Thursday, February 21, 2013

Prodigy by Marie Lu [Review]

Prodigy (Legend, #2)5 out of 5 Robots!

Prodigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Release: January 29, 2013
Hardcover: 384 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Let me just say that I liked Legend a lot, but I really felt that Prodigy cemented my love for this series. I admire Marie Lu's courage to lay it all on the line. It's kind of like "what happens after ever after?".  While June left everything behind to save Day's life, in the end Day lost everything and June's involvement is not something they can ignore forever. There is no doubt how much they care for each other, but it would be unrealistic to assume that after everything they have gone through and how different their lives were, that there would be no feelings of doubt and resentment.  I loved that Lu took time to explore these feelings and it may sound weird, but I love when Day and June fight.  Because they fight like a real couple.  But underneath it all, they still trust each other and want to do what is right even when it might not be the easiest choice.

On top of that, there are is a lot of outside pressure from the Patriots and the Colonies, who both want Day and June for their own reasons.  Day and June are a hot commodity and are instrumental in rallying the people to their causes.  This puts Day and June in an almost impossible situation. But Marie Lu handles it all masterfully.  The action was intense and nail biting.  I could not put this book down.

I also give Marie Lu major props for writing two distinct voices for her characters...not easy to do!  Day and June's distinctive personalities really shine through their narrations.  And then ending....oh the ending.  Heartbreaking.
Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Legend
2. Prodigy


  1. Oh my gosh, yes! You are so right with your review!!! I loved the relationship between Day and June, not everything is perfect and happy. This book definitely solidified my love of Marie Lu... but after the ending, I am extremely nervous of what will happen next

    1. Me too! It was definitely a punch to the gut!!

  2. Loved your thoughts on the book! I felt the almost exact same way. I loved Prodigy. It was even better than Legend. The next book will be a tough read with that ending.

    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict



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