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, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action – Goodreads
Alright, so while I think I preferred Legend to this one, Prodigy wasn’t lacking in any way. Marie Lu easily allowed me to slip back into June and Day’s world and, wow, it was such a journey with them as they had to make difficult decisions and reaffirm their trust for one another.
June and Day are apart for most of the book, but it didn’t really feel that way to me because they have such a strong presence in each other’s lives that they always think about the other in a team mentality (and as more, too, of course). Their separate journeys are meant to lead to the common goal of assassinating the new Elector, Anden, but they couldn’t be more different. While June finds herself in the familiarity of the Republic, Day learns more about the ins and outs of the Patriots and their rebel operations.
Marie Lu continued to effortlessly switch between Day and June’s POVs and did a great job keeping me invested in both characters. While I’m usually so against POV changes, it actually works well for this series. In Prodigy, the narration switch moved the story forward and added urgency because they were both experiencing very different situations. Not only were the political aspects a contrast to each other, but it allowed me to be privy to what the other character wasn’t which, in turn, had me going “!!!!!!!” inside.
The romantic developments in Prodigy are…interesting. As mentioned, Day and June spend a lot of the book separated, but their scenes together had me loving them all over again. However, they did have other people step into the picture. I won’t get into specific spoilers, but I will say this: I could understand the romantic interest that June had, but Day’s? Ehhh, not into it and seemed to come out of nowhere for me.
Overall, Prodigy is a must-read and the ending had me going, “WOAHHH.” I fear Marie Lu will break my heart in the final installment of the series, but I’m sure I’ll love every word of it.
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