Blog Tour: ‘Prodigy’ by Marie Lu Review

Blog Tour: ‘Prodigy’ by Marie Lu Review

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Prodigy’ by Marie Lu ReviewProdigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on January 29th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 371
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours
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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June and Day, both from completely different worlds have come together to take down the Republic and oppose all who stands in their way. Day is searching for his little brother, and June is struggling to find out where she stands in this entire war against the government she has grown up with. Together, they go through enough trials and tribulations to withstand a lifetime.

It’s safe to say I completely forgot what happened in the first book, Legend, but I was happily reminded as I kept reading along. I absolutely loved the fact that Prodigy finally included answers to all my world building answers and I must admit it was a very realistic theory and one that I need to remember for the future. We find out how the Republic was formed and all the other detailed facts that were missing in Legend. The plot was wonderfully developed, a little predictable, but nonetheless an intense read that made you want to keep turning the pages.

As for the character development, BOTH June and Day go through so many heartaches, problems, and teen angst that all you wanted to do was hug them and tell them it would be all right. June, this tough incredible character shows a vulnerable and sensitive side this time around, and I also enjoyed reading how June was dressed like a doll, a certain common thread in dystopians. I remember thinking of other strong characters who matched in strength and grace such as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy, and even Juliette from the Shatter Me novels. And we can’t forget about our handsome and strong hero can we? Day who has rebelled and fought against everything he has ever known is a lot more experienced, but in a way still doubts June as being completely loyal. Their arguments were heated, but also stand true to how different they both are. I LOVE different points of views, and Prodigy nailed it. I have to admit I did NOT see the love square that formed, but what can you do when two main characters are attractive in both looks and personality? I just had to root for Anden because he was such a blessing to read.

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Both characters grow so much. I kind of wished the villain was more present in the plot though.

Incredibly fast pacing, but a little too long.

Nicely done. That emblem is fab, and the spray-painted feel adds more depth to the world building found in the novel. The coloured text was also a beautiful touch.

Woven into the story rather well, but a little predictable.

Overall, highly recommended if you love characters who grow within such a bleak and depressing setting.


Am I here because I love him, or because I owe him? (37)
She is from a different world, but she gave it all up for me. (51)
All it takes is one generation to brainwash a population and convince them that reality doesn’t exist. (125)
I’m going to win your trust too. I want you to have faith in me. I have faith in you. I’ve had faith in you for a very long time. (182)
I stand my ground. I’m tired of running. (343)

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  1. Erika

    April 21, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Thanks for the great review! Really excited to read this series soon.

  2. Penny Yoke

    April 19, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I remembered that I didn’t like Legend because there were so many holes in the world building and the characters just felt very alike. But if Prodigy has good world building, I might try it. Thanks for the review 😀

  3. Alyssa Susanna

    February 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I really, really liked Legend, so I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I haven’t had the chance to yet, but will soon. Great review! I am so glad to see that you enjoyed it 😀

  4. Céline G.

    February 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I can’t wait to read this one! I really loved legend…

  5. Lily

    January 31, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Great Review! I read Legend soo long ago and can’t seem to remember alomst any of it! :$ I’m going to have to go back re-read it before I start this one! I
    m a bit hesitante to start this one though, considering all June and Day have been through.

  6. Jaime Lester

    January 31, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    My day made even better. Thank you so much for the review! I am so very excited about this book. I loved Legend and I was worried that this wouldn’t add up. Seems like it might just add up alrght!

  7. Armando Read

    January 31, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Legend, the first book of this series look like something good.

  8. Leeanna

    January 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I’ve forgotten what happens In Legend too, but it’s good to know I don’t have to remember!

  9. Ashley

    January 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Great review Giselle! I’m a little nervous about that love square, but otherwise I’m really excited to read this book! I’ve forgotten a lot about what happens in Legend, but hopefully I’ll manage to pick up pieces as I go along, like you did. 😛

  10. Janita

    January 30, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    NO! Not a love square!! Sad face. Oh man still crazy excited! Thanks for the awesome review!

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