Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Review: Prodigy (Legend #2)

Title: Prodigy
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: January 2013

Goodreads Summary:

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?

My review:

Marie Lu's Legend Trilogy keeps getting better. The politics get messier, the love gets more passionate (as if that was possible), and the plot grows more intense with each battle. I hate being the first of my friends to read this series because otherwise I would have started years ago!

Before I get into the writing and story, let me start on those maps. They were amazing. It was one thing to hear how the U.S. had changed and another to see the flooded East coast and half of Mexico gone. The design was simply stunning (I feel like I may say that word a lot for this novel). I wish more dystopian novels provided maps because so many take place in modern U.S. If I could get a map of Divergent I'd go nuts! Thank you, Lu, for putting one in for us!

In terms of the story, the character development played out beautifully and added to the love scenes, friendship betrayals, and conniving politicians. One of my largest complaints about June was that she was too logical and critical; when her brother dies in Legend, she focuses on the crime more than the man. However, June finally owns up to the fact that yes, she does have emotions, and she listens to them more without losing her mathematical train of thought. Day is, as always, right in the middle of morally right and wrong, although he moves closer to 100% right with each chapter.

The politics constantly changed like they do in our modern U.S. Are the Colonies that much better? Is the Republic as evil as we thought? Can the Patriots do more good than bad? These questions are not fully answered in this novel and I'm grateful for it because they can't be answered in any political discussion. The weaknesses of the Republic are the strengths of the Colonies and vice versa. Eventually, a breaking point is reached where things simply have to change, and Prodigy hovers around that spot for the majority of the novel, letting the reader decide for him or herself.

The mirroring of the U.S. from the commercialism to the government makes this series the most realistic YA dystopian novel I've read. It's almost terrifying how some of the events sound so real, as though they could happen in the next few decades. Let's hope Lu's fiction doesn't become based on a true story.

Overall, this novel was stronger than the first, and I am so glad these dystopian series get better with pages.

Rating: 5 / 5 Wonders

Want to read the series or add it to your shelf? You can find the paperback here and the digital version here


  1. Great review Amber! I have this on my shelf and really need to pick it up. I have no qualms about this sequel :)

    1. Thanks so much! The series is phenomenal, and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of action and romance as much as dystopian. And the series ending?! Ugh, beautiful! Simply stunning :)