Prodigy

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Title: Prodigy

Author: Marie Lu

Series: Legend, #2

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: January 29th 2013

Rating:

Four Stars

Injured 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?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Few people ever kill for the right reasons.”

June and Day have barely managed to escape Los Angeles with their lives, Day’s brother took the fall for him and was executed in his place but it still leaves June and Day with nowhere to go and no idea what their next move should be. However needing to know that Tess is safe Day heads towards the Patriots where he and June can also, hopefully, find someone to help treat Day’s infected wounds.

Arriving in Las Vegas Day and June practically fall into the waiting arms of the Patriots. However where they have always made efforts to recruit Day before, to be one of their Runners, the Patriots now have a very different job for him. In escaping the Republic Day and June have become celebrities, everyone knows their faces and despite the Republic broadcasting John’s execution as Day’s the people still believe he is alive. The job the Patriots propose is a challenging one, in the wake of the Elector’s death his son has now taken over, and the Patriots see an opportunity to finally make the changes they have been working towards.

They just need to kill the new Elector.

“The elector is young and ambitious, but he is not his father. He wants to fight for you, just as I fight for you, but first you need to give him that chance. And if you put your might behind him and lift him up, he will lift us up.”

With no other choice, not if she wants to help Day, June heads back to the heart of the Republic, spinning the story the Patriots have devised to get her as close to the new Elector as possible. Meanwhile Day waits for the perfect opportunity to kill Anden and bring in the age the Patriots see coming. However the more time June spends the Anden the more she starts wondering whether the Patriots are telling her everything, and whether what she and Day are doing is really the right thing for the Republic.

Prodigy is a book that does not, in any way, suffer from Second Book Syndrome. It takes everything we learnt in Legend, everything both Day and June went through, and takes it to the next level. There are lies on top of lies which June and Day each need to sort through, and in the meantime they need to work out what side of the battle they’re standing on. There’s a lot at stake in Prodigy, and it made for some tense chapters where I honestly had no idea what would happen to any of the characters, let alone where the story would go next.

…The Characters

“I want to run. To do what I always do, have always done, for the last five years of my life. Escape, flee into the shadows. But this time, I stand my ground. I’m tired of running.”

Day has lost everything. His mother and older brother are dead at the hands of the Republic, and his younger brother has been taken to the warfront as a biological weapon. If Day is ever going to free Eden he needs help, and the only people he can get help from are the Patriots. Day has always seen the worst side of the Republic, and after everything he went through in Legend he’s not inclined to believe the new Elector’s empty promises, but deep down Day truly wants what’s best for the people. After Legend he has their hearts and their loyalty, even if he’s not sure what to do with it he just wants to make his home a better place for everyone who has ever been trodden down on by the Republic.

“You risked an awful lot for someone you hardly know.”
I narrow my eyes. “That doesn’t say much about your character. Perhaps you should wait until someone’s about to be executed for a mistake you made.”

June again has some amazing character development in Prodigy. In Legend she started to see the dark side of the Republic; the side that kill innocent children who fail their trial, the side that control the plague that terrorises the streets, and the side that murdered her older brother. However in Prodigy she starts to once again see the Republic she knows and was prepared to devote her life to. The more time she spends with Anden – seeing the work he is trying to do for the Republic, the battles he is fighting with his senate, and his ideas for the future – the more she starts believing in the Republic and what Anden is trying to do.

“You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just…met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, ‘Hi, I’m Daniel.'”

Despite not being together much in this book Day and June are never far from the other’s thoughts. While Day is with the Patriots, reunited with Tess and working from the shadows once more, he starts thinking about the differences between his and June’s backgrounds. She belongs in the same world the Elector does, that of the higher class, however June remains loyal to Day above all else. She follows him to the Patriots and no matter what she learns about them and Anden her loyalty remains with Day first.

I wasn’t a fan of where Tess’s character development went in this book. In Legend I enjoyed her dynamic with Day because it reminded me of a sibling bond, in this book however that changes. While I can understand some of Tess’s actions, her being worried about June breaking Day’s heart and worried about the relationship the two of them have, especially when June returns to the heart of the Republic, there was something about the way she acted that irritated me more often than not.

…The Setting

“All it takes is one generation to brainwash a population and convince them that reality doesn’t exist.”

The world this trilogy is set in really expands with Prodigy. In Legend we learnt all about the Republic; the way people like June see them, the way people like Day see them, and all the dirty secrets they try to hide from everyone to remain in control. In Prodigy we come away from the Republic and start seeing the other side of the war, including the people fighting the battle. The Patriots believe in a United America, like they used to have before the floods, and they believe the Colonies are going to achieve that. We see a little of the Colonies in this book and it was interesting comparison to the Republic, the way they worked, and how they remain in control over the civilians without enforcing a military presence. Once again we see very little of the war between the Republic and the Colonies; instead we focus on June and Day’s world as they fight alongside the Patriots inside the Republic.


