PRODIGY Blog Tour With Marie Lu – UPDATE 2/8/13

Marie Lu has been “touring” online, giving excerpts from the upcoming sequel to Legend, Prodigy.  I’ve collected the excerpts that have been out, and I will continue to do so until the tour is over.  

Obviously, there will be spoilers, as excerpts are directly from the book.

Here is the official synopsis for Prodigy: 

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.

Excerpt #15 – the final stop

“You want our help, Day, but I seem to remember you declining our invitations to join us. Several times.”
I realize that Razor is waiting again for me to respond. “I wasn’t entirely comfortable with your organization’s body count,” I offer.
“But now apparently you are,” Razor says. – Day, page 27

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

Excerpt #14

“You’re not a random girl on the street,” I snap. “You’re Tess.”
Her eyes flash at me and she takes her frustration out on her lip, biting it so hard that she draws blood. “ I don’t understand you, Day.” Each word hits me with measured force. “I don’t understand you at all, but I’m going to try to help you anyway. Can you really not see how your precious June has changed your life?” – Day, page 229

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Anna Reads.

Excerpt #13

Now’s as good a time as any, I think. I reach up and pull my cap off, letting my white-blond hair tumble loose. One of the soldiers turns his head up fast enough to see me dart out of the window crevice and turn the corner from the second-floor ledge. “Did you see that?” someone shouts incredulously. “Was that Day?” As I jam my feet into the spaces of old bricks and pull myself up to the third floor, the soldiers’ tones go from confused to angry. – Day, page 197

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Cuddlebuggery.

Excerpt #12

I try to imagine what it must’ve once been like, a time when there wasn’t a Republic or Colonies and a single country covered North America. “And no one knows they’re here?”Kaede snorts. “You think we’d be using these if the Republic knew about them? Not even the Colonies know. But they’re great for Patriot missions.” – Day, page 113

Read Marie’s Thoughts at The Book Cellar.

Excerpt #11

I look around in surprise. I’ve never been inside a real Republic barrack before, but this one must be reserved for officers – there’s no way they’d use this to house regular soldiers. First off, it’s not a long room with rows of bunk beds. It could be an upscale apartment for one or two officials. There are electric lights on the ceiling and in the lamps. Marble tiles of silver and cream cover the floor, the walls are painted in alternating shades of off-white and a deep wine color, and the couches and tables have thick red rugs cushioning their legs. A small monitor sits flush against one of the walls, mutely showing the same newsreel that’s playing on the JumboTrons outside. – Day, page 23

Read Marie’s Thoughts at The Compulsive Reader.

Excerpt #10

“Is Day alive?” a boy calls out. He’s probably older than I am, barely out of his teens, but so skinny and short that he could pass for my age if one didn’t pay attention to his face.
I lift my head and smile. – June, page 130

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Bookalicious.

Excerpt #9

But then I think of June. If June knows a reason s why we should protect him from the Patriots, and believes it enough to risk her life – and mine – then I’m going to trust her. If I refused, I’d be breaking ties with her forever. Can I live with that? The thought of that chills me to the bone. I point down the street toward the explosion, and do something I never thought I’d do in my whole life. – Day, page unlisted

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Pure Imagination.

Excerpt #8

Stretching out before us, peeking through the gaps between the military buildings, is a city: tall, shining skyscrapers reaching up through the low clouds and delicate snow, and each building illuminated by beautiful blue lights that pour from almost every window and every floor. Fighter jets line the skyscrapers’ rooftops. The entire landscape is aglow. – Day, page 282

Read Marie’s Thoughts at GreenBeanTeenQueen.

Excerpt #7 – Release Day!

My guards lead me into my own private railcar, a car so luxurious that I know I’m in here only because Anden insisted on it. It’s twice as long as the standard railcars (a good nine hundred square feet, with six velvet curtains and Anden’s ever present portrait hanging against the right wall). The guards lead me to the center table of the car, then pull out a seat for me. I feel a strange detachment from it all, like none of it is quite real – it’s as if I were exactly where I used to be, a wealthy girl taking her rightful place amongst the Republic’s elite. – June, page 209

Read Marie’s Thoughts at MundieMoms.

