Prodigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on January 29th 2013
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
**If you have not read Legend, there will be obvious spoilers in this review for the first book.
I enjoyed Legend immensely when I listened to it on audio, so I was hoping I would still enjoy the sequel even though I was reading a physical copy this time.
Prodigy takes place just about where Legend ended. June and Day are looking for help from the Patriots and hope to gain their attention in Vegas. Taken under the wing of the Patriots, they find themselves in a scheme to take down the new Elector Anden. June will be working closely with Anden by turning herself in and embedding herself in a position to speak with Anden. Day will be working with the Patriots to actually assassinate the Elector.
As June gets closer to Anden she finds that there is more to him than the Patriots think. She struggles with deciding whether it is best for the Republic to assassinate it's young leader or to empower him and she must decide before the day of the assassination. Beyond the main plot, Day and June struggle as a couple, being such strong personalities from such different backgrounds. The reintroduction of Tess confuses the situation, as Day starts to see where the appeal of his street companion may be more sensible.
There was a lot of action in this second novel, something that made me keep reading. I love the way the political intrigue wraps around the whole plot. Some of the side characters started to blaze into the story more, but the story line is very much centered on Day and June.
Final Verdict: The way this one ended hopefully leaves room for another story and I definitely want to see what will happen next. Yet it still had the wrapped up feel to it that helps you feel satisfied until the next book. Overall, a great sequel with lots of action, romance and internal struggles. I continue to enjoy the dual point of view between Day and June. That being said, it would also be nice to see a third narrator or even fourth in the next book.
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