Marie Lu Interview + Signed Prodigy Giveaway

Dear Legend series fans,
Are you as excited about the release of Prodigy (it's out TOMORROW!!) as we are?! We cannot wait to get our finished copy of Prodigy to match our hardcover copy of Legend.

As someone who read an advance copy of Prodigy, I can tell you it is fantastic (read my review) with so many twists and turns and plenty of action.

Last week, Michelle (along with other Legend series fans) got to be part of a phone interview with Marie Lu as part of Big Honcho Media's Legend/Prodigy campaign! Here's a transcript of Michelle's questions and Marie's answers:

Michelle: Did you have a story arc already planned when you started writing Legend, or did the story develop as you wrote? Like, for example, did you know what would happen to Kaede in Prodigy already?

Marie: I didn't really know exactly what was going to happen to Kaede. I sort of write by the seat of my pants. I have a very basic outline, and I try to follow it. But I'm really, really bad at following my outlines.

The characters really get away from me, and they kind of take on a life of their own.
For example, Kaede was supposed to be a walk on character in book one. She was supposed to appear in that bar scene, and that was it. That was supposed to be her only scene. But, somehow, she managed to worm her way into two of the three books.

So I definitely don’t always know what's going to happen. That can cause me quite a few panic attacks along the way, but it's sort of more fun that way in hindsight.

Michelle: If you could spend a day with any of the characters in Prodigy, who would it be and what will you do with that character during your day together?

Marie: That's an interesting question. I would really love to spend a day with Anden, actually. I think it would be really fun to see from his point of view what it's like to run the Republic from the inside. I would probably like to tell him all of the things that people are conspiring to do against him.
And he seems like he would be a fun person to hang around because he's very elegant and might take me to a really nice restaurant.

Michelle: What was your inspiration for the colonies?

Marie: For the colonies? It was definitely part of the whole feeding off of American politics during the Great Recession. It was just sort of disturbing and baffling to see how extreme our two political parties had to go in order to face off against each other during dire circumstances.
I feel like, in the Legend world, since it's very dystopian and there are a lot of crises, that was why the two countries became such polar opposites. So that was definitely an inspiration, the whole American politics that we know for the last four years.

See what we did there with the text color? ;)

That's just a small snippet of the interview--the other readers asked some great questions. If you're interested in reading the full interview, let us know and we'll post it.

Now for the giveaway: Thanks to Penguin, one (1) lucky winner get a signed copy of Prodigy! Open to US only and ends Feb. 16th. Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.
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Good luck everyone! Don't forget to pick up your copy of Prodigy tomorrow! Also check out @PenguinTeen and @Marie_Lu on Twitter, Legend The Series on Facebook and Marie's website for more Legend/Prodigy fun.

Have a great week,
Michelle & Leslie


  1. So excited for Prodigy-it's my number one desired release of January!

  2. FUN I like that Lu is along for the ride on the story. I need to read these!

  3. Great Interview! I like her choice of who to spend the day with. Also it's interesting to learn how she got her inspiration for the colonies.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


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