Saturday, April 06, 2013

REVIEW: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie Lu


   Day and June arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens; the Elector Primo dies, and his son Andan 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 a passage to the Colonies. They have only one request -- June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.
   It's their chance to change the nations, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. 
   But June realize this Elector is nothing like his father, she's haunted by the choice ahead. What if Andan is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than lost and vengeance, anger and blood -- what if the Patriot are wrong?

My Review:

   I give 4.5 stars out of 5 for this book. 
To be honest, I loved the first book more than this one. I know, a lot of people are saying this one is better, but this is my thoughts. 

The storyline in this book was just amazing (as usual)! June (ooh my name!) and Day arrive in Vegas to find Tess (who I will talk about more later) and joined a Patriot rebels group just as the news comes in that the Elector Primo is dead. Now Andan, the Elector's son, takes his place. With the two most powerful people in their group, the Patriot wants June and Day to assassinate Andan in exchange to help Day find his brother, Eden.

WARNING: There are spoilers!!

There is a love-something (it's not even a shape!!) in this book. That means that June and Day has a lot of 'love' obstacles to go over. You should know that I'm not a huge fan of love-triangles (or and love that has more than two people) so that was why I didn't love this book as much as the first one.

The characters in here was amazing, especially June. June is a brave young woman who would fight for those she loves and she doesn't trusts people straight away. I find that very inspirational because she doesn't go "ooh look at her, she looks like she's telling the truth, lets trust her". June needs either a very good explanation or evidence to trust someone, and that is very smart, unlike Day.

Hum.....Day......For me, Day was quite an disappointing character in this book actually. Well, one: He doesn't fight. I mean, he always runs away and let people do all the work for him. What he does the most is ... talk. Yes, I know he isn't the best at fighting hand-to-hand combat or shooting people like June, but please, at least TRY! And two: he needs to keep his guts together. I mean, at the beginning of the book, he's with June, but he doesn't show it. And then he lets Tess do all of the talking and shouting about how June is going to bre.......BLAH BLAH BLAH (I'm not revealing any more, but URGH! HOW I HATE TESS!) 

And there's Andan. Like I said, I'm not a big fan of love-triangles, especially the third person that comes in. So I didn't like Andan that much. But to be honest, he is actually a guy that I would grow to like if I hadn't set my eyes on Day (yes, I'm still crushing on him *swoon*). He is kind and caring. But the thing that puts me off the most is that, he's too ... formal. The way he speaks is too formal.

I have to admit that the first book 'Legend' was much better than this one. Even though in this book, we get to know more about the country and not just the characters, I still enjoyed the first book more. The main line in this book was basically about the country and the Republic, and the romance was at the side (basically like a dish). 'Legend' was more about crimes and murder, so both books has its different advantages and disadvantages. 

Overall, I loved the book! The storyline was amazing and so were the creation and development of the characters. You should know that I'm a big sucker for romance, so that was why I gave this 4.5 instead of 5. 

And because I wanted to know what would happen between Day and June, I made the mistake of reading the last two pages while I was still reading the book. So that kind of put me off. SO PLEASE! Don't skip to the last page because you will get mad and probably stop reading, BUT if you stop reading, you wouldn't love it like I do. And because you wouldn't understand why either, so PLEASE DO NOT SKIP TO THE LAST PAGE!! 

About The Author 

Marie Lu 
I write young adults novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home talk to myself a lot. 
I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently living in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

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