Prodigy by Marie Lu
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: ARC from BEA
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.
Wow. I have to say; I think Prodigy was even better than Legend. There. I said it. The sequel was even more addicting than the first book, a book I devoured the moment I got it. I first read Prodigy when I got it at BEA. I just couldn’t wait to get lost in Marie Lu’s world once again. I re-read it months after, to refresh my mind and to savor this book once again. Even if I knew the second time around what was supposed to happen, it still took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. The novel kept me on the edge of my seat, and the ending left me heartbroken.
We learn more about Day and June in this sequel, but what I found really interesting was that they both seemed to learn about themselves. They need to learn to trust each other, but also to trust themselves. One of the things I loved about those two is that they challenge each other; they don’t simply accept what the other says blindly. They both are strong characters, and this makes their dynamic so much more interesting to follow. This also makes it that much more interesting to follow their points of view.
Their points of view are distinct, and the difference in their voices adds something really interesting in the story. It gives us a better understanding of what is happening, especially since those two characters come from completely different background. They don’t see things exactly the same ways.
I have to say, this series is probably one of my favorites right now. Marie Lu created an addicting story that simply keeps you hooked until the last page. There are simply no dull moments. If you have read and loved Legend, you will love Prodigy. If you still haven’t started this series, I really urge you to pick it up, especially if you like dystopian novel. This series is simply amazing.
About the Author:
I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.she spends her time stuck on the freeways.
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