Prodigy by Marie Lu Review

Prodigy

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?”

   

   Prodigy by Marie Lu serves as an emotional and exciting follow up to Legend. Lu opts to separate the two leads from one another, spending most of the book apart, and it pays off with good character development allowing them to come into their own and other characters to shine. Couple that with some surprisingly effective emotional moments and exciting action and Prodigy is a great sequel to the first novel.

As I said in the opening, Lu chooses to separate June and Day. While that could cause problems, Lu handles it well. June and Day each get their respective time to develop as characters and come into their own without having to rely on one another to be effective. June’s internal struggle between helping Day and acting on her own instincts was a executed well and eventually leads to some of the more emotional moments of the book. To continue, the supporting characters are given their own time to shine especially Kaede who is an absolute badass. Although,  I felt Tess was a bit whiny and became relegated as a love interest only for the sake of conflict. I was quite surprised at how effective the emotional moments were in this book. They felt organic and placed at the right times throughout the book.

The plot was a bit predictable, but I attribute that to many young adult/dystopia novels copying this trilogy’s formula and it was still well executed. The book moves at a quicker pace than the first novel and it creates some tense and exciting moments throughout the book. Lu continues to expand on the cool world she has established adding some information about the country’s hierarchy and background which I enjoyed reading.

Overall, Prodigy was a worthy follow up to Legend. The good character development with some great supporting characters, surprising emotional moments, and even more world building creates an exciting and thrilling sequel.

Rating: Must Buy

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