Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Review: Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Pub Date: January 29th 2013
Pages: 371
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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?

I really wasn’t sure what direction Marie Lu would take in Prodigy, but it’s safe to say I wasn’t expecting to be punched in the gut at the end.

I really didn’t want to start by talking about the ending of this book, but it will not leave me! I had a feeling there had to be something HUGE coming when I was nearing the end, otherwise we probably could’ve wrapped up the series here. Not that everything is resolved, but there is some semblance of progress. I have a very bad feeling that there is no salvation for this particular turn of events. In fact, I’m resigning myself to the realization that my worst fear for this will come to pass. Am I going to hold out for a miracle? Well, of course! I WANT IT BADLY! But I can’t give my heart over to it, because it might kill me. WHY!?!? And that last page!!! I must confess, I cried in the end. That last page was so heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system… *shakes it off*

Prodigy moved at a pretty steady pace. Not once did I feel a lull in this book. It’s intense, edge-of-your-seat action and nail-biting suspense. It felt like everything was in their hands from the moment I cracked the book open.

I thought June had impressed me in Legend…but that was nothing compared to how much I love that girl after reading Prodigy. While she was still her kick-ass self, in this book she was also so vulnerable. She still can’t express her feelings to Day, but you can see her trying. And maybe that’s why she’s so much better at sniffing out the BS than he is though. She lives by logic and intelligence, where Day is all passion and impulsivity. The question of whether they match very well comes up a few times. Are they perfect for one another? Probably not. But we can’t do much about it once our heart is set on someone.

That was actually one of my biggest frustrations with this story. Day. I love you, Day, but I wanted to slap some sense into you a few times during this book. His uncertainty was killing me!! There were moments with June where he really let me down. And don’t EVEN get me started about Tess. WTF?! Maybe I saw it coming from her…but, again, the uncertainty from Day?! DUDE! No. I was not cool about it. And this is actually funny to me because the synopsis makes it seem as if June might make a misstep. It doesn’t always have to be the girl who messes up, you know. Most of the time, it isn’t. Just sayin’! :P

I was really surprised by some of secondary characters in this book. I’ve already talked a little about how I wasn’t a huge fan of Tess in this book, but there’s one I LOATHED from Legend whose confession surprised me. I won’t give that one away. Then there’s Anden. I really liked him. I liked his personality and his ideals. I like that he’s a ruler who is strong but fair. He just needs a little help with the leading… Surprised by this? Yeah, I KNOW! So was I!

I don’t know how to wrap this up properly, but just know that this series is by far one of the best dystopians out there. And this sequel only elevated the series. No sophomore slump for Marie Lu. Nope!! You guys must read it. Meanwhile, I’ll just wait here with bated breathe until the release of the third book.

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Asheley @ Into the Hall of Books – “Prodigy by Marie Lu is solid. It’s a solid second-part in the series that pretty much everyone seems to love, and I completely stand behind the reasons for this.”

Elena @ Novel Sounds – “Dear Day and June, Have you heard communication is the key to success in any relationship?”

Giselle @ Xpresso Reads – “Prodigy lives up to its predecessor, maybe even surpassing it with the incredible progress in the world development–which was something I was a tad disappointed by in Legend.”

 

 

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

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15 Responses to “Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu”

  1. Christina

    PRODIGY was so good. I completely agree with what you said about June, the pacing, the romance… And yes, this sequel surpassing its predecessor. Can’t wait for the third book either :)

  2. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    I have heard very mixed things about this book. The LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT as well as rumors of CRAZY CLIFFHANGERS has me thinking that I will wait to read this one until the finale is out. I also can’t stand when characters don’t keep things from each other. My heart can’t take too many more series disappointing me :(. Glad you thought this was as good as LEGEND, because I liked that one, but didn’t fall in love. I will keep this on my radar though.

    • Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Honestly, I wouldn’t stress about the love triangle thing. Level: Mild! :D The ending is more sad than cliffhangery. I don’t know if MY heart will be able to take book three!! I hope you read Prodigy and you fall in love with this series. :)

  3. Christa

    The ending broke my heart too! Ahhh and Day!! So much indecision! Your review hit my feelings on this book right on the head!

  4. sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I am so nervous about what the ending will mean for the last book! I cried too. :'( And the character you loathed in the first book, I was surprised about the secret there to. It was a nice little twist to the story though. And now we wait for the last book… *cries* Great review!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  5. Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    YESSSSS. And that little thing at the end? This too shall pass. I called it a kink in my blog post because I’m refusing to see it as anything other than a KINK. A kink!

    Also, I’d like to high five Marie Lu with both hands for making her books like like actual dystopian books with these awesome covers. Girl knows how to do things in this business. Her team is BEAST.

    LOVE that you loved it. Can’t wait for the end, ALTHOUGH you know that I will begin my freakout in the weeks leading up to reading it. It’s my way.

    • Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      IT BETTER PASS! haha Totally a kink. *repeats it like a mantra* And we can TOTALLY freak out together. I think I won’t be able to help it with this series. :-|

  6. elena

    AUGH I KNOW about the frustrations!! I wish they would talk to each other at times. I liked June a lot more in this and I loved seeing more of her. I’m so curious to see how Marie Lu will end this.

    • Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      OMG, I KNOW! I was all “JUST TELL HER/HIM HOW YOU FEEL!!!” *sigh* But they never do what we say. :/ I’m actually nervous/excited to see how Marie Lu will end the series.

  7. Kathy

    OMG, I totally agree with everything you wrote here. I just finished the book and I’m sobbing uncontrollably. ALL THE FEELS!!!! WHYYYYYY. -drowns in a pool of tears- sigh, now I have to wait patiently for the next book :(

  8. Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    OH MY GOSH THE GUT PUNCH. *sobs*
    I refuse to believe that it will be anything other than OKAY for everyone, including US THE READERS. Because whenever I think about this book, I just get bug-eyed about that big KINK at the end and my heart starts beating really fast like WHY MARIE WHY? Seriously, though, incredible. Great story, great book covers. I’m already anticipating my re-reads of Legend and Prodigy before the release of the last book.

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