Prodigy by Marie Lu, was, in my opinion, not as fantastic as Legend. I often feel this way about sequels, and I’m not really sure why. I was still completely in love with the characters, but the plot overall just wasn’t as fascinating as Book 1.
That said, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and eagerly anticipate the publication of Book 3, which will complete the trilogy.
Like many other dystopian novels I’ve read, the plot of the book was centered around the corrupt government, which has taken away many freedoms of the citizens. The government, called the “Republic,” appears to be almighty but is actually crumbling. Which begs the question, what must take its place?
Prodigy is about June and Day’s mission to take down the Republic by assassinating the new Elector. Anden, son of the late Elector, is not what they’d imagined him to be. Anden wants change just as much as they do, and June and Day begin to wonder whether they’re doing the right thing.
While I was caught up by the action and read the book in a matter of days, I believe I missed much of the June/Day dynamic from Book 1. The book ends with a major cliffhanger (of course) which nearly brought tears to my eyes…
Although I wasn’t as pleased with Prodigy as I was with Legend, I would still recommend this book to dystopian fans. June and Day are unique characters in a unique world.