Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

ProdigySource: Bookstore Stock
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: Legend #2
Edition: Paperback, 371 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
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Rating: 4/5

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?

It had been so long since I read Legend that I was fully prepared not to be overly enthused with Prodigy. I am a bit weary of dystopians because I’ve read so many, and I want different now. However Prodigy turned out to be quite the page turner.

It’s safe to say I enjoyed Prodigy more than Legend. There is more action, more character depth, and more plot twists. June and Day are now faces everyone knows, and they are on the run after the events of Legend and they turn to the Patriots…the rebel group that wants to bring down the Republic. I liked June a lot more in this one because she opens up a little, or in the very least tries to. Compared to Day she is not use to tapping into her emotional side and I loved seeing her break down walls. I also love that Marie Lu didn’t hesitate to break the norm with her characters. It’s nice change of pace to see a hardened female and a more emotional male lead, and on top of that have them be able to operate independently of each other. They are both strong characters for different reasons and different ways and I really loved getting to know them more, and seeing how their relationship might evolve during the midst of a revolution.

The plot and pace of this one moves very quickly, with very few down moments. And it ends on a massive cliffhanger. In all reality this one ended sort of neatly in terms of overall plot line, but it leaves a major question hanging when it comes to our two main characters and it makes me wonder just what Lu has in store for them.

Overall I’m more than pleased with the way this series is shaping up. I’ve heard CHampion is a fantastic final book, so I’m looking forward to having my heartbroken (apparently).

4 stars

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2 Responses to Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

  1. weezled says:

    I have been wondering about reading this series. I may just add it to my list. Good review! Thanks.

  2. I have heard great things about this series and author! Sounds like the characters are definitely well developed, will have to add this to what seems my endless TBR lol! Thanks for writing such an awesome review.

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