To gear up for the January 29 release of Prodigy by Marie Lu, the second book in her Legend trilogy, we have one copy of the book up for grabs! Thea enjoyed Legend (a solid popcorn dystopia action flick of a book), so what better way to kick off this dreary, snowy, stormy Thursday than with a good dose of adrenaline?

The Books:

Book 2: Prodigy

Prodigy is the long-awaited sequel to Legend, the must-read dystopian novel for all YA fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. A brilliant re-imagining of Les Miserables, the series is set to be a global film sensation as CBS films have acquired rights to the trilogy.

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?

Book 1: Legend

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

For more about the books check out the official website, or like the series on facebook.

The Excerpt:

JAN. 4. 1932 HOURS.

Day jolts awake beside me. His brow is covered with sweat, and his cheeks are wet with tears. He’s breathing heavily.

I lean over him and brush a wet strand of hair out of his face. The scrape on my shoulder has scabbed over already, but my movement makes it throb again. Day sits up, rubs a hand wearily across his eyes, and glances around our swaying railcar as if searching for something. He looks first at the stacks of crates in one dark corner, then at the burlap lining the floor and the little sack of food and water sitting between us. It takes him a minute to reorient himself, to remember that we’re hitching a ride on a train bound for Vegas. A few seconds pass before he releases his rigid posture and lets himself sag back against the wall.

I gently tap his hand. “Are you okay?” That’s become my constant question.

Day shrugs. “Yeah,” he mutters. “Nightmare.”

Nine days have passed since we broke out of Batalla Hall and escaped Los Angeles. Since then, Day has had nightmares every time he’s closed his eyes. When we first got away and were able to catch a few hours of rest in an abandoned train yard, Day bolted awake screaming. We were lucky no soldiers or street police heard him. After that, I developed the habit of stroking his hair right after he falls asleep, of kissing his cheeks and forehead and eyelids. He still wakes up gasping with tears, his eyes hunting frantically for all the things he’s lost. But at least he does this silently.

Want more? Check out the full first chapter online HERE.

About the Author:

Marie Lu writes young adult novels, and has a special love for dystopian books. She likes food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books.

She left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. In her past life, she was an art director in the video game industry, but now she writes full-time.

You can find Marie Lu on her webiste or follow her on twitter (@Marie_Lu).


Want to catch up with June and Day before Prodigy officially comes out in January? One lucky winner will receive the following Prodigy Prize Pack: limited edition Prodigy flashlight, limited edition Prodigy t-shirt, and a copy of Legend. The contest is open to addresses in the US only, and will run until Sunday, November 18 at 12:01am EST. In order to enter, use the form below!

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64 Responses to Get Ready for Prodigy by Marie Lu (Giveaway)

  1. Linda W says:

    Nice giveway! I really enjoyed Legend. Love the tie to the Victor Hugo classic.
    My ideal apocalyptic scenario would be metereological disasters and resilient people haveing to fend for themselves without electricity.

  2. Angie says:

    Meteorological – maybe we’d have time to prepare before the disaster happened. And that seems ways less scary than zombie apocalypse.

  3. Ray Pratt says:

    I think the meteorological disaster would be more overwhelming. After all, aliens & zombies can be fought, but the weather just keeps coming.

  4. Rebecca I. says:

    I’d say… waking up to find that most of the population has vanished. So many things would fall to pieces. It would be both eerie and liberating!

  5. Elie says:

    Id have to say meteorigical too. I dont think I would last long with zombies.

  6. Rylie says:

    Not that there’s really any ideal apocalyptic scenario, but I guess I’ll go with zombies.

  7. Vanessa says:

    I have to go with zombies. I’m prepared for the zombie apocalypse, others, not so much.

  8. Lexi says:

    My ideal situation is viral. With the new ones emerging, there is great potential. Also, it takes time to make and distribute a vaccine so a new virus would effective for a bit of time without reponse.

  9. Lexi says:

    My ideal situation is viral. With the new ones emerging, there is great potential and viruses are interesting.

  10. Katie says:

    I’m gonna go with post apocalyptic world due to nuclear attack. So basically, the Fallout games.

  11. Cordelia Fitzgerald says:

    Zombies…I’ve read enough to know how to get rid of the little beasties.

  12. Superbwg says:

    I think a mix of disasters all interlinked make the best end of the world scenario, like a massive tsunami caused by an alien ship that has been lurking under the ocean then releases a tailored virus to destroy a section of the population, but that takes a lot of skill as a writer to pull that off :-)

  13. Jacqueline P. says:

    I love zombies because in the hands of someone like Max Brooks you really feel for the survivors and the choices that they have to make. Plus it’s fun to see all the ways people end up taking out the walking dead!

  14. JenP says:


  15. Raeleen says:

    DEFINITELY meteorological disaster. I loved the movie The Day After Tomorrow and I feel like that would an intense thing to go through. Zombies sounds a little too nasty.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Meteorological disaster definitely!

  17. LibrarianLady says:

    Looking forward to finding out the winner! I loved Legend!

  18. Serena says:

    I’d go with zombies. At least you have a chance to fight them off, whereas weather related disasters just come and you’re either lucky, or you’re not.

  19. I’d prefer aliens over any of them!

  20. Kelley B says:

    I guess aliens. I love The Walking Dead, but I don’t think I would have made it very far in that zombie apocalypse.

  21. Uhm… mass tidal waves? Great balls of fire? I don’t think aliens, zombies, or meteorological disasters would happen but would mass tidal waves or balls of fire happen? Who knows. Thanks for the interesting question and giveaway!!! :D

  22. Christina K. says:

    Zombies of course! They’re creepy and so gross:)

    Thank you:)

  23. sarac says:

    I don’t quite think I have an “ideal” post-apocalyptic scenario, but I did love Children of Men, so maybe that? The world slowly dying out?

