Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

August 11, 2013 Review 28 ★★★½

Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu
Prodigy by Marie Lu
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Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Purchased
Pages: 356
Release Date: January 29th 2013
Series: Legend #2
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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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To me, dystopia is fascinating. Corrupt societies that have worrying parallels to aspects of our own. It’s interesting to study the roots of the societies and watch characters with good intentions struggle to find the right path and change things for the better. As far as the genre goes, the Legend series is proving to be one of the good ones. I read LEGEND last year sometime and remember enjoying it. Though I can’t quite remember all the particulars of the plot. Luckily, this in no way stopped me from following and enjoying the events in PRODIGY.

PRODIGY is a book where our MCs, Day and June, undergo a lot of development. They question a lot of things. Is there fight the right one? Is the Colonies any better than the Republic or is this just a case of the grass being greener on the other side of the warfront? Are they responsible for certain acts? These questions that push the characters moral I really like. Really, really like. PRODIGY follows the characters as they furrow out the answers to these, with a lot of action thrown in. And I mean a lot of action. It was so fast, sometimes I think maybe a little too fast. I would have like some parts to have slowed down so we could explore even more intricacies of the society and characters more.

I also loved where Lu was taking Anden, the new Elector. He is a great character I wish we had time to get to know more. And Kaede! she really surprised me in PRODIGY. I wasn’t so sure about her in LEGEND but she proved herself to me tenfold in PRODIGY. June and Day were their fantastic selves, both struggling with their own problems and not letting romance get in the way (but still investing time in their relationship when appropriate. As I side note I refuse to accept that ending alksjfhak). One character that got on my nerves was Tess, and I think she was the only one that did. She was so obsessed with Day and her jealousy over June was ridiculous.

PRODIGY was a good sequel in a nice dystopian series (though I confess my memory of LEGEND is hazy. I remember I did enjoy it though). The characters have a lot of moral struggles to undergo, but this doesn’t slow down the plot at all. There’s action galore. I really like where this series is going, even if the ending made me angry because I didn’t want the relationship to go there. Anyway, I look forward to seeing how it all wraps up in CHAMPION.

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Overall: 3.4

28 Responses to “Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu”

  1. Brianna C

    So I haven’t actually read this yet, but I love how the cover feels. I have the hardcover and it feels so different from what most hardcovers (at least what ones I’ve owned) feel like. It’s good to know they characters kind of grow, but I kind of wish there was more romance…
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    • Bec

      I am not sure if you mean how it physically feels (i don’t have a hardcover) or the way it looks. They are really unique covers and I love having them on my shelf. Character growth is a must in any book. And I don’t mind the lack of romance. It was still there, it just wasn’t focused on unnecessarily.

        • Bec

          That’s awesome. You guys get different coloured text in the hardcovers too for Day/June’s POVs. We just have boring paperbacks here with alternating bold and normal text.

    • Bec

      Aw. It’s actually pretty good. Maybe just try it. You can always put it down if you don’t like it. But if you never try it you will never know what you’re missing out on.

  2. Kezia D

    I haven’t read the first book but I really wanna start the series since it seems to be hyped… But I’m not in the mood for dystopia lately so most likely I won’t enjoy it. I heard there’s no love triangle either so I’m still interested to read this series… I really like when a character has to struggle morally BUT I don’t like it when it’s overdone and end up being boring and rather too philosophical lol. It’s relieving to know that it doesn’t happen in it :)

    • Bec

      Moods can be annoying like that. The series is good, but I don’t find it amazing. I really enjoy reading these though. And there isn’t a love triangle! Some jealousy on various sides but no triangle. It has good lessons to discover. Give it a try next time you feel a need for dystopian :)

    • Bec

      Her complaining and petulance was so annoying. It was the only down side to this book really. Can’t wait to see what happens in Champion :)

    • Bec

      I had trouble finding it, but once I bought it I never had time and I just left it until a few weeks ago. I’m glad I got around to it. Dystopians are great! Always so interesting.

  3. Sydney

    I really like dystopian novels too! I read Legend about a year ago and I bought Prodigy the day it came out, but I only read about 6 chapters. I put it down and I still haven’t picked it back up again. Everyone says it is great so I need to continue, but it just hasn’t been at the top of my list. Great review though.
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    • Bec

      There should hopefully be a happy ending. If not I might just throw the book at a wall sdsjkfhskjd MY OTP NEEDS TO BE HAPPY

    • Bec

      I thought they were fine considering the situations they were dealing with. Nothing is the same for them anymore. And in Champion they will be dealing with new situations again. At the core they are still the same, but what we see mostly is them dealing with new things. If they didn’t change and evolve I would have been disappointed.

    • Bec

      haha, yeah. It’s about time I got to it! I haven’t read Les Mis yet (or seen the musical) but that’s pretty awesome. I wonder what characteristics/aspects they have in common…

    • Bec

      I don’t think it’s cliche. It’s a unique dysopian, though there are a number of ‘typical’ dystopian elements (rebels, etc). This series is certainly entertaining though

    • Bec

      It’s a very interesting world with a great story attached. I hope you like this series when you read it!

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