Excerpt #6:

I just sit and think about Commander Jameson’s expression. Of all the Republic officers I’ve come across, except maybe for Chian, only Commander Jameson’s eyes can freeze me to my core. I fight down the memory of how she’d ordered my mother’s death – and John’s execution. If Thomas has June under arrest, what will Commander Jameson do to her? – Day, page 87

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Presenting Lenore.

Excerpt #5: 

Day scoots the blanket aside. Underneath, there are plates of smooth metal (steel and titanium) where his wound used to be. The Medic also replaced his bad knee with an artificial one, and now a good third of his leg is metallic. He reminds me of the soldiers who come back from the warfront, with their synthetic hands and arms and legs, metal where skin used to be. – June, page 66

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Alice Marvels.

Excerpt #4: 

“You brought my family into this!” he yells. “Into all of this! You and your beloved Republic!” Day spreads his arms out. “How dare you defend them, how dare you try to reason with yourself over why they are the way they are. It’s so easy for you to say that, isn’t it, when you’ve lived your entire life in one of their high-rise palaces? I bet you wouldn’t be so quick to logic it all out if you’d spent your life digging up trash to eat in the slums. Would you?” – Day, page 266

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Books with Bite.

Excerpt #3:

Unlike Los Angeles, Vegas runs the national pledge five times a day – all the JumboTrons will pause in whatever ads or news they’re showing, replace them with enormous images of Elector Primo, and then play the following on the city’s speaker systems: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the great Republic of America, to our Elector Primo, to our glorious states, to unity against the Colonies, to our impending victory!
Not long ago, I used to recite that pledge every morning and afternoon with the same enthusiasm as anyone else, determined to keep the east coast Colonies from taking control of our precious west coast land. – June, page 11

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Book Chic.

Excerpt #2:

My heart flips in excitement at the desire in his voice – but at the same time, the technical part of my brain instantly flares up. Highly improbable, it scoffs. A month ago, he didn’t even know I existed. So I blurt out, “No you don’t. Not yet.”
Day furrows his eyebrows, as if I’d hurt him. “I mean it,” he says against my lips. – June, p 37

Read Marie’s Thoughts at Forever Young Adult.

Excerpt #1:

Then I picture the new Elector’s portrait and an older June standing beside him as the future Princeps of the Senate. On the arm of the wealthiest man in the Republic. And what am I, some dirty street con with two Notes in his pocket, thinking I’ll actually be able to hand on to this girl after spending a few weeks with her? Besides, have I already forgotten that June once belonged to an elite family – that she was mingling with people like the young Elector at fancy dinner parties and banquets back when I was still hunting for food in Lake’s trash bins? – Day, page 51

Read Marie’s Thoughts at The Story Siren.

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Legend & Prodigy Book Trailer
Prodigy by Marie Lu

‘LEGEND’ Fan Art: “Legend – Day” by ~walkingnorth

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With such awesome characters like Daniel “Day” Wing to grace the pages of the ‘Legend’ trilogy, it’s not wonder that we want to walk in the light of him.  And now that the sequel, ‘Prodigy,’ debuted at #2 in the New York Times Bestseller List, I’m hoping we’ll get more art depicting this character, his love interest, June Iparis, and pretty much anyone else in the books.  

via Legend – Day by ~walkingnorth on deviantART.

‘PRODIGY’ Hits High on the New York Times Bestsellers List

See, good things do happen to good people sometimes! Marie Lu‘s sequel to the “Legend” trilogy was released on January 29, 2013, and after 1 week, it debuted at #2, bested only by the wonderfully written “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (to which I cannot deny that book definitely deserves to be #1 even after 10 weeks). Not only that, but the first book sticks itself at the top 10 as well, probably due to those whose interest was peaked close to the release of, and thereafter, the second book. With a movie in the works for it (Jonathan Levine is set to direct, with a script currently being worked on), things are looking up!

Here’s what Marie had to say about it: 

Words cannot express how incredibly lucky I am to have the most wonderful, passionate, sweet, supportive publishing team at my side, and the most amazing agent. Team Putnam/Penguin, I love you guys. Agent Kristin, you rock socks. Most importantly, thank you to all of you who supported the books. I can’t say it enough! ♥♥

via Goodreads.

