Thursday 31 January 2013

A Review for Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)
Posted by Donna
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Finished Date: January 18th, 2013
Publishers: Penguin 
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

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

The Review: 4.5 Stars!

"The first time I saw you, when you stepped into that skiz ring against Kaede, I thought you were the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen. I could've watched you forever. The first time I kissed you......well, that might as well have been my first kiss ever." 

Prodigy is finally here and my god is it good! I feel like I've been ticking down the days until I finally had this book in my hands, and when I did get it, I started it immediately. But firstly I'd like to say, BRAVO to Marie Lu because she really does know how to raise the bar on this fantastic series!

Prodigy continues as we see June and Day arriving in Las Vegas so they can track down the Patriot group and help bring the Republic down. However, upon arriving it is announced to the world that Elector Primo is dead, leaving his son Anden to take his place. Everyone in the Patriot group is happy about the death of the Elector because Anden is young and naive, and he will be an easier target to assassinate than the Elector would have been. In order for June and Day to seek refuge with the Patriot group, they want something in return. They want June and Day to help assassinate Anden but June suddenly starts to question everything she is being told. Leaving her questioning like are the Patriots really the good people? 

Well, I certainly didn't expect ANY of that! Wow! In my head, I kind of thought I knew where Prodigy would lead us.  It seemed like everything was set up a certain way after the events of Legend, but I was so very wrong. It was just so unpredictable! Everything you learnt from the first book is twisted and turned around and it honestly leaves you questioning everything. Who really is the bad guy? Honestly, I couldn't even guess! Marie Lu does create a fascinating read that is so heart-pounding and full of adrenaline, that I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat from nerves and anticipation. Not only that but we do get a total different experience reading this time around because we finally get to see the Patriot's in the act. It's more military based with the fire fighter jets, street bombing, and we see more runners - which I really enjoyed.  Everything just comes together so well and it really brings it more to life. I'm so excited to see this book on the big screen - if it ever happens. 

Now not only is the story line fantastic but the dual point's of view does not disappoint. They are written perfectly and they complement each other so well. Not once do you get lost in either of the narratives. June and Day are unique and such well rounded characters that it's hard not to love them. Their faced with a lot of tough decisions through out this book - if not, more than before. They seem to have to take everything will a little bit of faith. Everywhere they turn, there seems to be someone there who is using them and it's a shame they can't confide in anyone - other than themselves and possibly even one unlikely ally, which is honestly going blow your mind. And there also a lot of uncertainty about June and Day's relationship which really throws a spanner in the works and then of course, that ending. HOLY SMOKES THAT ENDING!! I felt like screaming "WHY MARIE, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DO THAT TO US?!" No!!! It can't possibly be true....I refused to believe it. It's safe to sending the ending of Prodigy will leave you completely blown away but it will also leave you wanting to pull your hair out. It's that good! 

"We're in this together, right?" he whispers. "You and me? You want to be here, yeah?" There's guilt in his questions. "Yes," I reply. "I chose this." Day pulls me close enough for our noses to touch. "I love you."

All in all, there are many things that make Prodigy is a fantastic book and the only way you're going to find out, is by reading it yourself. I urge you to pick up this series because it just becomes even more mind-blowing with each book. 


Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

Ahh the ending! I was so shocked and heartbroken! I'm still crossing my fingers that things will be rectified in the next book, though. It has to be!

I really loved this too, and agree that Marie Lu raised the bar for this series. Brilliant review, Donna!

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Danny Bookworm said...

Ahh!!!! This quotes melts my heart!!!! Wonderful pick *sigh*
I am really excited for this one now, although you made me really afraid about the ending:)

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Clover said...

I'm very much looking forward to getting started with this one!

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