first book. The characterization deepens, matures, and we learn more back story from main and side characters such as Kaede, Tess, even Mateus. And, rare for a YA, the individuals aren't black and white and there isn't a straight romance novel subplot.

    I especially liked that there are no moustache twirlers and what seemed obvious in the first book turns out to be put on its head in the second book. There are no major plot twists; rather, this is a book about character maturation and definition - two things sorely missing in the first book.

    The male/female narrators did an excellent job of keeping the story grounded through the eyes of 15 year olds. And it was good to learn more about the dystopian world.

    Looking forward to the next book!

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    Kale 01-15-13
    Kale 01-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Prodigy Lives Up To The Legend"

    Day and June are the resistance's new Bonny and Clyde taking on the republic and inspiring a nation. But when the Elector Primo dies the fledgling couple finds themselves entangled in an assassination conspiracy that will test their loyalties and love.

    Marie Lu delivers an engrossing followup to her debut novel. Prodigy takes all the intrigue and heartbreaking developments of it's predecessor to the next level. Day and June's past exploits and diverse backgrounds add complexities and questions to their relationship that exposes new layers to their characters and how they evolve throughout the story. Lu intertwines the plot and emotional development beautifully. The unlikely love in Lu's hands not only drives her characters but manages to create a lot of complications for them to overcome. The author's world gets a boast with a glimpse into the colonies and a surprising setting for the resistance. The story is mostly built on semitransparent threads. Yet a couple of huge twists I didn't see coming, and another heart wrenching ending will leave readers ready and wanting the third installment now.

    The narration by Stephen Kaplan and Mariel Stern was a little stiff and formal but it grows on you and somehow manages to fit the world and personalities of the characters well. Kaplan and Stern have get voices for YA. I'm glad they returned to voice this installment and hope they continue to do so.

    It's hard to live up to a Legend but Prodigy manages to entertain. The evil genius of Marie Lu will captivate readers and listeners alike while planting enough yummy possibilities to make fans groan over the long wait ahead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Reading Date 02-05-14

    I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.

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    "Exciting Middle Installment"

    The sequel to Legend is so exciting- I couldn’t stop listening. It has lots of heart pounding action and veers off in unexpected directions. The audio experience was also a treat and brought the excitement to life. I think this series is right up there with Divergent, and even though I don’t read a ton of dystopia anymore I’ll always have room for this series.

    When Prodigy starts out, Day and June are on the run in Las Vegas. Day is injured and they meet up with Patriot rebels who agree to help them. In exchange, they have to prove their loyalty by agreeing to assassinate the new Republic Elector. Seems like an easy decision, right? The Republic has hurt Day and June in a lot of devastating ways, and maybe it’s the right time to make a change. But things are not all black and white, and Day and June have to decide the best course of action on their own.

    Day and June alternate POV again in Prodigy. I have to hand it to Lu that she kept me involved even with the introduction of new characters and through character separations. Day and June have both been through so much, and have each other’s backs, but still have a lot to learn about each other at the same time. Doubts and insecurities plague our duo this time around.

    There is more information filled in about the Republic, Colonies, and Patriots and it’s eye opening to learn more about them. Even though Day and June travel to several cities, we still keep tabs on Los Angeles as well. The characters are a big part of why I love this series, though the setting certainly plays a role as well and takes on a character of it’s own in a way. And speaking of characters, Anden, Kaede and Tess play wonderful supporting roles in the story. And I especially look forward to seeing how Anden’s part develops in the next book.

    I always know when I have a good audiobook on my hands because I get a cleaner house because I want to keep listening, such as the case with Prodigy. Steven Kaplan and Mariel Stern read the audiobook, and both narrators are new to me. Since I read the book Legend I already had an idea in my head of how the characters should sound. Stern lines up pretty well to how I envisioned June – she sounds like a young girl of privilege from Los Angeles. And Kaplan is outstanding as Day and nails the tone of his character. Both narrators convey emotion in their readings and make the action scenes that much more tense and thrilling. About three quarters into the book I’d barely notice the narration at all because I was so drawn in the story. I’d absolutely continue to listen to this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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