Marie Lu’s dystopian YA series goes from strength to strength in this sequel. This review obviously contains some spoilers for Legend, the first in the series so please bear that in mind.
Day and June are on the run after June helped Day escape his own execution. Headed for Vegas and the mysterious Patriot rebels, on arrival they are shocked to learn the Elector Primo has died and Anden, his son, has taken his place. In the wake of mounting tension and unrest in the Republic, their roles in the rebellion are revealed, they must assassinate Anden.
As June is thrown back into the world she escaped from, she is forced to question whether Anden is as bad as she is told, or if he could offer something better – a new beginning for the society.
Dystopian YA can be hit-or-miss, however Lu constructs the world Day and June live in skilfully. There is a chapter where the two are in a new setting that I found chilling, even more so than the society they had previously been in and while I’m trying not to spoil Prodigy for those who will want to read it, I have to mention this chapter as it was one of the most surprising and effective for me.
I love that Lu has created such a feisty heroine in June. She’s strong, respected and intelligent too. Her musings on right and wrong and what is best for the world she is in are well explored and realistic. She doesn’t just accept what she is told and searches for the truth.
Overall, Prodigy was a brilliant second book that managed to steer clear of second book syndrome. Lu develops her world, characters and motivations much more deeply and I, in fact, preferred it to Legend. A highly enjoyable, action-packed and thrilling read I’m sure fans of dystopian fiction will just devour. Bring on book three!
I received a free review copy from Penguin UK for my honest review. Prodigy is available to buy now.