Prodigy (Legend #2)

Finished on 15th October, 2014

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5 Stars

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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?

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The moment that you realise a sick June is still smarter than you’ll ever be.

Nail-bitingly suspenseful, Prodigy is another genius novel of the dystopian genre.

I absolutely adore how Marie Lu writes romance. Although I’m all for soul mates and instant connections, I find the relationship between June and Day to be strikingly realistic and really sweet. There is a deep understanding and they are each other’s rock. It’s really sad when June and Day just don’t set that and fill themselves with doubts.

That ending – I was torn between bursting into tears, screaming in frustration and throwing the book across the room. Just- I can’t even. There really are no words… Let’s just say that I’m extremely glad that I’ve got the final book at home ready to go.

I loved Tess in Legend but although she was great in Prodigy, I found myself struggling to see past my annoyance at her acclaimed love threatening my ship and pity for her since it would never work out for them. I just could not get past the wrongness of her love for Day, because even though they might make a “great couple” as Kaede said, Day and June are meant to be and anyone who says otherwise will face my wrath. The same goes for Anden – I love him, but… no one gets in the way of my ship. (Do they have a couple name? Jay? Dune? Something way more awesome than that? I would love to know).

I loved Kaede. I didn’t expect to, but I did. Not to mention, she is an amazing pilot. Prodigy reveals more of her backstory and develops her as a character. There is an epic flying scene near the end of the novel where she pulls off some awesome manoeuvres which made me wonder how good she was before her eye injury as she is ridiculously skilled even though her sight was permanently impaired.

“My point is this: The Colonies are better than the Republic in some ways. But believe it or not, the reverse is also true. No such thing as the stupid utopia you’ve been fantasising about, Day. Doesn’t exist.” – Kaede, page 300

The Colonies had been built up to be the perfect society so I was weary when June an Day ventured there – it was all too perfect. However, I did not expect it to be as Kaede showed Day – I think that I’d actually prefer the Republic to stay separate and just change in itself as opposed to the Colonies taking over and “reuniting the United States”.

If you loved Legend and suspense is your cup of tea, I highly recommend picking up this novel. With sweet, relate able romance and a major cliff-hanger ending, Prodigy is a great, thoroughly enjoyable read.

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