Mainstay Pro Makes a PRODIGY Trailer

Still from "Prodigy - A Legend novel by Marie Lu"

Still from “Prodigy – A Legend novel by Marie Lu”

The cool peeps at Mainstay Pro decided to create a little video based on the Legend trilogy, to celebrate the release of Book 2, Prodigy.  The trailer is good, but you must read the book!

LEGEND Fan Art: Day’s Face by *mree

Day's Face by *mree on deviantART

by mree

Prodigy, book two of the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, is scheduled to be released next week (January 29, 2013).  Here is one of the main characters, drawn by the author herself!  I can say that this truly the perfect version of how I imagined Day to look like, and I’m not saying that because it’s drawn by Marie.  I just love how she was able to give him just the right amount of Asian features in his appearance.  There truly aren’t enough unique characters like him, both physically and characteristically.  

If you haven’t read Legend yet, then I highly recommend that you do.  For those of you who are anticipating Prodigy, well, you can read my review of it here.  No spoilers, I promise.

Day’s Face by *mree on deviantART.

Link to reblog on Tumblr.

Random Fandom Book News: 13 YA Novels To Read In 2013

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Considering that I’m still reading books that were released a few years ago, I’m not quite sure how much of this list I’ll be able to get to this year – although I did read the ARC of Prodigy (you can read my review here).

“Just One Day” by Gayle Forman (January 8)

“Just One Day” is all it takes for American good-girl Allyson to fall for Dutch actor Willem during a trip abroad. But when she awakes the next morning and finds him gone, Allyson embarks on a year of self-discovery to move past the lost love. “Just One Day” is the first of a duet of novels—with the second, “Just One Year,” set to publish later in 2013.

“Prodigy” by Marie Lu (January 29)

Marie Lu’s debut novel, “Legend,” a sort of teen take on the classic “Les Miserables” story, left us on tenterhooks for a follow-up…which we’ve patiently waited more than a year to read. And here it finally is in “Prodigy,” which follows one-time nemeses June and Day as they arrive in Las Vegas and join a group of Patriot rebels, who promise to help rescue Day’s brother…if only the duo assassinate the new Elector.

“Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi (February 5)

Juliette escaped The Reestablishment in “Shatter Me,” finding a home with equally gifted people at Omega Point. But with a touch that’s lethal, she’ll never truly be free. Especially to love Adam. This sequel finds our heroine struggling with a decision that could mean her soul mate’s life.

“The Indigo Spell” by Richelle Mead (February 12)

Remember how uptight Alchemist Sydney Sage and devilishly handsome Moroi Adrian Ivashkov finally shared the steamiest of smooches in “The Golden Lily”? Well, expect the sexual tension to reach a boiling point in this third installment of Richelle Mead’s “Bloodlines” series. Ensure your smelling salts and fainting couches are at the ready.

“Mind Games” by Kiersten White (February 19)

Two sisters, two extraordinary abilities. Fia has flawless instincts—every decision she makes is the correct one. Annie, though blind, has vivid visions of the future. Both attend a school for gifted pupils, where their talents are leveraged for nefarious gain. The sisters must work together to free themselves…but at what cost?

“Clockwork Princess” by Cassandra Clare (March 19)

Will Tessa choose kind-heart fiance Jem Carstairs or sarcastic bad-boy Will Herondale? One of our favorite (and most tortured) love triangles will (hopefully!) be resolved in the long-awaited conclusion to Cassandra Clare’s Victorian-set “Infernal Devices” series.

“17 & Gone” by Nova Ren Suma (March 21)

Lauren is having terrifying visions—visions of girls who have vanished without a trace. They’re all 17 years old, as is Lauren, which raises the troubling possibility that she could be next.

“The Elite” by Kiera Cass (April 23)

In Kiera Cass’ 2011 debut, “The Selection,” we met dystopian teen America Singer, one of 35 girls vying for the heart of Prince Maxon (and the position of Princess of Illea). And just as it seemed the two were falling head over heels for one another, America’s hometown heartthrob, Aspen, appearing at the palace, sending her heart into a major tumult. This is one royal love triangle, to be sure.

