Sunday, 23 June 2013

Prodigy (Legend book #2) by Marie Lu

Title: Prodigy
                                                     Author: Marie Lu
                                                     Published: January 29th 2013, by Penguin
                                                      Series:Legend book #2
                                                      Genre:YA, dystopian
                                                      Stars: 4.5/5 stars   

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.

Heyyyyy bookfreaks! It's been a very long time! But fear not, I am back to blogging! I hope everyone's been well! Anyway, on to the post that you actually want to read about!

I found this book amazing! Just truly amazing. 

My thoughts about the character has not changed much from the first book (see Legend review here) only just I fell a little bit more in love with Day as the book progressed. He has certainly had a difficult life but I love the hope he still hangs at trying to find his little brother, the only part of his former life. You desperately route for him the whole way! And what makes him even more special is that he still sees the funny side to life. Yes he has lost everything and yes there are times when he is at his lowest (I literally just wanted to reach inside the book and hug him!) but he still manages to keep his charisma which is one of the things that makes him lovable to the readers (I hope) and and one of the things that keeps Day himself going.

The other thing is June. Again I totally loved this character, even more so in this book. We get to see the more vulnerable side to June where she lets her guard down on numerous times. We feel her anguish at losing her brother, her guilt at causing Day pain and her longing for his embrace whilst also longing to go back to her former life. Ahhh, I just enjoyed reading her. However, whilst June has let go of numerous walls that were previously seen in book 1, she still can't manage to sum up her feelings for Day and what she actually feels for him.

In terms of relationships, wellllll I knew there was going to be a love square between Day and June, Day and Tess and June and Anden. 

Day thinks of Tess more as a sister he never had. But there are some parts of the book where he sees her in other light. Tess is totally in love with him and is jealous of how Day sees June. There are numerous times where she reminds Day that June is the cause of his pain. This relationship is not going to move anyway from one of friendship. Yes both have shared precious moments together trying to survive in the slums, but Day just doesn't see her in that way as he does with June (although Tess is right to say Day can't be in love with someone who he has only known for about 2 months....I think and that both are from different parts of the world). 

Anden  and June....ahhhh, man this is another relationship that I love. It's different from what June has with Day. Whilst with Day, its never easy, a constant rollercoaster, with Anden June feels like he can be herself without feeling guilty. They share similar interests and have a similar background. We can tell that June's feelings still lie with Day but she still feels something for Anden....something mystical.

This book has a lot of action, twists and drama and I loved every minute of it. The plot flowed from chapter to another and the ending was just as shocking. Man, does Day have it tough (that's all I'm saying).

What I loved reading about was the introduction of the Colonies. Like Day, you also felt slightly disappointed that the Colonies wasn't this glorious, magical and peaceful place where residents have it easy. It was just like the Republic, only it has certain celebrations that the Republic did not. Such as birthdays and Christmas ( I know!! Both Day and June hadn't heard of such things before!).

I also like learning about the geography of the whole world and where country was at. For example I liked how Marie made Africa one of the richest and progressive countries in the world. 

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and its a must for all you YA dystopian fans!

Notable quote/passage:
“He pauses when he finishes undoing the last button, then closes his eyes. I can see the pain slashed across his face, and the sight tears at me. The Republic's most wanted criminal is just a boy, sitting before me, suddenly vulnerable, laying all his weaknesses out for me to see.” 

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