Prodigy by Marie Lu Review: Heart shattering, ground breaking sequel

April 4, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Prodigy by Marie Lu Review: Heart shattering, ground breaking sequelProdigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Penguin Australia on January 29, 2013
Source: Publisher
Genres: Dystopian, War & Military, Young Adult
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Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Finishing Prodigy gave me goosebumps. I mean after building up the emotions throughout two books, this major cliffhanger happens? No, this can’t be the end.

That just shows you how attached I got to both June and Day. These two are amazing characters that the whole series underpins itself on, and boy, are they fascinating to read about. June is the perfect military agent who lets  instinct, military ability and keen sense of observation guide her. She’s cold, calculating, and forever observing. The only one to make her relax is Day, who could win the hearts of the people from his personality alone. He’s often constantly putting other people’s needs before his, and unlike June, lets his emotions cloud his vision. It’s refreshing to read about a guy that actually has emotions other than being a bad boy, and I really enjoy the contrast between them.

In Prodigy, June and Day are public figures that have the most influence over the people and are recruited by Patriot rebels to overthrow the Republic and assassinate the new Elector Primo. June is sent to charm and mislead the new young Elector, and Day will join the Patriot’s forces on the front line. As the young lovers are forced apart, other admirers attempt to convince them about the fate of their relationship (who needs a triangle when you can have a square)? After all, Day has been brought up in the slums and he’s been stricken by poverty all of his life, and June has been brought up as a preened prodigy with a life of aristocracy and refinement. Can these two work out based on their differences?

Prodigy brings forth a complexity between characters that many other novels fail to address. It’s not just “no matter what, love will bring us together”. It’s more about what’s best for the each of them and how to utilise their skills and status the best.

The heart of the novel contains nonstop action and a high intensity covering the revolution between soldiers and rebels. As June and Day individually uncover the truth behind the Republic, we learn how the Republic came to be, the richness of the Patriots and the tightly controlled Colonies of America. The author truly excels at creating a thrilling story heavy on military antics, manipulation, politics and espionage

The writing encapsulates a certain beauty, gripping your emotions and painting a vivid picture about the life in the Republic. Overall, the strength of the characters and the world building that makes Prodigy an excellent sequel to the ground-breaking dystopian of Legend.

I received a review copy of this book courtesy of Readplus in exchange for review.

Series: Legend #2. Check out my review for Legend here.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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9 responses to “Prodigy by Marie Lu Review: Heart shattering, ground breaking sequel

  1. Once again, a fantastic review that reinforces my determination to start this series first thing on the new year for my challenge! I'm not starting it before cause I have too many review copies to get through!

    I'm really glad to hear that Prodigy was a sequel that was even better than the first book and didn't suffer from the dreaded middle book syndrome! And so glad that I won't have to suffer the wait from book 2 to 3 with an awful cliffhanger!
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  2. Fantastic review! You hit the nail on the head with the thoughts, though I suspect your feelings toward Prodigy are a lot stronger than mine 🙂 I really enjoyed the character development and complexities that were delved into. it was a nice compliment to the constant action. And that ending!! Here's hoping Champion doesn't break our hearts completely.
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  3. Rin

    I absolutely loved Prodigy. I think I loved it more than Legend, and I absolutely adored Legend. I completely agree with everything you said about the complexity of the characters and their situations. I just loved it… which is why I was so surprised to see multiple (semi-)negative reviews for it (I don't remember where I saw them), so I'm glad to see this awesome review out there! Thanks