Book Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Title – Author: Prodigy – Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Series/Standalone: Series – Legend #2
Format – Source: Hardcover – Bought

June and Day fled Los Angeles injured. June is wanted by the Republic as a traitor and Day is thought to be dead after his brother takes his place in his execution. Desperate and out of options, they turn to the Patriots for help. But no help comes without a price, and the leader of the Patriots has a task for them: June and Day have to assassinate the new Elector of the Republic. Not everything is as it seems with the Patriots’ plan though and it’s up to June and Day to discover the truth before they make a mistake that could destroy their world.

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I enjoyed Legend (it was even my first review on the blog!) and was super excited to read the sequel, but then I put if off until book club finally picked it as our September read. Prodigy definitely lives up the first book in the series.

This series is one that I would call a “blockbuster” series. Reading it reminds me of watching an action movie. The story picks up right after the end of Legend and goes full-steam ahead. The pace moves so quickly as one exciting thing after another happens to June and Day. Their involvement with the Patriots is dangerous and thrilling as they try to assassinate the Elector. Like June, I knew something was up so I was racing along to reach the big reveal.

My favorite new character was the new Elector, Anden. He’s not what he seems and it was interesting to see how both June and Day come to form their opinions of him. I liked how he’s dedicated to rising above his father’s mistakes and making changes in his country that go against what his father’s policies were but is still conflicted because he loved his father despite everything.

Be prepared: the ending is a bit of a punch in the gut. I’m not sure how it will be resolved in Champion, but now I’m dying to find out what’s going to happen.

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Prodigy is an action-packed, quick read that’s sure to get fans salivating for the final installment.

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7 – really good but missing a little something – George Weasley



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