“Icons” by Margaret Stohl (May 7)

One half of the writing duo behind the Southern gothic series “Beautiful Creatures,” Margaret Stohl is going solo this spring with “Icons,” which follows teen Dol in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event that wiped out her entire family. She soon learns her uncontrollable emotions—long thought to be her greatest weakness—could, in fact, be the key to saving mankind’s future.

“Invisibility” by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (May 7)

What’s better than a new novel from one of our favorite authors? How about a new novel from two of our favorite authors? Andrea Cremer and David Levithan have teamed up for “Invisibility,” the story of a cursed boy who no one—except new love Elizabeth—can see.

“Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins (May 7)

After falling in love with “Anna and the French Kiss” and swooning over “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” our bodies are ready for Stephanie Perkins’ third companion novel, “Isla and the Happily Ever After,” set once again at, arguably, the most romantic high school in France: the School of America in Paris. Now, where do we sign up for our own semester abroad?

“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black (September 1)

With acclaimed “Curse Workers” series coming to an end, Holly Black is biting into a new genre: vampires! Inspired by the short story Holly penned for “The Eternal Kiss” anthology, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” is set in a not-so-distant future in which the bloodsucker population has surged, necessitating quarantine zones known as Coldtowns, where humans and vamps co-exist in a perpetual orgy of bloodlust—all streamed live via the internet. “Twilight,” this is not.

“Unbreakable” by Kami Garcia (Fall 2013)

Margaret’s “Beautiful Creatures” writing partner Kami Garcia also has a novel of her own coming out this year: “Unbreakable.” The story centers around teen Kennedy Waters, who following her mother’s death, discovers that she is a member of a centuries-old secret society tasked with protecting the world from demonic forces. We don’t recommend waiting too long to read this one—the film rights have already been scooped up.

There is one that I would also like to include in this list, and that’s the third and final book of the Delirium trilogy, Requiem, by Lauren Oliver.  This book features by #2 of my Top 5 Fictional Males, Alex Sheathes, and if you like dystopian and romance, you must read this!  Requiem is scheduled for release on March 5, 2013.

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Of course, my #1 of my Top 5 Fictional Males would be in book listed above, and that book is Clockwork Princess, featuring the lovely Jem Carstairs, thank you very much.

Will you be reading any from this list?  Which ones?

via MTV Hollywood Crush.

Marie Lu’s Legend sequel, PRODIGY Book Trailer Is Online Now!

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Things are changing in the Republic for Day and June. Is this a chance for them to turn things around for the better? And what side will do it? Who will lead them? And what of Day and June’s relationship?  Watch the book trailer below or read my review on Prodigy.

via JustJaredJr.

REVIEW: Prodigy (ARC Novel) by Marie Lu

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, this review is based off an ARC, or Advance Uncorrected Galleys, of the book, so please know that there could be possible changes in the final printed book that might change the review of this at a later date.

With that said, this will be a *spoiler free* review, thus no details will be mentioned. However, this is the second book of the Legend trilogy, so if you haven’t read the first book (Legend), then you might want to read that first before you go further.

At the end of Legend, we see that Day and June have escaped from the Republic, Batalla Hall, and Day’s execution – though not without leaving a mess of a trail behind them. An emotional mess of a trail, really.

Prodigy obviously has a lot to deal with in the wake of all that’s happened in the first book. There’s Day having to deal with the loss of his mother and brother while also trying to figure out what’s happened to Eden. And there’s June having to deal with not only the loss of her brother, with whom she’s had to deal with the majority of the time in the first book, but also the whole idea of her faith in the Republic as well.

They both have the challenge of dealing with this new “relationship” they have with each other.

The book pretty much starts up where it left off in Legend. There’s a lot of questions to be answered, like what happened to Eden, will Thomas get his due for killing Metias, are the Patriots going to help, will Day and June find happiness in the Colonies, where’s Tess, and what’s up with the plagues?

I was pleased to see that some of these questions were answered, but then the problem was that more questions popped up in its place.

I also had to try to remind myself that Day and June are still teens and that emotional turmoil (hormones) is still so much a strong influence in their lives, regardless of how smart or physically awesome they are. And emotions certainly take a toll on both of them. It was so much a part of their thoughts I almost wanted to slap them a bit and tell them to snap out of it. But then I would have to slap myself my 15-year-old self, too, and probably much harder.

