Sunday, February 10, 2013
Prodigy by Marie Lu
384 pages, YA Dystopian
My rating: 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?
In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.
My 2 cents
This was a really good sequel. I liked it just as much as Legend, which was a huge relief for me! I'll try not to give away any spoilers for Prodigy, but there will be spoilers for Legend!
Just like Legend, Prodigy is told from a dual POV between June and Day. In this book, Day's type is black and June's is blue. I liked June's POV better than Day's in this story. June is just so gosh darned SMART, and she's a pleasure to read. In Legend, I didn't enjoy her side as much because she was so in the dark on what was really going on. Not anymore! In fact, I think in this story, its Day that is in the dark!
June and Day throw their trust and lot with the Patriots. The Patriots will only protect them if June and Day agree to the Patriot's new plan: assassinate the new young Elector. June and Day agree, and are immediately split up to work the "plan." I knew right away that separating June and Day would be a huge mistake. Not to mention all the questions I had for the Patriots. They really didn't have a very concise plan. There was obviously things they weren't telling June or Day.
So June spends her time trying to get close to the Elector. She learns lots of things in the process, and starts to wonder....is it the Elector whose bad? Or the government itself? Day spends his time making life hell for the government...stealing food, ambushing trains, anything to make his mark and get more support from the people. He also gets to be with Tess, but comes to find out their relationship has turned complicated.
June and Day both make some mistakes in this story, but they stay true to themselves, which I loved! Their loyalty to each other is tested throughout the book, which made for a nail biting read! The ending was completely unexpected for me, and I don't know how I'm going to wait a year for the next book! If you love a good dystopian, this series is amazing!