Review: Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

January 22, 2013 ARC, Book Review, Dystopian, Legend, Marie Lu, Prodigy, Putnam Juvenile, YA, Young Adult 20

Publication Date: January 29th 2013

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?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

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I found Legend last year at the height of my love for Dystopians. I loved the world the author created as well as both of our main characters, Day and June. They are from opposites walks of life, yet they weren’t really all that different. Prodigy did a remarkable job taking those elements I first fell in love with and expanding on them in ways I didn’t expect!

This sequel starts out right where we left off, with Day and June on the run from the government. They have decisions to make on who to trust and I honestly couldn’t figure it out myself. The new Elector of the Republic wanted their help, the Patriots wanted their help to assassinate said Elector. And of course there was still the Colonies, which were fighting to regain Republic land. Day was almost a celebrity among the groups, since he was the voice of the people. He speaks and the people listen. This makes him beyond valuable to all sides. Of course I was wary of everyone and what their motives might be though. It made me a little anxious while I was reading, not gonna lie. But in a good way! It was like a puzzle to figure out – whose intentions were the best for the country as well as for Day and June.

What I LOVED this time is how we learn so much more about what happened to the United States to leave it so divided and in such a political disarray. I found the explanations very thorough and extremely easy to understand. It also scared me a little bit because it truly makes you wonder, ‘Wow, what if this really happened?’. No seriously, what if?? This is why I love Dystopians so much!

As for what happens with our characters… well, a lot of good and bad. Besides keeping up with their total kick-ass selves once again, both Day and June are dealing with family loss and heartache. They have each other to lean on and vow to do whatever is necessary to keep each other safe. What is so amazing about their relationship is that even though they may be in love, they do not let it blind them. They are very much aware and able to focus outside of that. They can do their tasks and not fall apart because they are away from each other. They also have some moments to second guess themselves. Of course they have some outside help with this… but all in all, I thought it made them both feel more real and relatable with real questions and issues to work through and figure out. Obstacles like that make the journey more special and engaging to read.

Of course all this stuff happens and it gets all my emotions running rampant! The ending left me extremely sad, and a little teary, for so many reasons, but the most important one is that I now have to wait a whole year to see what happens! WAHHHHH! I don’t want to wait! *cries* I have a feeling the last book will be epic!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

20 Responses to “Review: Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu”

  1. starryeyedjen

    I liked the back story we got on the demise of our civilization, too. It was really well thought-out and it made complete sense, especially once you got a glimpse of the Colonies. My review’s going up tomorrow…it’s pretty much going to say, “I freaking loved this book! Gimme more Day and June NAO!!!” 😀

  2. Bailey

    I have Legend sitting on my shelf yet for some reason I have yet to read it even though it’s supposed to be amazing! I’m so bad!! 😛 Glad you loved Prodigy as much as Legend! 😀

  3. Ellen

    Great review. I bough Legend recently, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. This sounds like a great series.

  4. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    Great review Sara! Waiting a whole year for book three will not be easy! I also really liked that we learned more about what happened to the US. Happy you loved this one too! I totally cried in the end too.

  5. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    I definitely enjoyed Legend, yet somehow it was a bit forgettable to me… this one sounds so good, though I think I’d almost rather wait until all the books are released and then do a marathon read. There are just too many series in YA to keep up with!! =(

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