Prodigy by Marie Lu
Summary: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?
Progidy is a well-written and entertaining sequel to Marie Lu’s debut Legend, but it still doesn’t have quite enough depth or complexity to come close to other well-known dystopians such as The Hunger Games or Divergent. This being said, it is still a quick and gripping read regardless and is sure to satisfy anyone looking for a quick and satisfying read.
June and Day are criminals trying to run across the county to the Colonies to get medical treatment for Day’s bullet wounds. June is now the Republic’s most-wanted traitor, and Day is believed to be dead. When Day and June find the Patriots – an group of people trying to rebel against the Republic – who are willing to help them, they are relieved. But can they trust the Patriots?
June seems so much more mature, so much wiser, than she was at the beginning of Legend. She knows what she and Day are up against and it’s really transformed her. The character growth that she has endured is both well-written and realistic; and you’ll find her easy to identify.
One of the story’s minor flaws is the way the romance is written:
It is not especially engaging or memorable; and the chemistry between all the love interests – save for June and Day – is mediocre at best. The story would be much more engaging and fresh if all the other unnecessary romances were removed.
Marie Lu’s writing is as incredible as ever, and she’s definitely got a huge career in front of her. She knows how to get readers gripped to the pages with her tense, beautifully written action sequences. I can’t wait to see what the third book in the series – Champion – has in store.