REVIEW: Prodigy by Marie Lu
by Marie Lu
Legend Series, Book Two
Expected publication: January 29, 2013
Jan. 4. 1932 Hours.
Ocean Standard Time
Thirty-Five Days After Metias’s Death
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 vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?
MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES, LEGEND!
Right after Day and June have escaped his public execution, they meet up with the Patriots. The situation can be mutually beneficial for both parties–Day needs medical help and wants to find his brother, and the Patriots want the new Elector Primo eliminated. June and Day accept the offer, and put into motion a dangerous plan.
But how can they go through with it when they don’t know which side to trust? Things Day and June have believed in their whole lives are about to change…the nation is on the brink of revolution.
I loved the first book in this series, Legend. I thought it was pretty even in the way the story was told from June’s and Day’s points of view. Prodigy takes the same format, but somehow the story doesn’t come across as evenly–this book is Day’s, through and through.
The sequel picks up right where Legend left off…Day and June get off the train they boarded at the end of Legend. They are welcomed (by most) into the Patriots’ fold, but there’s an air of something different in the atmosphere. Though it’s only been a short time since they’ve seen each other, Tess is suddenly more grown up and crushing hard on Day.
While Legend was driven by Day and June’s relationship, Prodigy sees them separated for the majority of the book. I didn’t feel any growth between them…as a matter of fact their relationship in this book felt rather forced. I could almost find myself believing they’d each be better off with different people.
Where this novel gave me trouble was in the amount of politics I was required to follow. Now, I’m 27 years old and don’t love following all the ins and outs of politics in a fiction book…so I’m not sure how young adults will respond to this same thing. I know this is a subject broached in many dystopian novels; I just happen to appreciate those that contain less political action.
There wasn’t anything compelling me to finish Prodigy in the way there was with Legend. And though the events toward the end were interesting, overall I was disappointed. I won’t spoil the last couple of pages, but I’ll just say that Prodigy ended with a YA cliche that I’m very tired of seeing and I’d hoped this series was above using.
I won’t give up hope for the Legend series yet, but I really want it to improve from its’ sophomore slump.
Thanks to Around the World ARC Tours for allowing me to review this book.