Prodigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Publish Date: January 29, 2013
Source: ARC Tour
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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? -(summary excerpt from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: It’s been over one year since I read and LOVED Legend by Marie Lu. I was satisfied with the ending – meaning, I didn’t feel it cliffhanger-y, but I still was just having a fit to know where the story was going to go. You can imagine my “Asheley-ness” when I finally was able to get a copy of Prodigy in my hands to see where the next part of the story went. You guys, I was not disappointed. At all. No sir, no way.
Stop now! You’ve been spoiler-warned!**
I thought this government was BAD TO THE BONE.
But June and Day are perfect for the job. Day is the face of the all-too-oppressed people. He’s their Robin Hood, the one that has spent years robbing from the rich government to feed the poor and give them medicines they need. June is the nation’s boasted military genius – a greater asset to the government than anyone else. She is their prodigy. With their faces doing the dirty work, the citizens will likely get behind any plans the Patriots have.
But something smells fishy to June and Day – something doesn’t quite sit right with the Patriots and their leader, Razor. Something doesn’t quite sit right with anything he is saying. Can he be trusted? Will he do the things he promised when they pledged their loyalty to his group? And something doesn’t quite feel right in the government either. Day and June are in a very odd, very dangerous position; they have to completely trust one another to get themselves and the people they love out of it and to safety – because this government has turned on them both before and it absolutely, without a doubt cannot be trusted…or can it?
Where there is a whisper of a maybe-romance in Legend,
there is for sure a romance in Prodigy…
I don’t mind a romance in a dystopian book. I really don’t. BUT…this story is so good and I want it to stay that way. It is a really good dystopian story with a really bad government with awful villains and it gives me the creeps. Oh, this is how I like them! What we have here is a guy and a girl that like (maybe love?) each other, but there is another guy and another girl and it could be potentially read as awkward. Sound confusing? It is. It’s not quite a love triangle – it’s more like a love square? Does that even exist? I don’t really know.
In all seriousness, Day and June really only have eyes for each other, but there are a couple of others that spring up and try to stare a little too hard or spring a kiss here and there. Sigh sigh sigh. That’s okay, I suppose – but part of what I like so much about this series is that I can recommend to my GUY READING FRIENDS and be able to answer truthfully when they want to know about how romance-y it gets.
In the next book, I’m sure the romance between Day and June will still be a part of the story. I actually hope it will because by this time, I’m invested. But I want it to be well-written and not a love-triangle or include other people. This series is TOO GOOD to blow it on romance. (Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE a good romance plot line in a story. And I love Day. And I like June. But I want them together, not fumbling around trying to figure out that they are good together.) That’s about all I have to say about that.
Okay, there is a little twist that comes up at the end of the book. NOW, friends, some will call it a cliffhanger. I may even call it a bit of a cliffhanger. (read: possibly a horrid cliffhanger) BUT…I’m going to instead choose to TRUST Marie Lu with the story and not stress out over it or tell you what kinds of emotions I had at this particular point. I WILL say that I did throw up my hands and say WHOA THERE.
I’m sure that this little kink in the story (KINK, I tell you!) will work itself out. This story is too good to be all twistified by too much craziness. I’m just going to trust this author and not stress myself out. Yes, I realize I’m repeating myself. It’s just a little kink. Nothing to be alarmed about. *deep breath*
I’m not sure that everyone will be as enthusiastic about it as I am, however. Where Legend was pretty stellar, Prodigy does have a few things that seem slightly less-than-stellar. For example, the romance gets in the way of the progression of the story a few times. In this particular series, I want all of the action! I want heroes saving the people and overthrowing the government! I don’t particularly care as much if June is jealous because Day is talking to one particular girl for a little longer than necessary. That seems a little petty and takes away from the high bar that Legend set…but not too much, because there is plenty of action to be had in Prodigy, trust me.
There are new characters to love, and new ones to hate. There are some of the same characters from Legend – some of them make it thru the story, and some don’t. Prodigy is a story that will bring forth emotions from the very beginning, and that is why it took me a little while to read it. I could not read it quickly like many readers can – I had to digest it in pieces because when certain things happened, I had to practice my deep breathing skills and pace the floors a little bit. (That is not a joke.)
The scope of the world is larger, as the story takes place over a larger area. I love the differences Marie Lu creates in regions – they are so vivid in my mind, like a movie. The world is bleak and dark, and perfect for this story, and I enjoyed this so much because the characters she created are so enjoyable. The legend and the prodigy: Day and June; so fantastic and developed and heroic. I love them.
Even with the WHAT?! ending Marie Lu threw at us, I closed the book and wanted to hug it and take it out dancing. You guys, I just love this series to pieces. I have all respect for a gal who can write a evil government so well, who can write mean villains, and do it better than a lot of men. She makes me cringe at people that betray the people, that make the world a WORSE place, and then smile and lie to the faces of their citizens. She makes me happy when she creates a pair of complete opposites that band together to become a set of heroes for the very same people. THIS SERIES, y’all: I can’t get enough. I know this book has its teensy flaws, but it is still SO GOOD that I barely notice them. This series is one that will drive me crazy until I can get the last book because WHY WHY WHY that tiny kink, Marie Lu? Why? Oh! the emotions. I love them!
Fans of the previous book, Legend, will most likely love this one. Possibly not as much, but I don’t see anyone dropping the series. I also recommend this book for fans of YA dystopians with evil villains and governments, great heroes, great world-building, and action-driven plots.
*Again, there are alternating POV’s with different colored prints. This time, instead of black and gold, it was black and blue. You guys know how I go crazy over that sort of thing. Also, how awesome is this cover? YEP. It is.
Romance: Pre-existing, odd triangle of sorts. Kind of.
Fantastic characterization – GREAT heroes.
Prodigy by Marie Lu
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