Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
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?
MY TAKE:
This was one of those novels that I'm glad I stuck with until the end.

In Prodigy, June and Day have joined up with the Patriots, so they can get help for their injuries and rescue Day's brother. The Patriots condition for helping them is huge, but one the two accept. However, as the plans proceed, it becomes clear that something is wrong and something much bigger is going on.

At first, I got an Insurgent-meets-Mockingjay vibe while I was reading. There were certain scenes and plot twists that reminded me of the books, but the moment was only fleeting, as the circumstances aren't exactly the same. However, this resulted in me being meh through most of the book.

By the last 1/3 of the book, though, I was back to being interested again. There were a few plot twists that I hadn't really expected, and the action started kicking up again. It was certainly a great way to end the book and it certainly had me interested in reading Champion.

Part of my disinterest in the first parts of the book was because of the use of Tess and Anden as additional love interests. I had a feeling that was going to happen eventually, based on what I saw from the first book, but to see it actually happen was definitely not welcome. Anden, honestly, I could stomach for the most part, especially since he wasn't sure that there really was anything going on between June and Day. Tess, however, just rubbed me the wrong way. The fact that all the Patriots seemed to love her just made me dislike her even more. Any girl who knows a guy and a girl have an understanding or relationship or anything similar to that yet still thinks it's okay for her to flirt with the guy and try to steal him away is NOT a cool girl, in my opinion. Had the ending been different and in favor of Tess, I would have given this book three stars instead, for sure.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are some unexpected plot twists.
  2. June and Day seem very realistic.
  3. The world feels crazy yet also believable. 

THE BAD:

  1.  The additional love interests may be necessary to the story, but it doesn't feel pleasant.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
“All it takes is one generation to brainwash a population and convince them that reality doesn't exist." 
READ IT IF:

  1. You liked Legend.
  2. You like Divergent.
  3. You like novels with unexpected twists. 

RATING:
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