Review * Prodigy by Marie Lu

April 25, 2013 Reviews 10 ★★★★

Review * Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on January 29, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 371
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Legend, Champion
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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.

What I Thought…

  • Prodigy is a lot different from Legend, but not in a bad way. June and Day are on a mission to save Day’s brother and get to the Colonies so that they are out from the Republics watchful eye. Day believes that the Colonies will be the answer to all his problems. June wants to fix the Republic rather than leave it. They fight about this a bit as they both want different things, but in the end they both went in the same direction.
  • As I expected the Colonies aren’t filled with the happiness and perfectness that Day and June were expecting. I don’t want to go into to much detail but in some ways it’s actually worse than the Republic. The path that the Colonies chose was actually quite frightening at times.
  • I really enjoyed June and Day’s relationship. I enjoyed their little patches of jealousy and arguments. Their intimate moments were so sweet. They were both self aware of their situation and their actions. They trusted each other to make the right decision, even if they couldn’t see what that was.
  • Day is a little obtuse at times, especially when it comes to June and Tess, but I chalk that up to typical male behavior. I really like that Day appreciates that June doesn’t need him to save her. She is fully capable of handling herself and doesn’t need a knight in shining armor to rescue her all the time.
  • Tess is a bit different in Prodigy. She has been with the Patriots since the end of Legend and has grown up quite a bit. Her crush on Day is much more obvious to day in Prodigy and makes him a bit uncomfortable. Her actions were the biggest surprise for me in Prodigy.
  • I didn’t care for Thomas in Legend and I certainly didn’t like him in Prodigy. I can’t stand when people follow orders blindly giving no thoughts whatsoever to the consequences. And he’s just a jerk and I can’t stand that.
  • The new Elector Anden is quite interesting. He has a bit of a thing for June, which is mildly creepy because she is only 15, but she behaves/acts more like she’s 17 so that’s less creepy. He is also completely different from his father. He really wants to change the Republic for the better but is lacking the support to actually do it.
  • The Republic is lying considerably more than I thought they were in Legend. Their lying knows no bounds. There were a few things they were lying about that I picked up on, especially the big lie, but there were other little surprises as well.
  • Razor is the leader of the Patriots and helps June and Day out and sets up a plan to save Day’s brother. Razor is a pretty shady leader. He isn’t the nicest guy either. Neither June nor Day fully trust him but they have no choice to rely on him because they have no where else to turn.
  • Just like in Legend the world building is fantastic. The remaining questions I had of how the Republic and Colonies were formed and what happened to the rest of the world were answered and I really like what Lu did. I love how they came to be and their struggles and all about the rest of the world and the role reversals that took place.

 Notable Quotes

“You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just … met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, “Hi, I’m Daniel.”

“Love is illogical, love had consequences–I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.”


10 Responses to “Review * Prodigy by Marie Lu”

    • Kimberly

      You will get lots of questions answered, but then there are more questions. I was just happy to learn all the history!

  1. Midnyte Reader

    Nice review and I enjoyed your thoughts. I still have to read Legend. Maybe I’ll get to it this year. I’d like to read it because I met the author and I really like her.