Prodigy by Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Preorder: Amazon / Barnes and Noble
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.
He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.
(This quote was taken from an uncorrected proof.)
An amazing installment to the Legend series, which only goes to show that Marie Lu’s commanding voice and powerful narrative deserves top spot in the YA Dystopic genre! Loved this book!!
Over a year ago, Legend shot up to the top as my favorite dystopic series. After finishing and loving the first book, I could not wait to get my hands on the second installment. Luckily, I was able to get a copy of this ARC, so let me just gush a few words about Prodigy before I really tell you how I feel… IT.DID.NOT.DISSPOINT!! PURE.GENIUS!!! Absolutely brilliant installment to this stand out series!! Prodigy did what most middle books in series fail to do, which is up the stakes in the game and create even more of an excitement for the series.
I have to admit, now that 2012 is quickly coming to a close, I was fortunate enough to enjoy second book installments for a few of my favorite series including Unravel Me, Crossed, and now Prodigy. One thing I’m excited about is that where in the past, most middle books seem to bring the series to a standstill or just simply disappoint, what I’ve experienced this past year for the ones I’ve pointed out is that my top three are only getting better, which is pure excitement!
In Prodigy, June and Day are on the run from the Republic. When they find their way to the Patriots whose main objective is to bring down the controlling government, June is forced to abandon her alliances with her previous sector in order to protect Day. A plan is formed using Day and June as the key players, but as the stakes are raised and the truth begins to unveil itself, they must each decided how much are they willing to sacrifice and what it will mean for both of them?
In this book, the relationship of June and Day really developed to a significant degree. I truly found myself rooting for June and admiring her choices throughout this installment. I was a bit disappointed in Day, especially after one of their harsh encounters, but I do understand why certain things were said and done. I feel Elector Primo Anden played a flawless role by adding the right amount of tension and conflict in June and Day’s relationship. I can’t wait to see how certain events play out with these three characters, especially when June discovers what Day was unable to share with her. That last moment was pure torture!!
Also, I have to acknowledge the strong secondary cast of Kaede, Tess, Razor and to a lesser degree Eden, which each served as motivating factors for both June and Day to make hard choices and come to difficult conclusions. They each added a layer of complexity to the story that did nothing short of keeping me captivated in the outcome.
Overall, I’m right back where I was over a year ago… which is chomping at the bit for the next installment. Marie Lu has truly come to be one of my favorite YA authors that delivers a perfect novel with an intriguing plot, well balanced cast and perfectly executed flow. I’m hooked and I can’t wait for her next book. Well done Ms. Lu!!
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