Prodigy

Prodigy

by Marie Lu

SYNOPSIS:

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.

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Book #2 in Series

What an AMAZING story!

It’s a bit unusual for me to like more the second book in a series, but as much as I liked Legend it will never compare with this lovely book… Because, you see, Prodigy is simply (and amazingly) good: great characters, strong world building, a lot more action and an amount of suspense that might kill you just a bit. Not to mention some sweet moments that might melt you like ice-cream on a sunny day.

Take care of your heart when you’ll read this book, as it is heartbreaking and extremely exciting!

THE WORLD

day-and-juneIn Legend we didn’t get much information about what was really happening in the Republic and we definitely didn’t get any information at all about what was happening outside this tiny, broken country. Well, we get our answers in Prodigy – even some than we didn’t ask for.

We get an insight into the past of the Republic, we find some informations about the Patriots, about what happened to the world as we know it.. I have a feeling that we might find in the next book some informations about Antarctica or China, or whatever country has better technology than the Republic and the Colonies – as we will need so much some advanced technologies to save us from a major heartbreak.

JUNE

juneI wasn’t her big fan in the first book because it seemed to me that she had it all way too easy.
It’s true, she kind of lost everything, but she had this vibe (“oh, poor rich girl”) that made not relate with her the way I wanted.

Still, as I said before, what I liked about her was the consistency of her actions. You can see it in this book as well, she doesn’t simply change her mind, she has doubts and she needs proofs before believing in something. She might agree with you, with doing something that you ask, but if she doesn’t believe in it, if there is any chance that you might be wrong she will do whatever is needed to be done to make things right.

June might be one of the best female characters I came across: she is strong, she is a great fighter, she is smart, she has principles and she stays true to herself. Having to fight against the Republic, against everything she was born to believe in doesn’t make her weak. No, she sharpens her instincts, she fight to find hidden layers that might lead her to the truth underneath all those lies, those plots, those monstrosities happening in the Republic.

DAY

daySometimes I wonder how did he became so famous. He is supposed to be our new Robin Hood but all he does is run. I mean it literally.
He is not much into fighting (but he has June to teach him), he doesn’t know much about politics, he definitely can’t read people and he trusts the wrong ones, his pain makes him weak, his loss vibrates through every cell in his body.
I still feel deeply sorry for him because, no matter how much he loves June, the death of his family is eating him from the inside out.

These things are not meant to make us dislike him. He is not perfect, he has tons of flaws, but they also make him tridimensional. He is not a doll, he has feelings, he is strong but he has weaknesses, he is fast but we are still able to catch up with him, to love him. All his life he tried to fight for other people, to help the poor, to save the innocent, but now he is the one in need to be helped, saved. He is tired and all he wants is to find his brother and forget about this war bigger than him. He dreams about a safe place to live with June, Eden and Tess – the most important people in his life, the ones he would give his life for.

SIDE CHARACTERS

We are at war and people come and go.
We meet them, we start caring about them and then they are gone. Some die, some get lost, some you just wish they would die already.  We find more about some of them (Thomas, Kaede, even Metias) and we would love to know less about others *caugh* Tess *cough* Some are meant to help us, some are not to be trusted and some will break our heart even though they make a short appearance. Anyways, the focus remains on our couple and the others are there only to make us see the whole picture – with the good and the bad.

READING PROGRESS

10% - It’s hard to love the person guilty of your family’s death; it is hard to feel
33% - If anyone sais one more time how great Tess is and what a wonderful pair she and Day would make, I am not sure what I’m capable of.
55% - Once again you have opposite objectives. how will you find each other again, huh?
60% - Did I tell you how much I dislike Tess? Such a stupid brat!
90% - The Republic, then the Patriots and now the Colonies? What’s next – Antarctica and big China?
100% - Do.Not.Cry!

CONCLUSION

If you loved Legend you will definitely love this one too.
If you didn’t love Legend you might actually love this one.
If you are not into dystopia I am not sure if you’ll love this one, but you might check it out just in case.
As for me, I loved-loved-loved it!

Happy midnight reading!

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  • Great review! I loved June and Day, and I can’t wait to read about their “sweet moments.”

    • Ari

      Oh, they were cute even when they were fighting, LOL, so I hope that you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did. ^_^

  • Guest

    I always love your visual archives so much. Thank you for the awesome review 😀 I finished Prodigy and I just couldn’t stop crying. I can’t wait for Champion and keep wondering what will happen to June and Day.

    • Ari

      Thanks, I love creating those graphics and it makes me happy when someone likes them 🙂 I have mixed feelings about that ending, not sure if I should hope for the best (as maybe I’ll get my heart broken in the next book) or to start mourning and be prepared for whatever might come next 😐

  • Andrea

    It’s out already?! Oh, how did I miss it??
    BTW, do you know something about the movie? The last time I heard something about it, it was before the first book even came out.

    • Ari

      Yes, it’s been out for more than a month now. I didn’t hear anything about the movie, but I will let you know when I do 😉 Can’t wait for it too!

    • Ari

      Update: Seems like the screenplay is ready (I don’t remember where, but i saw a video of Marie Lu stating this), so I guess the next step is the casting 😀 Can’t wait