25 February 2013

Prodigy by Marie Lu

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.

Everything I loved about Legend, from the brilliantly dynamic characters to the exciting world, was brought back in Prodigy tenfold.  In a word, Prodigy was fantastic.  I slipped easily back into the world, into the roller coaster plot, and into the heads of two great main characters -- June and Day.  From page one, I was captured, and by the end (with its epic twist), I was breathless.

I think my favorite part about Prodigy was a toss up between the way Marie Lu expanded on the world, and the progression of the characters.  With sequels, I always worry about a rehashing of the first book.  No matter how much faith I have in the author, there's always that little worry in the back of my mind that wonders how much the second book is going to be just like the first.  Well, I shouldn't've worried with Marie Lu at the helm.  Prodigy expanded the world of Legend brilliantly, and the characters progressed and changed instead of remaining stagnant.  

With two of the five Must-Haves of a Story knocked out, it was easy to get back into the story of Day and June, and the exciting plots they seem to always cause.  I loved how the stakes were clearly defined, so I understood the gravity of their situation.  I never felt like saying, "Duuude, just do ____ and all your problems will be solved!"  Marie Lu backed her characters into a corner nicely, so that they had to fight their way out, and they never made it out of that corner without scrapes and bruises and maybe a few broken bones.  I liked how the plot challenged them and forced them to change.

Aside from character progression, I liked the characters themselves.  I love how their relationship wasn't easy; how they still had to figure themselves out, as well as each other.  And when they had an issue, I understood why because it was clear where they were coming from.  Their struggles and squabbles made their romance so much more enjoyable.

I also really liked how the writing deftly delivered the impact of the story -- some scenes are seared into my mind.  It didn't weigh down sections of the story with unnecessary information, or give anything away prematurely, so it was easy to stay involved in the character's thoughts and motivations and how they were affecting the plot.  It was also really easy to see the difference between June and Day's line of thinking.  Each of their narrations were unique to each character, which let me enjoy the story even more.

Prodigy was a great second installment, and a book that I would love to sit back and reread.

"Remember, you’re drunk. And happy. You’re supposed to be lusting over your escort. Try smiling a little more."

Day plasters a giant artificial smile on his face. As charming as ever. "Aw, come on, sweetheart. I thought I was doing a pretty good job. I got my arm around the prettiest escort on this block—how could I not be lusting over you? Don’t I look like I’m lusting? This is me, lusting." His lashes flutter at me.

He looks so ridiculous that I can’t help laughing. Another passerby glances at me. "Much better."
"You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just ... met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, 'Hi, I'm Daniel.'"
Book Info

  • pages - hardcover, 374
  • published - January 2013
  • publisher - Putnam Juvenile
  • genre - sci-fi/dystopian
  • received via - BN.com
  • rating - 5/5
  • series - Legend