  24. Stacy says:

    I’m going to go with Zombies. Easy to run from.

  25. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I am going with zombies. They are easier to run from. Just dont get caught in a group of them lol.

  26. erinf1 says:

    thanks for the fabulous giveaway! I’m gonna say zombies cuz I’ve been studying up on ‘em w/ the Walking Dead :)

  27. Lacey T says:

    Definitely zombies. I think I’d be able to handle them, or at least run away from them :)

  28. DebraG says:

    Meteorological disaster would be my idea.

  29. Kate & Zena says:

    Meteorological disaster, only because it seems like the one I’d be able to handle! I’m a real wimp!

  30. jlee says:

    No school for any reason at all. >.<

  31. Hannah H says:

    The ideal apocalyptic scenario is one that doesn’t happen.

    The one that I’d most like to be in is an alien invasion- at least you can fight them. Zombies wig me out because I’m terrified of epidemics, and that’s basically all that a zombie takeover is. As for the apocalyptic scenario that would be most interesting- I’ve always wondered if we’d still be here when the sun went out, and who we would be by then.

  32. Erin K. says:

    I’d probably go with zombies. At least you can fight them, the weather not so much.

  33. Justine says:

    Nobody has said volcano yet!

  34. Stephanie says:

    I’m going with zombies.

  35. Bethie says:

    I think a natural disaster is more likely.

  36. Hmm, I think my ideal apocalyptic scenario would be killer bunnies from outer space. Either that or a horde of Audrey II’s from Little Shop of Horrors taking over the world

  37. Barbara Elness says:

    I like the ecological disaster, with the ruined landscape and foraging for useful items in abandoned buildings, etc., with some type of mutants or zombies to fight. :D

  38. Tessa says:

    hmmm zombies. i feel like its the easier one to survive since aliens would just blow us up and meteorological disaster…that could be anything 8O

  39. MarieC says:

    Definitely zombies. I’d hope that we still have our technology to kill them off…

  40. Susan says:

    Zombies, though I’d have no hope of survival.

  41. Alwyn says:

    Could not be more excited for this! Got Legend for Christmas last year and finished it in the wee hours of Boxing day morning.

    I think I could probably communicate easiest with the Aliens so I’m going with that.

  42. Lisa says:

    Electromagnetic pulse shutting down all technology leading to the collapse of civilization. That’s why I’m keeping my paper books. The e-reader dependent folks will not survive. Heh heh heh.

  43. Kelly M says:

    I’d have to go with ailens… Not sure why but there’s gotta be something else out there besides us!

  44. SueCCCP says:

    Looking at how the climate is changing I predict that meteorological change is the most likely, plus I doubt that aliens would bother doing anything other than simply wiping us out with a clever virus. This book has been on my TBR list for ages, so thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  45. Saira J says:

    I LOVED Legend by Marie Lu and cannot wait to be enthralled by the sequal. And we get to see DAY again!!! EEPP!! Thank you very much for this giveaway!

  46. Saira J says:

    My ideal apocalyptic scenario would be nuclear war in which the radiation causes some humans to mutate and develop super-powers. They try to accept themselves in a world where humanity itself is nearly lost.

  47. Stephanie Osborn says:

    I definitely have to go with a meteorological disaster. The possibility of survivors rebuilding (without aliens or zombies constantly attacking) sounds good to me.

  48. LiLi says:

    Since you mentioned aliens, all I can think about is The Day the Earth Stood Still. That is definitely an interesting scenario.

  49. Maureen says:

    I would pick meteorological since I think most people would have a good chance of surviving

  50. Daniela says:

    I keep thinking giant earthquake. Then tsunami. *shivers*

  51. JennyC says:

    The aliens will invade earth and try to zap everything out of existence!!

  52. Sam says:

    I live in London :/ aww…

  53. Candice J says:

    Aliens are my end-of-world choice. There is just something epic about defeating a whole other race, that had technology advanced enough to get them to our planet.

    Can’t wait for Prodigy! Marie Lu is brilliant.

  54. Jasmine Rose says:

    Love me some zombie books, but I definitely wouldn’t want that to happen :P
    I suppose some kind of environmental disaster so there wouldn’t be any evil aliens or people/undead to deal with.

  55. I think the earth, or nature, undoing itself. It’s how things ended for the dinosaurs so it’d make sense for us humans as well. Not that I’d want the world to end or anything, but I could understand and perhaps a balance could be restored.

  56. Jenna K. says:

    I’d definitely say zombies. But the zombies wouldn’t be some mistake; they would be horrible things that we created. No natural disasters for me. Humanity will undo itself. :)

  57. I do NOT want zombies I know that much!!! I guess what ever would end it the fastest. I’m not one for prolong suffering!

  58. Megan B says:

    I think I’d go for aliens, because then there might be a chance for some sort of escape from the ending world to a knew planet somewhere.

  59. Emma says:

    I think I’d pick aliens. Or robots. No zombies! They freak me out.

  60. I think I would have to go for a meterological disaster.

  61. LB says:

    According to my teens, the end of the world will include zombies.

  62. Jacqueline C. says:

    I’d have to go with meteorological disaster. I feel like I would be less frightened and more likely to survive in that situation, as opposed to the disease/zombies scenario.

  63. I like the idea of aliens bringing about the apocalypse…then at least we’d know that sentient life exists beyond our lil’ planet :)

  64. Jenn says:

    Ideally, it will be zombies. At least we will have a chance to fight back. Unlike aliens who would assumably be much more advanced.

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