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?
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Number of Pages: 371
Publishing Date: Jan. 29th, 2013
Marie Lu has done it again. I really loved Legend. I loved the concept, the plot, the characters, the action, all of it. And Prodigy was exactly what I wanted in a sequel. Prodigy made me anxious, nervous, happy, sad, and everything in between. This novel was gripping and exciting and Marie Lu continues to impress me with her amazing writing style!
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
I really loved the direction that Marie Lu took this series. I will admit, at first I was a bit confused with what was happening and some parts seemed a bit slow for me and it didn’t immediately grip me as much as Legend had in the beginning, but once June began her mission and went back to the Republic, the story immediately picked up the pace and plot twist after plot twist began to unravel.
I would just like to say that I loved how we got so much backstory about the Republic and the Colonies. All too often in dystopians you’re just thrust into a world with a corrupted government and all of these different events are unfolding, but it’s never explained why the government is like this and why these events are occurring in the first place. However, Marie Lu literally answered all of the questions that I had about the Legend world and I greatly appreciated that and I applaud Marie Lu immensely for providing a realistic and interesting backstory to the world that she created.
Lately I’ve been extremely suspicious of every character that pops up in a story, especially characters that are offering something that seems just too good to be true. With this being said, I was immediately suspicious of Razor. Something just seemed so off about him and, for once, my suspicions were correct. The whole plot twist involving the Republic hiring Razor to assassinate Anden was so unexpected yet it made so much sense and asdfghjkl that was such a good plot twist!
June and Day’s relationship really evolved in this book. I feel like, while their relationship was obviously blooming, Day fell for June too fast, and June didn’t know how to react to that. Their relationship grew a bit awkward and, while they cared for each other, I don’t think they knew what to make of their feelings for each other because their relationship obviously began so quickly. But as they spent more time together towards the end of the story, it became really clear to me how much their relationship had grown and evolved and their relationship had become so beautiful and raw and real and GAH. OTP. OTP. OTP. AND THEY ACTUALLY COMMUNICATED. They didn’t keep secrets from each other. THEY. ACTUALLY. COMMUNICATED. WHAT A CONCEPT, AM I RIGHT?
THE ENDING THOUGH. That was such an unexpected cliffhanger. Like. I just. DAY. NO. STOP. STOP BEING LIKE THAT. I UNDERSTAND YOU DON’T WANT TO HURT JUNE BUT DAMN IT NO. My heart may or may not have shattered into a few thousand pieces during the last chapter…
June had a great amount of character development in this novel. She had so many realizations and she learned so much about herself and she truly grew as a character. It’s really refreshing to see a character that, while she has her weaknesses, is able to fend for herself when necessary. June is able to survive on her own and she’s so independent and that was such a prominent aspect of her character in Legend and I was so happy to see that characteristic grow immensely throughout Prodigy. June’s relationship with Day grew so much in this book and the chemistry between them evolved beautifully. Marie Lu was so brilliant when it came to creating a relationship that started out fast and then had some ups and downs but then it finally leveled out and the love was so obvious and I. Just. YES.
“Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart.”
I was really proud of Day in this novel. While he was extremely stubborn at times, he was able to realize when he was wrong and he always did the right thing. Day is such a kind-hearted, selfless person and his character is still my favorite. The ending of this novel practically destroyed me with emotions and while I wanted to throw my book out of my window and curl up into a ball and explode into a puddle of tears, I totally understood why Day broke up with June like that. He cared too much about her, he loved her too much, and I think he knew that she felt the same exact way about him. He didn’t want to put June through more pain and, while I wish he just would’ve been honest with her, I think that was such a selfless way to show how much he loved June; he was willing to give her up in order to protect her from more pain and loss.
“We’re in this together, right?” he whispers. “You and me? You want to be here, yeah?” There’s guilt in his questions. “Yes,” I reply. “I chose this.” Day pulls me close enough for our noses to touch. “I love you.”
ANDEN, ANDEN, ANDEN. I love Anden’s character so much. He’s such a good leader and he really reminds me of Maxon from The Selection. He’s obviously head-over-heels in love with June and I feel really bad for him because I have a strong feeling that Day and June are end game, so I hope that Anden finds an amazing new love interest, because he honestly deserves it. RAZOR IS A TRAITOR AND I KIND OF KNEW IT FROM THE BEGINNING. I’m glad I never trusted him. Kaede was such a surprising character and I loved how much of a badass she was and I’m so sad that we only got to experience how amazing of a person she was in such a small amount of chapters. Tess was really frustrating, but I totally understood her actions and why she acted the way she did. It was hard to be mad at her when she made so many valid points regarding Day and June. (But still, I wanted to punch her sometimes…)
The writing style was, once again, epic. Marie Lu writes out action scenes so well that I can see them playing out in my mind so seamlessly. Her writing is just so easy to read yet it’s absolutely brilliant. Her writings are able to provide me with so many different emotions and it’s amazing how a person can write words that can affect readers in such an emotional way.
Overall, I really loved this sequel. It really picked up the pace towards the middle of the book and from that point on, I couldn’t set down the book. I had to continue reading. Marie Lu writes so seamlessly and her action scenes are so vividly descriptive and the world that she has created is intense and unique and interesting and WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS EARLIER…? I love all of the characters and the plot twists were epic and I’m so excited, yet sad, to read the final book in this trilogy because I have a strong feeling that it’s going to be amazing!
“Love is illogical, love had consequences. I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.”
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