Prodigy by Marie Lu
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Penguin, 371 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Legend #2
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?
Marie Lu’s sequel to Legend clearly shows that she has absolutely outdone herself with upping the ante on June and Day’s quest for a better society.
Personally, I was not as impressed with Legend as I am with Prodigy. Through no fault of the book itself, I just have a hard time with the beginning of a series because of the huge influx of information and world-building. The action heated up towards the end of Legend, but Prodigy had absolutely no shortage of action and plot twists. It is difficult to tell the difference between allies and enemies, but the progression of the story allows for readers to be kept in the dark as much as possible before the true colors of secrets, plans, and motives are revealed. I especially enjoyed the description of how the United States of America became the Republic. After all of the natural disasters and political disagreements over this year’s election…Lu’s future is not as far-fetched as it might initially seem. I love dystopians, but I am especially keen on realistic visions of what society might become.
Watching June’s evolution from the most famous and respected agents of the Republic to teamed up with the Republic enemy number one (Day) was quite the transformation. She had to deprogram herself from everything she had ever known, forced herself to believe that her beloved life she knew was a lie, and that a boy with a price on his head could be her closest ally (and more).
The ending is phenomenal and heart-wrenching…and I can’t wait to see where the author takes us in the next book. There is so much left for June, Day, the Republic, the Patriots, and the Colonies…so many options for what could happen. I highly recommend this book to dystopian and sci-fi enthusiasts. After describing this series to my 29-year old male cousin, he is so interested he asked to borrow them! I don’t see much of a limit for gender or age for Marie Lu’s creation and I can’t wait to see what my cousin thinks of it, as well!