Review: Prodigy

Prodigy by Marie Lu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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?

As much as Legend lacked in world-building, Prodigy made up it. June and Day, both are on the run, and their pain is nowhere close to decreasing. Day is still haunted by his family’s deaths and June is still having mixed feelings about the Republic, more so now that the Elector has changed to Anden. Anden seems sincere and wants to make changes to the Republic, but the Patriots want him out of power in any case. But as they go about their separate missions, there is a lot of things that don’t add up. And the things that don’t add up and the things that they encounter start wedging between them, and even though you know that they are the OTP, it all seems so hopeless between them too, especially at the ending. Still, I believe that love will prevail, and June won’t let of Day. Characters are written so well by Lu, and she makes them the major focus of the story development. Repeatedly, it is quite shocking that we are talking about 15 year olds being asked to assassinate people or become faces of revolution. It hurts on a Hunger Games level to think about how messed up the militarial state of the Republic is.

For a dystopian, the plot does rely on romance subtly. Major driver for the plot, though, is the political maneuvers that are being played. We also get the canon history, and that was a plus, because then the world makes so much sense. I was beginning to wonder why all dystopians take place only in the US of A, but this one explains it at least. I still hope to see the rest of the world also to have some role in the next, which is also the finale. Sadly, I don’t have the book yet and since I want to complete this hardback collection, I will have to wait.

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