February 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu – Review

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Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

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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.

add to goodreadsProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
Publication Date:  January 29, 2013
Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
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Gabby NewI absolutely fell in love with author Marie Lu’s novel Legend and was eager to start her sequel Prodigy. After the strong ending that Legend concluded with, I was dying to know what happens next to main characters Day and June. As you know (and I’m assuming that you’ve read the first book, if you haven’t… do you like spoilers or something?) Day and June escaped from Los Angeles. June officially gave up her allegiance to the Republic in saving Day and now the two young lovebirds are on their way to a terrifying future or one what will be Legend—ary. I’ll tell you right now that the events that took place in Prodigy were ones that I didn’t see coming, there were plot twists that had my jaw hitting the floor and there was world building that made me feel more in touch with the Legend universe. In short: I freaking loved Prodigy and want the next installment a.s.a.p.

Prodigy takes place right after the events that took place in Legend. June and Day are on the run from the Republic as wanted criminals and find themselves in Las Vegas. The Elector has just recently died and his son is supposed to pick up where he left off. June and Day are later picked up by the Patriots and meet their leader Razor. He tells June and Day that they will be doing a Patriot assassination job that will involve killing the new Elector. June is forced to go back behind enemy lines and is back in the arms of the Republic as she plays double agent. Day is with the Patriots in hopes of killing the Elector and starting a rebellion against the Republic, however as the two lovers are kept from each other, their relationship is tested. June’s mission is to gain the Elector’s trust, at any means necessary even if it means stealing his heart. Day’s opinion of June is slowly beginning to change as he monitors her with the Patriots and faces the fact that Tess is showing an interest in him and a dislike in June.

I personally enjoyed Prodigy a whole lot more than I did Legend and that is saying something considering the fact that I loved Legend intensely. Prodigy was not only a novel that thrilled me and kept me entertained, but it also kept up a fast pace that left me dying to read the next chapter and find out what would happen to the main characters next. The novel differs from Legend by quite a lot, where the first novel set the tone for the series and introduced us to the characters, it’s sequel steps everything up a notch. Stakes are increased, the new romance between Day and June is tested, secrets are revealed and there’s way more action. Throughout the novel we find ourselves being met with new points crucial to the plot and are introduced to more of the Legend world.

One thing that really irked me in Legend was how little I knew about the world. I didn’t know what caused things to get so cray-cray, I didn’t know what the world was like or who the characters were. Prodigy changes that completely. Not only did I learn about the past, but I also got to learn about the Republic and the Colonies. I got to see why this world sucks so badly (and I mean that in a good way) and I loved that finally more things about the setting were revealed to me. Another big thing that is added to the novel are the Patriots. Sure we saw them in the last novel, but only briefly. In Prodigy the Patriots play a crucial role and readers can see the way they operate and who their ranks are. Not only are the Patriots composed of total badasses, but they’re also being held together and led by a web of lies.

The novel does focus more on the relationship between Day and June, we get to see more romantic scenes that involve stealing kisses and secrets being revealed to both characters. The relationship is tested and because I like Jay (came up with that myself) as a couple, I’ve grown to completely despise Tess. Curse her for trying to break up Jay! Marie Lu’s writing is refreshing and I think that whatever she does next in the series is going to surprise me completely. The note that Prodigy ended on had me going “O-M-G!” for a few minutes. It was so shocking and awesome and heartbreaking and just… I can’t even put it into words.

I would recommend the Legend series to fans of dystopia, readers that love post-apocalyptic romances and those of us who are looking for a novel that they won’t want to put down and won’t stop thinking about long after finishing.

You can check out our review of Legend HERE!

About the Author:

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

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  1. Alexa

    I’m glad that we get to learn more about the world. I really loved the world in Legend but felt that I didn’t know enough to fully picture it.

    Thanks for the great review, can’t wait to read this one :)

  2. Can’t wait for you to read this one too!

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