Review: Prodigy – Marie Lu

Review: Prodigy – Marie LuProdigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Speak
Published: April 8, 2014
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three-half-stars

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 to the New York Times bestseller Legend, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action. 


Right away I will admit to not liking this as much as Legend at all. I found the middle to drag and the end was super sad but you could see coming from a mile away. But I also understood the purpose of this book. To me, Prodigy did what most first books do and set up the series.  In my mind, Prodigy was there to set up the final chapter, the last book in the series, Champion, and that made it understandable why I found parts slow and draggy.

Prodigy picks up right where Legend ended. June and Day are on the run and are heading to Vegas to see the Patriots. Not really sure what they are up against or what the Patriots will do for them, they head in blindly and are faced with a request. For the Patriots to help them they must do one thing, they must kill the Elector Primo. Only things are different because the Elector dies and his son takes over. Faced with a decision June agrees to go to the new Elector undercover and starts to question everything as the new Elector proves to show he is nothing like his father. Now in a race against time and with the truth bubbling to the surface June and Day must make a choice and it is a choice that could leave one or both of the heartbroken.

I really don’t know what it was about this book, but it just didn’t wow me. Like I said, I think I got the point of it, but I still feel like something was missing. Was it a nice addition to Legend, sure. But I also think it could have been condensed and mad part of Legend. I don’t feel like it was enough to be a book on its own and it didn’t really make me pine for Champion like I thought it would.  Maybe it was the lack of Day and June togetherness/interaction or the addition of the Patriots who I found annoying or the fact that I just didn’t like where it went, but it just didn’t feel right. June didn’t seem like June and Day seemed less Day like. I hated the Tess parts and the plot itself reminded me of other dystopian books I have read in the past.

With that said, Lu’s writing was still amazing and one of the parts I really loved about the book. I also liked the end even though I saw it coming. It still left me with a feeling of what will happen next so that was a plus to the experience. All in all, I didn’t get the great book feels that others have seemed to get. It may have just been me and the fact I was traveling and reading or I just wasn’t into it. Either way, I’m still going to read Champion like I planned and find out how this series is going to end. I would say to read it for yourself and you decide what you think.

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