Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 371 (ARC)
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.
Holy, holy! I have all the feels and I can't put them into words! I simply cannot wrap my head around the roller-coaster of emotion that this book took me on! I'm still reeling.
Marie Lu's amazing ability to deliver a phenomenal story between two perspectives is back in the sequel to her amazing debut. Picking up two weeks after where its predecessor left off, PRODIGY begins with Day and June's arrival in Vegas and the stunning revelation that the Elector Primo is now dead. His son, Anden, has taken his place. But they quickly realize that they have no other choice but to help the Patriots to ensure their own survival and safety, thus they find themselves twisted in a nasty scheme to assassinate the new Elector to make the Republic truly crumble. While on course, Day struggles with his hatred for the Republic for hurting his family as well as his desire never to kill and June struggles with the concept of right and wrong and whether this new, young, handsome Elector is the same man his father was. Full of more amazing twists, this story stresses the importance of loyalty and love.
I want to start off by saying how amazing it was to learn more about Lu's futuristic world. As much as I was able to learn from LEGEND, we actually get more history as to why the Republic and Colonies were created at the hands of Anden. We learn what the Colonies are, what's going on in the rest of the world, and how all other countries view the Republic. All of the concepts were truly fascinating, thus enhancing Lu's already amazing and solid world-building.
The characterization in this one was amazing as well. June and Day will always be adored. Both are still strong and always on the look-out, but they both experienced extreme inner turmoil with this one, struggling to understand their emotions and desires as well as the desires of those surrounding them. Anden was also interestingly characterized. It was refreshing to see someone on the younger side involved in politics, but act wise beyond his years. And lastly, there's more of Kaede. God, I freaking loved Kaede in this one. Always one step ahead, she's willing to do anything for what is right, no matter what side that means she is on. And she got her moment in the cockpit of a plane. Boy, did she show up and impress. Kaede is the type of ally and friend that is worth killing for, and this book exemplifies that.
Lastly, the plot twists. They are plentiful and completely shocking. My mind was blown countless times as I read through this one, especially in the last third of the book. And the last page...no words. This book made me feel everything from pride, happiness, worry, and heartbreak. It broke my heart into a million little pieces and left me begging for more, and as much as I hate that book three is so far away, I love the fact that I've become so attached to these characters.
The second installment in Lu's amazing trilogy is a must read, though I do recommend brushing up on your LEGEND knowledge before reading it. The little details always count, especially because Lu's world is forever changed.