Legend by Marie Lu is hands down the best dystopian I’ve read in years. So needless to say I’m super excited for the sequel, Prodigy! I’m thrilled to share a excerpt from Prodigy along with Marie’s thoughts on it with you today.
PRODIGY Excerpt: 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.
Marie’s thoughts: One thing I hope is different in my series as opposed to other dystopian series is an approach to the question: How do you fix a dystopia? Our heroes always eventually realize that they are living in a broken world and that they need to escape from it, but where do you escape to? Does utopia ever exist, especially for the working class? And what happens to that old society you escaped from? Do you just leave it behind—do you change it for the better? How do you do that? Can you only fix a dystopia with revolution, blood, and violence? Is there another way? And finally—is everything bad in a dystopia? Are those with power in a dystopia always villains? Are there sparks of good in an otherwise flawed society, and if so, is that any different from what we live in today? For example, the Republic is full of corruption, class discrimination, and fear, but there’s also no discrimination against women, LGBTs, or minorities. In some ways, the Republic is more progressive than our current society!
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