As usually what comes with a second book, the beginning is a bit slow-paced, because there’s so much to be set up before the second half of the book sets in motion (and probably for the third book as well). So yeah, there’s good amount of talk in the beginning, but not that it’s unimportant – it’s just that with strategy talk, there’s also time for angst.

It’s interesting where the story takes you, and I kept telling the book, “No, that’s not a good idea!” or “Oh, no, this is going to screw things up!” or “Why did you say that!?” Yeah, I was freaking out just a bit.

Needless to say, the characters go through a lot of self-doubt and confusion and even desire.

In the first book, I wasn’t sure if I liked June. In this book, I found that I liked her a little more. She reminds me, in a certain way, of Sherlock Holmes in that she’s calculating, deducing, and just plain smart. However, she’s not that smart and sometimes doesn’t act upon her gut instinct or doesn’t think it through all the way until it’s almost too late.

She’s also mentally strong, a smart fighter, and even though she can get hurt by words, she tries not to let it show, pushing forth her tough exterior to the front.

Being that she was raised to believe wholeheartedly in everything that the Republic was doing was right, she’s having to struggle constantly with what she does believe in and if there’s any way she can accept a different life than the one she was born into.

As for Day, being that he was raised in a totally different way of life, his distrust in pretty much everything comes into play a lot and we see him struggle with his own self-worth and the extent of which he’s willing to go to be with those he loves, whether by blind faith or extreme emotion.

Not only that, there’s something about Day that doesn’t really come into play in this book as much as it will definitely come into play in the final book (there’s hints of it throughout the book), and I will say this much… prepare your heart for major “feels”.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that the book is good. There’s elements that may seem familiar to you, that were used in other stories, but the characters stand on their own, and Marie has created an exciting dystopian steampunk future.

Remember to walk in the light.

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‘Cities of Legend’ Game Immerses Players in Marie Lu’s ‘Legend’

For fans of the Legend books, this should peak your interest, especially if you love those addictive Facebook games (unfortunately, my time is rather limited thus I’ve had to sacrifice my playing time to small bouts of Words With Friends.)

After completing the first draft of Legend, Lu created an online game called Legend: Dystopia. In it, players could create their own Legend-themed avatar and play a series of mini-games based on the book (the game has since been taken offline). The project, she says, had unforeseen benefits–it allowed her to “stay in the world” of the book while providing a sort of sandbox for ideas that she could later incorporate into the story. Although Lu never intended her game to be anything more than a fun diversion, it attracted upwards of 12,000 players and intrigued CBS Films co-president Wolfgang Hammer, who had spearheaded a movie deal for Legend (the film is currently in development). With branding in mind, he suggested adding an online social aspect to Legend – a perfect opportunity for Lu to create a new game.

Together with Los Angeles’s Wicked Sweet Games, Lu created Cities of Legend, a free-to-play game that takes place before the events of Legend and uses puzzles, role-playing, and social elements to bring the world of the books to life. Developing an in-game storyline, Lu says, is very different from writing a novel. She had to consider interactivity – the player “is actually part of the story” instead of a passive observer – as well as the pace of a video game, which compresses the story into bite-sized bits, which forced Lu to “boil it down to the essentials.” Developing Cities of Legend and writing Prodigy concurrently, she adds, let her “draw energy from each,” with the game inspiring parts of the book and vice versa.

New Facebook Game Immerses Players in Marie Lu's 'Legend'

Players can choose from 10 different characters from either the Republic or the Rebels and duke it out for points.

In Cities of Legend, players can choose to join the Republic or fight alongside Day and the rebels, earning points for either side through various challenges and missions. The decision to use Facebook as the gaming platform was an easy one for Lu. Creating a game on Facebook, she explains, is relatively easy compared to developing a traditional console game, and using the social network as a platform can help foster a thriving, active community of Legend readers.

I’m rather impressed with this.  I like the idea that this is for the fans, but it definitely seems like something that those who haven’t read the book could still be interested in.  I guess it helps when the author has a background in video game design.

(Source:  PublishersWeekly)