Prodigy by: Marie Lu (Legend trilogy book #2)

Summary (via Goodreads): 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?

My Thoughts: This book is what I believe to be the Empire Strikes Back of book sequels. This is what I believe what a book sequel should be. The stakes were high, so many twists and turns.

What I liked about the book is that it both Day and June managed to have great bits of character development  even though they were separated from each other for a majority of the book. June was sent undercover to lead the new Elector Anden, (who we met briefly in the previous book), to be assassinated by a rebel group known as the Patriots who now Day is working for in order to find his brother. The Patriots are lead by a former Commander of the Republic,  Razor. While the Patriots were mentioned briefly in Legend, they play a huge role in this book.

Also a main strength is how some of the minor characters get some development such as Kaede, who in Legend fought June and Tess. I am also glad that this book really strays away from having a love triangle. While there is hints of some connection with Anden and June, it is very downplayed and not the main focus, and her heart always belonged to Day.

I also liked that we were able to explore more of the Colonies, which is the other side of the former United States, and how not so great their side is.

In the end, Prodigy was an excellent sequel to an already great book.

Grade: 5/5


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