Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie LuHardcover, 371 pages
Published January 29th 2013

After reading a lot of dystopia and being disappointed in some of them, Legend was a breath of fresh air. It was action packed, had a great plot, and the romance between June and Day never took over the story. I really enjoyed it.

So much so that I went and picked up Prodigy. So was it as good as Legend. Short answer: No. Long answer: It wasn’t better than Legend, but it was still enjoyable. I think some of the things I overlooked in the first novel, really manifested itself here. It was still a fun read though, just not as good as Legend.

Prodigy picks up right where Legend ends. June has just betrayed the Republic and helped free Day. In order to move forward, they’ll need the help of the Patriots, a group of rebels who want to bring change in the Republic. After a trip to Vegas, June and Day meet up with the Patriots and agree to work with them. The mission is simple. June will go back to the Republic and lead the new Elector to a certain spot and Day, who will be with the Patriots, will kill him. This will spark a revolution and the people will finally be free from their oppressive state. Both June and Day have their own reasons to destroy the Republic, but are they willing to kill someone for this change and are they even sure that change will even happen?

Like before, the plot is great. If you’ve read enough of these kinds of novels, or watched these kinds of shows, you’ll pretty much get an idea of where the plot is heading. However, I did enjoy the path that Lu took and the little details sprinkled throughout. The politics and history of the world was great to see and I finally got a clear picture of how the world really is.

I also liked Anden, the new 20yr old Elector. He’s great, a little naïve, but great. Sadly, due to how awesome he was, I start to not like Day a whole lot. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want June and Anden to hook up and I do like her with Day. But while Day was immature and annoying in some scenes, Anden was just likeable. Usually, the characters I like tend to get the shaft, so I expect him to die in the next book.

We also got to see the Colonies here, which I also enjoyed. It was nice and shiny, but also pretty insane. Their territories have mixed capitalism mixed with the movie Idiocracy (only no one is stupid here). Product placement is everywhere and companies sponsor everything from health care to orphanages. It was crazy, but fascinating too.

The contrast between the Colonies, a government which is in bed with corporations, and the Republic, a government that is struggling and in need of international aid, but won’t get it because they’re a rogue state. So who are the good guys and who are the bad? Perhaps the world is a lot more gray than black and white.

I still don’t know the extent of the inner workings of the Republic and the Colonies, but I do like the direction Lu is going. What I didn’t enjoy, was the angst between Day and June. Even though they were both separated for the majority of the novel, the angst was still there. Not so much with June, who thankfully still used her head in her scenes. But Day, he just brought up June all the time. I get that they like each other and I do feel like there is definitely a connection there, but to the extent that they love each other. No. No…. Then again, they’re both fifteen, so I guess their angsty nature is a given?

The two are tested further, because it turns out that Tess loves Day and Anden loves June. Thankfully, nothing comes to fruition from this, but I did feel like the square ruined Tess’ character. She’s no longer the strong-willed girl who thought things through and had a clear head. Now she’s overtaken by jealousy and spends most of her time arguing with Day about June. Her entire purpose was to provide more angst for Day. And it’s clear he likes June way more than she likes him.

I also didn’t like the reveal of Metias and Thomas. It felt thrown in and didn’t really make sense considering what we’ve seen in the last novel. It may have been a bit hard to do, since Metias died so early on, but maybe if there was something there this plot point would have seemed more authentic. Instead, it feels more tacked on. Plus, we don’t see Thomas again after the reveal, so yea…what was the point?

I still have some questions though. Like, if Day did score a perfect on his test, then why was he disposed of? How many kids scored perfect as well? We were told that the Trials are used to get rid of the weak, but if someone who scored perfect on their test was left for dead, then what is the true purpose of the Trials? Is everyone who is killed someone who scored perfect, but grew up in the slums? And if this the case, why did they allow June to live? Was it because of her family, or something else? And what about the population? Clearly, there has to be some serious consequences that arise from this test and the disappearance of a lot of kids.

So many things unanswered, but this is only the second book. I’m sure everything will be answered in Champion. Hopefully. And even though the ending was a bit melodramatic, it still has me interested in seeing more from this story and seeing where Lu takes us. I do like the world she created, I just hope that the angst gets toned down a bit. And by a bit, I mean a lot.

Would I recommend it: It may have not wowed me as much as Legend did, but I did still enjoy this novel and think the series is great. Definitely give it a try!


4 thoughts on “Prodigy by Marie Lu

  1. I’m glad I read this before I got into the book. At least I’ll be prepared for Day’s whining! I think it may also be because they’re 15 – I always imagine characters to be my age-ish, but jumping from 15 to 18 is a huge maturity leap so I’m glad for the reminder of their age!

    Ugh. Cannot wait for this book!!! *grabby hands* Where’s my boxed set… Gr..

    • Definitely be prepared of the angst. As for the ages, sometimes they sound and feel older than 15, but the angst brings them back down to their actual age. When I look at it like that, perhaps it’s a good thing that they’re whiny. It makes it more believable I guess. hehe

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