Book Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu
Series: Prodigy (Legend #2)
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Characters: June, Day, Anden,
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre Type: Dystopia
Publication Date: January 29th 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 374 pages
Challenge: Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
With Prodigy, Marie Lu has created not only an outstanding sequel to her debut novel Legend, but most will probably agree an even better book the second time around. Fans will not be disappointed with this sequel. Prodigy has the same great elements as Legend, but in my opinion, her writing has gotten even better. There's more details, deeper characterizations, and trickier plots to name just a few.
Taking off from where Legend ended, June and Day arrive in Vegas, only to discover that the Elector Primo has died. As Anden, his son, assumes his father's position as new Elector, chaos threaten to erupt in the Republic. It's a perfect time for Day and June to join forces with a group of rebel Patriots. Or is it? The Rebels agree to help help Day rescue his brother and agree to help Day and June with safe passage to the Colonies. But the Rebels have just one catch for Day and June- they must assassinate the new Elector.
Tension arises when Day and June are separated, each performing their part of the assassination plot. But it soon becomes clear that June is having conflicting emotions after she has had the chance to get to know Anden, and realizes he is nothing like his father. Could he be the new beginning she was hoping for? Can Anden really change the Republic? Can Day believe in June enough to stop the rebel Patriots before it's too late?
I must say, one of my favorite parts of Prodigy is the Bunker Scene (Warning: geekiness follows) where Day, after seeing a world map for the first time, has this really awesome discussion with Kaede about the map. Finally, through Day’s eyes and Kaede's explanations, we can picture the depth of devastation that occurred to the Earth in this story, where the landmasses shifted, as well as the power changes and technological changes. I’ll admit, I was a bit disappointed when Legend didn’t include any post-apocalyptic information, and happy that she included here in Prodigy. To me, any sort of Dystopian novel needs this information in order for the world to feel real and substantial to me. It just adds that much more depth the story. Thank you Ms. Lu. (End of geekiness).
As far as characterization goes, June really shined for me. I could see how much her character has grown since Legend. The alternating viewpoints between Day and June effortlessly moved the story along, even as separation and personal differences between Day and June threatened their relationship.
Marie Lu has done it again, she’s not only written a great book, but a awesome sequel. Get your seat-belts on because Prodigy is going to take you for a great ride. And the ending of Prodigy, well sigh, Day and June, you just gotta read it. I’m happily anticipating book three.