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Prodigy, book two in Marie Lu's Legend Series, is unusual in that it is not only a very solid middle book of a series, but it actually soars beyond the first book, Legend. Day and June are wanted criminals in the Republic. Day is a poor street runner that is defiant against the Republic for the death of his family, and their taking of his little brother Eden. June is an aristocratic prodigy, who's allegiance to the Republic is shattered when she discovers that they murdered her brother for which Day was framed. Together they are an unstoppable force that are recruited by the Patriots, an underground militia whose goal is to bring revolution to the Republic. Day is torn between the street girl he grew up with, Tess, and June. June is torn between Anden, the Republic's young new leader and Day. The romantic tension gets tangled in an assassination plot that Day and June must carry out. The romance and action are intense and interwoven in a way that will make lovers of either genre satisfied. Even more interesting to me is the social commentary that Lu subtly draws between the Republic and the Colonies, warring factions created when the United States was divided. This is a very satisfying read, full of action, surprises and plot twists. Reed Reads Score: 4.5