Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: January 29th 2013
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?
The second book of the Legend trilogy was a great one. They say the sequel is always doomed to fail but that’s not the case with this book.
Prodigy continues the adventures of Day and June. After escaping the Batalla Hall, June and Day runs away to the Colonies to ally with the Patriots. The new Elector will be assassinated by the Patriots and Day and June are the key to making this plan a success. But will the new Elector turn out to be just like his father or could he be the catalyst to change in the Republic? And could Day and June really murder him in cold blood?
The trilogy took a really interesting turn in the sequel. For the first time in his life Day is given the chance to end the life of the man who was the initial cause of his suffering. But will he do it? Can his conscience take it? The thing with Day is, is that he is like the superhero we see in TV and in comics. They are too good to stain their hands with the blood of their enemies. In this novel we see a deeper, darker side of Day. Lu exposes the darkest recesses of Day’s heart, stretching him to his limits and further exploring his character. The same thing goes for June. In Prodigy, their relationship will be tested even more, they will be at each other’s throats and you will surely wonder if they can make it until the end.
I hate myself for not realizing this in the first book but there’s definitely a love triangle in this series. I am not a fan nor I agree with love triangles. If done right, it could be a great twist to a story but I always mention this fact in my review just to warn people who aren’t the biggest fan of love triangles. I also hated June slightly because of this. In the first book I was a big fan of her but in the sequel I got annoyed by her. Probably because in Prodigy Lu made me realize just how imperfect June is. But despite her imperfection, June still has some very admirable qualities.
Legend was all about introducing us to the story and the characters while Prodigy was about further exploring the characters and pushing them to their limit. Lu also gives us more shocking revelations and new twists to the story. I especially love how June’s and Day’s different worlds clash in the story. It reminds us that no matter how close to each other they seem they will always have disagreements due to the different walks of life they came from. There will be new characters we’ll meet and we’ll also say good bye to some.
I really enjoyed Prodigy, despite my slight annoyance with June. Lu did a great job in writing this one, the Legend trilogy is now one of my favorite series and I can’t wait to read the last book in the trilogy, Champion.