Book Review: Legend #2: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Legend #2)

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?

Book 1: Legend review

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The Elector put a hand under June’s chin and brings her face towards his own. He is taking something from me that I thought was just for me, and I feel a sudden, shattering sense of loss.

Emotional. Wreck. Right. Now.
*screams at the top of my lungs* Dammit!

Three days after I closed my copy of Prodigy, and I am still crestfallen over its ending. Why does Marie Lu have to take that road? 😦

In the ending of Legend, June went with Day and now she’s a fugitive. Their plan is to get to the Colonies after they manage to retrieve Tess and Eden from wherever they are. As with everything in a dystopian world, nothing comes free. So at the cost of transportation to reach the Colonies, June and Day accepted Patriots’ offer to assassinate the new Elector Primo, Anden.

So Day stayed with the Patriots, and June went back tot he Republic  to be the inside “man” for the job. And because of this separation, several issues emerged. There’s Day doubting June’s feelings for her, Day being dubious on June’s loyalty (is she still a soldier of a Republic or a rebel with the Patriots?). These insecurities of Day made his character somewhat limp and uncoordinated with the Day I met in Legend. So, what a startling contrast from June, whose character was far more superior and intelligent than what was portrayed of her in book 1. =)

I did not see the confidence in Day, but the arrogance is still there. He was bordering on pathetic, what with his gullibility with Tess‘ poisonous thoughts (I hate you, b*tch) and his incapacity to understand what June was going through. To think that he wasn’t the only one who lost a brother. Right?

Now, it seemed fitting that Prodigy is the title of this sequel, because June‘s character was quietly powerful and she was the focus of it all. For every decision she makes, she not only considers Day (although he’s the biggest factor) but also, she questions whether her actions will change anything to the Republic, for the better. She’s matured and level-headed when dealing with Day, brilliant and devious when dealing with the Republic. I just love her for it!

I have no problems with the story flow. It was far better than I anticipated in dystopian sequels nowadays. But the way that Day’s and June’s destinies played out in the end? Not nice. That is not very nice of you, Marie Lu!

Prodigy was a solid follow up to Legend. If I wasn’t too attached with Day and June, I’d say it was a kick-*ss sequel. Unfortunately, I feel too much for these two, who has lost their loved ones to the cruelty of the Republic.

F*ck that ending. I’m so sad still. *sob*

#12 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

#7 Dystopia Challenge 2013

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PRODIGY by Marie Lu

Paperback, 356 pages

Published January 29th 2013 by Penguin

3.5/5 stars

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