Michelle's Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

ARC: 387 pages 
Publisher: Putnam
Release Date: 1/29/2013
ISBN: 9780399256769
 
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Legend #2
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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?


Michelle's Review:
I LOVED Legend A LOT. It was one of the best dystopian novels I read in 2011 (the other being Divergent) and I counted down the days until I can go back to June and Day's world.

When I got the chance to read Prodigy before the release date I jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed with Prodigy (it was FANTASTIC!) but I wasn't completely happy with it either. I will explain:

One of the reasons why I enjoyed Legend so much was that there was no love triangle. I am not a fan of love triangles because they leave me frustrated and annoyed with the characters--in most cases, with main female character with their indecision and repetitive thoughts. Well, a love triangle was introduced in Prodigy. Sigh. It is not as frustrating as other [paranormal] love triangles but I wished it wasn't included at all. I think it could've worked without it.

Another thing that didn't make me happy was that for most of the novel (most of which happened within a few days) June and Day were separated. I would've liked them to be working together more.

Other than those two things, the rest of the novel made me very, very happy and dying to read the conclusion of the series.

I love the alternating perspective between June and Day. It was wonderful knowing exactly what each of them were thinking and feeling and seeing what unfolded through both of their eyes. June and Day were equally interesting so I did not prefer one over the other. It just worked!

Just like Legend, there's plenty of intrigue and edge-of-your-seat action. There was a lot of twists and turns and the revelations in Prodigy shook my perspective and what I thought was true when I read Legend. Like, the Colonies was thought of (especially by Day) as this utopia and a place to escape to from the corrupt Republic. We finally get to visit the Colonies in Prodigy and I was like "whoa!" Maybe the Republic was not as bad a place after all...

I am very excited to read the conclusion of this series. I love that the last scene of the novel did not leave me feeling very cheated but ...that revelation in the end about Day. AHHH!! I am DYING to know what will happen and how everything will turn out!

If you haven't yet, I recommend you read the Legend series. It is excellent, unpredictable and memorable.

1 comment

  1. Great review! We haven't tackled this series yet, but we've flagged it to check out. :)

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