'Prodigy' (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
"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?"
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES. To read my review of ‘Legend’ click HERE
‘Prodigy’ my Marie Lu is the second book in the young adult dystopian ‘Legend’ trilogy. This review contains spoilers for the first book in this series.
At the end of the previous book the Patriots helped June, a Republic soldier who found out some rather unpleasant things about her government, and Day, a boy from the slums who fights the Republic on his own, escape from Day’s execution. We next see these two characters on board a train, hitching a ride to Las Vegas where they hope to meet up with the leader of the Patriots to ask for help.
Day is seriously injured with an infected gun wound in his leg and won’t last much longer without surgery. When they arrive in the city they find out that the Elector Primo has died and his twenty-year-old son, Anden, has taken his place. Finding the Patriots in the militarised city isn’t too difficult, but in return for fixing Day’s leg and helping Day’s brother, Eden, escape they ask a rather large favour. June and Day must pledge their allegiance to the Patriots and help assassinate the new Elector.
But while June is undercover, trying to win his trust, she discovers that Anden has very different views on how to run the Republic than his father, and maybe keeping him in power might be for the best.
This was a fantastic follow up to the first book. I fell in love with this dystopian world in ‘Legend’ and I thought that ‘Prodigy’ brought the story forward really well. The writing was brilliant and the story very fast-paced.
I really enjoyed June and Day’s character development. June’s struggle with giving up her entire world for a boy she has only just met felt very realistic and Day’s passion for protecting what’s left of his family felt way more intense in this book.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the story concludes and can’t wait to begin book three!
I would give this book 5 stars :)
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