Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Prodigy (Legend #2)

by Marie Lu
From the publisher:
"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."

This series is for fans of Divergent, The Hunger Games...  It is a dystopian novel set in a world where the United States has been split into 2 warring factions of The Republic and The Colonies.  It is a really interesting world, and this book explains it even better than the first.  I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Legend, and I think I would have enjoyed this one more if I had re-read Legend before reading this one.  It literally takes place the minute Legend ends and the action takes off from there.  Since I didn't remember the first one all that well, it was hard for me to get into this one.  But it was very exciting and the middle-schoolers should love it.  (They'll probably remember the first one better than I did :) )

Areas of concern:  A handful of cuss words (not the big one), a couple crudities, and a slang term that is used constantly for something bad - "goddy".    There is some kissing.  There is, obviously, some violence - they are in a war zone - but nothing graphic.

Suggested ages:
Publisher's Weekly - Ages 12+
School Library Journal - Grades 8+

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