Ooh, I can’t wait to read these books! Legend came out earlier this year, and after reading some great reviews, it went straight on to my WANT list. Sadly I started a self-applied book buying ban: I’m only allowed to buy books from ongoing series I already own, until I’ve read 50 books from my over a 100 ToBeRead pile. But getting review copies from lovely PRs doesn’t count, right? I’m not breaking the rules: I didn’t buy the books!

Anyways, I’m really excited to get these books. Prodigy is also my first ever ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). It will be coming out in January and it’s awesome that I’ll be able to read it early!

ooh, my first ever ARC just got delivered: Prodigy from Marie Lu (and an RC of its prequel). Dystopian scifi + Les Mis. Can't wait to read them!

Here’s the blurb for 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 in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, 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.

From very different worlds, 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, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

I know dystopian teenage dramas is our current wizard/vampire/whatever-else-has-been-a-teenage-fandom, but I like the sound of Legend. Plus what the description doesn’t mention is that it’s also a loose reimagination of Les Miserables… And how can you resist an opening like this:

First page of Legend by Marie Lu.

Have you read Legend already? Excited for Prodigy?

Legend is available on Amazon.co.uk for £4.89 and on Amazon.com for $11.98. Prodigy is out on January 29th and can be preordered on Amazon.co.uk for £6.29 and Amazon.com for $12.23.