Friday, February 8, 2013
Prodigy by Marie Lu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This action-packed sequel comes at you with not only a thrilling, stumbling romance set in an intense and foreboding future America, but also questions about the differences between right and wrong, oppressors and the oppressed.This book--even more so than the first one--brings it. If you were ever lukewarm about Legend, well then, I bet Prodigy will change your mind about this series!
Oh, June & Day. Good distinction between the two voices. We really went deeper into the characters this time. June stayed true to her militaristic self, sharp and logical, and so she understandingly bumbles around in her relationship with Day, who also struggles in the communication department. Not to worry though! There are plenty of sparks between them. And other characters. What?! Let's call this a love square. And I'm on team Anden, who blazes into this book along with a more fully developed cast of secondary characters, including the lovely, grown-up Tess and perceptive, I'm-in-it-for-me Kaede. Cheers for Kaede!
Lu doesn't hold back when she dishes out further context of this futuristic (more or less united) States of America. The wider perspective and placement of their world post-climate change was realistic, startling, and well done. Definitely a little foreboding, as well . . .
Prodigy wasn't afraid to ask questions this time--questions that maybe the reader was having all along. Like, was it really ok for June to do all that stuff to Day's family, and he still likes her? Hmm. Who/what is right/wrong? I love that this book questions right and wrong things about the characters, the Republic and the Colonies, and loyalty. It didn't miss on talking about class differences either--there is definite tension between the haves and the have-nots in this book.
And wow. Great ending. Enough closure but also enough that I am imagining all sorts of thrilling endings for the next one, which I can't wait for.