Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

March 6, 2013 5 Stars, Dystopia, Holy Sh*t Cliffhanger, Kick-Ass Heroines, Male POV, Marie Lu, Post-Apocalyptic 10 ★★★★★

Prodigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend # 2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on January 29, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 371
Format: Hardcover
Source: Own
njured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?


I loved Legend, and I desperately wanted Prodigy to live up to the standard set by its predecessor.  I’m happy to say that Marie Lu succeeded wonderfully.  When Prodigy opens, June and Day have fled the Republic, and they head to Las Vegas to join the Patriot rebellion.  Sibling love continues to play a big role as June continues to mourn her brother’s death, and Day is desperate to find his brother, Eden.

I’m a huge fan of post-apocalyptic and dystopia novels, and because this series contains both elements, it was like a jackpot for me.  I loved the revelation of the condition of the country as seen through Day’s eyes, and Day’s amazement that the Republic is perhaps not as powerful as it portrays itself.

You will never know what’s coming with Marie Lu. There’s no trickery.  She provides the clues, and either I’m clueless, or she’s just that good.  For obvious reasons, I choose to believe the latter.  There were numerous times I was genuinely shocked, including a secret involving June’s brother, Metias and a couple of major late-inning twists that I never saw coming.

The only thing I didn’t love was Tess.  She was such a great character in Legend, but here, she comes off like a whiny, angsty brat.  Blame it on hormones, I suppose.  Hopefully she’ll get over it soon.

The final action sequence is incredible; it was like Top Gun on steroids.  It was so easy to picture this as a film.  (Please, movie gods, let it happen!)  Day gives a rousing speech at the end that gave me major chills.  And his final scene with June…arrrgh, Marie, don’t make us wait too long for book number three!

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10 Responses to “Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu”

  1. rivie bleu

    I can’t wait to read this one, Legend was soo good. I like that there will be lots of new things and old things we didn’t know about. I’m excited, hopefully I’ll read it soon and I’m hoping it wont take long for the third book

  2. Bookworm1858

    With your first sentence, I was afraid you were going to follow it up with “but this didn’t match Legend, not even close” or something along those lines. Glad to see that that is actually a 5-star read-can’t wait to get my copy!

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