Book Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Prodigy, the much-anticipated sequel to Marie Lu’s blockbuster debut novel Legend, is an exhilarating and worthy follow-up to one of the finest new dystopian novels to grace the YA shelves.

prodigyJune 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.

The Dickensian qualities that set Legend apart from other dystopian YA novels continues to pervade the percolating revolution at the heart of Prodigy. Lu does not drop the ball in her trilogy’s “middle book” — often the most difficult book for readers to accept in a three-book arc. Throughout the entire novel, Lu maintains a high level of action and tension between her characters without resorting to any sort of gimmicks. Every twist and turn feels natural to the story, while still keeping readers on the edge of their seats. 

Likewise, Lu continues the world-building established in Legend, and expands upon her dystopian universe to give both readers and the characters a new perspective on the challenges facing them. As fast-paced and electric as the first book, Prodigy is a brilliant expansion and continuation of Lu’s epic story and sets the stage perfectly for what will surely be an incredible finale.

Prodigy is in stores on January 29th.

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