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10 February 2013

Prodigy (Legend #2)

Legend by Marie Lu is the second book in her Legend series - a dystopian future world after the collapse of the US as we know it, now divided into the Republic of American and the colonies to the East.

June grew up within the upper classes of the Republic. She went to the best schools and lived in a nice apartment. She was trained to think that the Republic was the only way to survive in the world. But when she met Day, who grew up on the outside - one of the many lower classes who make the Republic viable - June started to see things differently. Especially after she fell in love with Day.

Now they have escaped the city of Los Angeles and are trying to make their way to Las Vegas to find the Rebels who are fighting against the Republic. But when they arrive, it is announced that the Elector Primo has died and his son Anden has taken over. And the Rebels will only help Day and June if they agree to kill the new Elector.

Lu has created a believable and realistic future world after climate change alters the landscape and people from the coasts have to flee inland. Like all dystopian fiction, there are two sides to the story - depending whether you are on the side of the elite or not. She does a great job of showing both sides with their strengths and flaws. The Legend series is a compelling plot filled with great characters. Readers will impatiently await the next book!

Lu, Marie. (2012). Prodigy. New York: G.P.Putnam's Sons.

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