Prodigy by Marie Lu
Source: Picked up at ALA
Publication date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: Legend #2
Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.
I adored Legend and for those looking for something to read after finishing The Hunger Games I happily suggested Legend. Sadly Prodigy just did not draw the same level of interest from me. Granted I have a lot going on right now and not as much time to read but it still took me ages to finish this book.
Where as I enjoyed June and Day’s characters in Legend, I found them a little irritating in this book. They were constantly doubting their relationship which is understandable on one hand because they are so different but there wasn’t enough to make me root for them to stay together. I almost felt like saying well if that is how you really feel then why are you together?
The other issue I had was with the love triangle or square that was introduced. I did not feel like the other love interests really worked and it felt too forced. The story line itself had some interesting twists to it that drew me in later in the book and I felt would have worked better without the additional romantic interests thrown in.
What I did love is that we finally get to see more about the Patriots and the Colonies. It was an interesting contrast in the idea Day held of both in his head and the reality of what each group was like. I can’t wait to see how all the pieces come together in book 3 and what happens with Day and June.