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?
Prodigy is the sequel to Legend, a blockbuster release of a YA novel that rocked readers socks off last year. Legend was filled with action, rebellion, mystery, a love storyline, and a post apocalyptic US thrown in for good measure. Both protagonists, June and Day, were strong willed and engaging to read. Basically Legend was a fun book to read.
Of course, the problem with writing a trilogy is always the second book in the series.
It’s incredibly hard to maintain the excitement and novelty of the characters and situations in a sequel, while at the same time not completely resolving the story. Further, second books in a series often end in a depressing note, allowing the third book protagonists to overcome the obstacles, unfortunately this usually leaves readers miffed at the end of the second book.
Luckily, Marie Lu, the author, does much better than most in crafting her second book in the series. Prodigy is still filled with action, it still has great protagonists, and it still is engaging to read. The love story aspect was laid on a bit thick at times for me, but I also prefer less of that than most, so to each their own.
I really enjoyed seeing how the rest of the world viewed the warring Republic and Colonies, especially the modern day switch with Africa, I thought that was well thought of by Lu.
Of course, while I enjoyed the little things like that, there were a few elements I had trouble swallowing. Such as the ease upon convincing certain people the change. How predictable some of the secret allegiances were, and the inevitable trouble in love paradise.
That said, I really liked Prodigy. It had action, adventure, interesting characters (mostly Day, June, and Tess), and while I didn’t love all of the storylines I liked enough to keep myself engaged and entertained. Finally because of the at the end of Prodigy, I was left shocked. To be honest, I truly can’t wait for the next in the series to see what happens next.
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Published: January 29, 2013
Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Prodigy-Legend-Novel-Marie-Lu/dp/0399256768/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360047528&sr=8-1&keywords=prodigy