I started Prodigy back in 2014 and now, finally after three years, I can say I’ve finished it. This is an incredible book; Prodigy really opens up the world and the characters after Legend, telling a much bigger story with more serious consequences for everyone, not just June and Day. It was tense to read but an extraordinary journey as well.

What did you think of Prodigy? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

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32 thoughts on “Prodigy

  1. Glad to hear how much the character development is going well for at least the main characters. Congratulations on getting through this book after having dropped it way back then! It does sound like the series is pretty solid too! 😛 Great review, Beth!

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    1. It really is stand-out in this series, honestly I think the Legend series has some of the best character development I’ve read in a while.
      Thanks Lashaan, yeah I think the wait was definitely worth it when it came to Prodigy. Although I do wish I’d gotten back into it a little sooner. 🙂

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  2. This was definitely one of my favourites of this series, I loved this series altogether, its one of my favourites. I read this entire book on an hours bus journey and every page just begs to be read. When I thought I had to put it down to get off, I was tempted to just stay on the bus until it was finished and then get the bus back to where I needed to get off- however, luckily there was traffic. I never thought I would say those words!

    Definitely one of the best, and I love how detailed and thought out your review is! Thank you, it made me revisit the book even though its been a while since I first read it. Everything feels like I only read it last week.

    So thank you again, I might have to re-read this now because I cant stop thinking about it.

    Helen

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    1. I think my favourite has to be Champion, in my mind it was always going to be good because it was the last in the series but what I read was better than I ever thought it would be. 🙂 Prodigy was still amazing, and oh I’ve done that before but with the train, I get too engrossed in my books and miss my stop because I don’t want to put my Kindle down! 😀
      Thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoyed my review and if it makes you want to revisit the book well all the better. I love re-reading old favourites and it sounds like this series is definitely that for you. 🙂 ❤

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      1. An old favourite is definitely how I see this series, it is up there with Harry Potter! I loved Champion, but I never love the end of a series because it means there are no more 😦 Thank you for taking the time to post this, and for replying to my comment, I love when there is good interaction and engagement on a blog. Feels more real!

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      2. Oh wow that is very high praise then. There are a few series I’ve put up there with Harry Potter and it’s insane how much I love them. 🙂
        No neither do I. It’s so hard to let go of the books and the characters when a series come to its end.
        That’s all right. Thanks for commenting and taking the time to read this post as well. The main reason I blog is for the interaction so it means a lot to me. 🙂 ❤️

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  3. Prodigy was such an amazing sequel to the first. It was action-packed and very focused on character development. Day and June evolved so much in this installment and the world was further expanded. I really enjoy how Marie Lu explains the politics of their world. I agree that Tess’s character development was a bit frustrating. She was kind of clingy. And her attachment to Day got a little awkward. But if I remember correctly, she gets much better in the last book. Can’t wait to see your thought on Champion! 😀

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    1. Oh it really is, there are some books that slow down when they reach the second in the series but Prodigy was not one of them. If anything I think it sped up! 😀
      The world building is really good in this series, I thought it got even better in Champion though, and yes Tess was a lot better in Champion as well. Actually the third book kind of enabled me to understand the way she acts in this book, which I thought was a really nice touch on her character.
      My review should be posted sometime tomorrow, I hope! 😀

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      1. Yes, certainly not this series. Champion was my favorite of the three. I just love the way it ends. All the characters got such an incredible arc and were very well-developed by the end. I’ll check out your review very soon! Taking a small break from blog hopping haha.

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      2. Isn’t it just a fantastic end? I thought it was the perfect way to conclude their story. Bittersweet but with remnants of hope attached. I’ll check out your review today! 😀

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    1. I’ve actually finished Champion, just need to post my review, and oh you’re right there were some parts that really ripped my heart to pieces.
      I think after reading Champion I can see how Tess’s character developed and how her feelings were part of that. Still preferred her and Day’s sibling-like dynamic more though. 🙂

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  4. Prodigy definitely did not disappoint! It was a great book and totally did not have any Sequel Blues haha. I agree that Tess’ development was a little irritating — she seemed very clingy, even though it was just her way of showing her worry for Day. I remember the book ended on SUCH a cliffhanger, gosh, and it was a genius cliffhanger! The whole Eden thing was also so well-written and I really enjoyed (sort of) that. Excited to see your review of Champion! 😀

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    1. I didn’t really expect it to disappoint to be honest. What I remember of Prodigy from when I started it a few years back was amazing, but I was still surprised by how much I enjoyed this book reading it when not suffering from a reading slump! 😀
      Yeah I get she was worried for him, I just kind of wish they hadn’t gone down the route of her being in love with Day. I’d have preferred it if they kept their friendship/almost sibling-like dynamic.
      This was a real cliffhanger oh god I was so excited to get started on Champion after finishing this book.
      I’ve finished my review for Champion now, so hopefully it will be up in the next few days! 😀 ❤

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