Friday, April 26, 2013

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenille
Number of Pages: 371
Format: Hardback
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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.

June, once the Republic's adored prodigy, is now on the run and wanted for treason against the Republic. Their only chance of survival is to find the Patriots and convince them to help them find Day's brother and escape to the Colonies. But having no money is a problem, but the Patriots agree with one condition, they assassinate the new Elector. 

The leader of the Patriots, Razor, is actually a high ranking military officer. He claims that Andan, the new Elector will only enforce his father's ways. By assassinating him will bring about a revolution that the Republic needs and one step closer to bringing the United States as a while once again. Hearing about Andan's infatuation with June, he sends her as bait. But after spending time with him she starts to realize that Andan is nothing like his father. Andan wants to change the Republic and he needs both June and Day's help to win the people over. She knows something isn't adding up and stops the plan even if it means the Patriots will be out for her.

I wished we got more information about the Colonies and even what happened to split the two sides up. But I do love all the references to American history. And it even reminds me a bit of the tv show Revolution. In the first book it seemed there were so many possible love triangles. It really seemed like they might do one with Day, June, and Thomas. This book ruled out a Thomas love triangle, but what we see emerged is more of a love square. And the part that involves June, as much as I love her and Day I wouldn't mind seeing her with the other either. In the first book I didn't mind Tess. I even kind of liked her. Well how the tables turned. In this book I couldn't stand her. I just wanted her to go far far away and stay there.

The one thing I hate about YA is how predictable the books are. Now there were a few twists like who were really funding the Patriots to kill the new Elector. I stared at the page for five minutes to make sure I was reading it right. Even though looking clues were present all a long. We had assumed the Colonies were funding them, but a little half way through I just knew it wasn't the Colonies. Day has to decide to keep his rebellious ways or announce to the whole Republic that he supports the new Elector. And the ending! Oh Day how you break my heart. I saw it coming the whole time.

I often forget that they are only 15 years old. Seems they should be much older than that. And now the wait for the final book begins....

Rating: 4/5


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