Review Prodigy by Marie Lu


Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
Synopsis: 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
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.


Rating: 6/5 Stars

Must read! Must have! Must buy! Must fall in
love with! Must be obsessed with!

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
Other books In the series:
Legend                                                   Champion


Recommended for: fans of The
Hunger Games, Divergent, Shatter Me, Cinder
My opinion:
I want to
start by saying that if you loved Legend,
then don’t waste any more time and delve deeper into this fascinating world
with Prodigy! If you didn’t like the
first book, then I suggest giving it another shot with this sequel: it might
actually be better than its previous volume. I read it in one sitting and it
left me breathless with anticipation — I never wanted it to end.
This book
picks up the events where we’ve let our main characters at the end of Legend. They’re on their way to find the
Patriots, a group of rebels, to make sure Tess is safe and then they’ll go
straight to the Colonies. But as you often now, things rarely happen according
to plan. For example, the Elector (the Republic’s leader) dies and the new
leader is his son, Anden. So with the Republic close on their feet, they’re
forced to make a decision to ensure Day’s health: join the Patriots in their
mission to kill the new Elector.
I often
forget how young Day and June are. They’re so capable and independent, aged
before their time with the weight of living on their own. June was an amazing
heroine. I grew up to adore her in Legend, but in Prodigy she just blossoms
under pressure. She’s clever and ambitious, but my heart hurt for her internal
battle: is a good or bad thing to go against the Republic and the system you
were ready to defend at any costs just a little while ago? Well, loyalty can be
a tricky business.
And Day.
Oh, man. I love that boy with such fierceness! He’s so incredibly good. He’s
honest, fair, selfless and kind. And young. He lost so much that my heart aches
for him. Plus, a 15-years old boy shouldn’t be described so breathtaking,
because I get yummy visuals most of the time I think of Day. Couple that with
his charismatic personality, easygoing yet still constantly caring demeanor and
you got yourself a kick-ass boyfriend. Sigh. If only he’d be real.
“The Republic’s most wanted
criminal is just a boy, sitting before me, suddenly vulnerable, laying all his
weaknesses out for me to see.”
There is
also a potential love square, not as powerful as the love between Day and June,
but they both get another love interest that complicates the already growing
tension and that proves to be a challenge quite hard to overcome.
There are
also complex secondary characters. I loved Anden, for example. He was a
pleasant surprise and I’m glad we got a lot more of him. But I disliked Tess
and Thomas, although we learn more about their feelings and motives. And there
is a certain Patriot that has quite the crush on our hero, but he’s funny and
dedicated. Oh, and Kaede was badass as always, but now we finally get to see
some compassion behind her strong facade.

All gods
above, this book was so full of surprises and unexpected twists and turns.
Jaw-dropping information, declarations that can change the side you were
initially on and painful reminders that there are so many victims in this war.
Enemies lurking right in front of you, earning your trust and then BAM! Pieces
of a literary puzzle come into place to reveal a gruesome bigger picture. Day
and June must also face their insecurities about each other, putting their relationship
on the brink of collapse. But they struggle through all their internal and
exterior conflicts with everything they’ve got and that just made me so damn
proud of them. *wipes happy tears*
in this together, right?” he whispers. “You and me? You want to be
here, yeah?” There’s guilt in his questions.
I reply. “I chose this.”
pulls me close enough for our noses to touch. “I love you.”


The world
building is a key element that is explored more thoroughly than in the first
book. We learn meaningful background about how the Republic became this awful
system, about the Trial’s original purpose and about the Colonies’ true face.
Prodigy ended on a hopeful tone, one that promises
good changes in the Republic. But one little and extremely painful revelation
— or HUGE, depending on your
perspective — managed to shatter the relative peace. And I nearly burst into
sobs. Champion (Book 3) better fix
this situation, or I’ll be damn mad at Marie Lu. That last chapter broke my
heart into pieces, stomped on the remains and threw them into a scorching hot
fire. And here I am now, cursing the writing Gods and begging for mercy so that
two great, complex characters I deeply love can find their HEA. I want that
happy end so badly!
Scratch that: I NEED that happy end like oxygen.


“He is beauty, inside and out.

He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.

He is my light.”

I keep
oscillating between being angry for the fact that I started this awesome series
so late and being happy that the final book will be released just in a couple
of months. Nonetheless, I’m just grateful it comes out earlier than planned so
I can dive right in. Yippee!
“See?” she says. “Tricked
you. You’re always staring at your opponents eyes — but that gives you a bad
peripheral view. If you want to track my arms and legs, you have to focus on my

I raise my eyebrow at that. “Say no more.”

Marie Lu
masters her words effortlessly, creating an enthralling story. It’s one of the
best dystopian worlds, no questions asked, and this second book only brings the
universe to an upper level. The alternative POVs are a genius method to unveil
secrets and information and that also gives the reader wonderful insight into
our main characters’ minds. I love that about these books. 🙂
I read Prodigy right after Legend and it certainly continued in the same thrilling, fast-paced
manner. The stakes are higher, the plot keeps you at the edge of your seat and
the writing style is so damn addictive! All these elements and many others make
the second installment of this dystopian series a gorgeous must-read! All in
all, I loved this book and I highly recommend it to every YA literature lover!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ashley Rae says:

    I really enjoyed this series. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Julia says:

      I am reading Warcross at the moment and it’s so good! Marie Lu doesn’t disappoints

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ashley Rae says:

        I have that one on my TBR!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Julia says:

        It’s good. Really good

        Liked by 1 person

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