Title: Prodigy (Legend, #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pub Date: 01/29/13
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: I thought this book was a perfect companion to Legend. It was much darker, and I think that, for a trilogy, the plot is developing in the perfect direction. It stayed away from common dystopia cliches, the backstory to the divided U.S. is realistic and well though out, and the climax was unexpected and perfectly executed. I also love how all of the characters, without exception, had their loyalties tested in this book. Marie Lu uses first person narration the way every author should use it: the insights into the characters thoughts are useful, and add to the plot.
Memorable or Forgettable: I think one of the best parts of this book is the development of the Republic, the dystopian Western half of the U.S. where Legend takes place, and the Colonies, who they are at war against. As we find out in the book, the Republic's government has become a controlling dictatorship, while the Colonies are totally run by corporations. This is a great social commentary. Also, Day and June are perfect main characters. They both have realistic characteristics, and they intereact in believable ways. I love that we got to see them weakened by doubts in this book, but still be strong enough to overcome these. Overall, I think that the Legend series shines bright in a genre that has recently been overwhelmed with poorly developed worlds and characters.
Cover: The cover is nice. It fits the book, and fits with the cover of Legend. Also, blue font for Day's chapters! Pretty, and easy to read.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
tags: science fiction / dystopia / fantasy / romance / ya lit