Prodigy Makes Barnes & Noble’s Best New Book List

Barnes & Noble has released their best new book of 2013 list and Marie Lu’s sequel to Legend, Prodigy, has made the list in the teen category!

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Here’s the complete list from Barnes & Noble:

— Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) by Veronica Roth

— Asylum by Madeleine Roux

— Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

— The Elite (Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass

— The Fault in Our Stars (B&N Exclusive Edition) by John Green

— The 5th Wave (Fifth Wave Series #1) by Rick Yancey

— Inferno (Chronicles of Nick Series #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

— The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

— Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

— Prodigy (Marie Lu’s Legend Series #2) by Marie Lu 

— Requiem (Delirium Series #3) by Lauren Oliver

— Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

— The Runaway King (Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

— Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

— The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

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PRODIGY in Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinals

Prodigy made it through the Opening round of the Goodreads Choice Awards. Now it’s on to the semifinals!

New books have been added into the mix to shake up the Semifinal round, so make sure Prodigy continues its strong showing by voting here!

Goodreads Choice Awards: Help PRODIGY Be Champion

Oh, you know you love our little play on words!

We’ve been so caught up in all the CHAMPION glory that almost forgot to mention that PRODIGY is up for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy!

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CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Currently, the Goodreads Choice Awards are in Round One of voting, but this round ends TONIGHT! So spread the word to all your follow legend lovers and do it quick!

Win the LEGEND Trilogy for You and a Friend!

The official Legend series Facebook Page is giving you the opportunity to win LEGEND, PRODIGY, and an early copy of CHAMPION for yourself and a friend!

All you have to do is click on the photo below and tag a friend in the comments!

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You can read the full contest rules here.

PRODIGY Released in France today

Marie Lu and @Arrow_2206 let out a cheer on twitter to celebrate the release of PRODIGY, the second book of the LEGEND trilogy, in France!

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If you’re interested in the French edition, you can buy it here!

LEGEND Author Marie Lu Talks CHAMPION With USA Today *Spoilers*

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Marie Lu has obviously been quiet about where the Legend trilogy will end up in the final book, Champion.  And those of you who read Prodigy will know that there may be some trepidation going into the third book.  Well, I can’t say that there would be any less trepidation from what she stated in the USA Today article.  In fact, some people may be downright scared for what will happen with our favorite character(s), especially with a statement like “I hope people still like me after the ending!  I’m honestly not entirely sure if I’m going to be getting a lot of hate mail, but we’ll see what happens.”

If you are scared, don’t worry, because I’m right there with you!  But hey, at least you have until November to prepare yourself mentally for another piece of your heart possibly breaking.  Here’s some of what was discussed in that interview:

WARNING: Spoilers involved if you haven’t read Prodigy yet.  

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Marie Lu Answers Questions About LEGEND and PRODIGY

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Marie Lu, author of the Legend series, spent time with Hypable answering some really cool questions, and we have some of them for you here to read!

So Legend is full of villains.

A lot of villains, yeah!

And everyone’s a villain, even if they’re the hero in a way. So how do you approach writing villains who are heroes, and villains who a villains?

That was something I really wanted to play with with Legend, was to have two antagonists who were also antagonists depending on who’s side you happen to be on. I’ve always been interested in that gray area, where people aren’t really good or bad and that good is very relative, so I sort of approached it by thinking, ‘What if I put myself in the villains shoes?’ So for June, she was very much Day’s antagonist the first half of the book – and beyond, and it was interesting to try to force myself to see it from her point of view, why Day would be her enemy and why, if you happen to be in her head, he would be the bad guy even though as the reader you know he’s not. So it was kind of fun to hop back and forth through the heads of those two.

And then there’s the people who are true in Legend, and there’s a couple of them. And that can be a little bit disturbing to get into because I have to put myself in the heads of people who are essentially psychopaths. But it’s interesting to explore that darker area. I always found those more interesting to write about than really 100% good, sympathetic people.

legendWhat was your initial inspiration for Legend, the first image that popped into your head?

I got the inspiration first when I was watching Les Misérables on TV, and I thought it would be really interesting to do a teen-aged version of the criminal verses detective story line. So that was the first spark for it, and that’s what started off the whole thing.

Oh, that’s cool! Were they singing in the original idea?

They were both boys in the original idea! I was just lifting directly off of Valjean and Javert… It evolved quite a bit, but that was the original idea.

Did June and Day develop in tandem for you, or was one complete before the other? How did that work?

Day was always in my head first, because he was the protagonist of a book I’d written back in high school, which never got published. So I always had him in my head as a character, but I didn’t know what story to put him in, and it wasn’t until I got the Les Mis idea that I knew I needed to find an equal-but-opposite match for him. So that was when June came to be. But now that I’ve been in their heads for a long time, they’ve sort of become equal in my head, and I see myself from June’s point-of-view a lot more.

What was it like to invent a dystopia that still seems eerily close to modern-day American life?

I drew from real-life dystopias that have already happened and are still happening now. I’m very interested in reading about dystopia and relative it can be. So if you’re living in a dystopian world, like in North Korea – or even in the US right now, some people might see it as a dystopia and we don’t even realize it, so that was something that definitely inspired a lot of things in Legend.

prodigy-book-coverYou basically push June and Day to their utter limits in Prodigy, it’s hard to imagine that things could get any worse.

Oh, well… yeah….

Oh! Okay! So what is it like to approach that and be like, “Sorry guys. No, it’s not getting better.”

Yeah, I don’t really mind putting them in horrible situations! It’s sort of enjoyable to just, you know, ruin their lives any way I can. I think really, I push them because I love them, because I want to see them grow. Because I think it’s a challenge to see how they react to really difficult situation. And it’s also just fun to write about!

Is there anything you wish you’d known when you started writing Legend?

No… if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t tell myself anything, because I really like that I experienced the whole thing with new eyes. It’s all part of the process, and I think if you find out stuff ahead of time, it kind of ruins that journey. So actually no, I don’t think I would’ve wanted to know anything in advance. I would’ve just discovered it along the way. I wouldn’t want to jinx anything! To have done something different and you come back to the present world and everything’s destroyed and the rats have taken over. So I’m glad I discovered it along the way.

Read the rest of the interview to find out about her writing process at Hypable.