I’m afraid I might spoil this entire book. However, I want to talk about Prodigy by Marie Lu. I’m absolutely gobsmacked by this book, so much so that I’m going to rely upon the synopsis on Goodreads to explain the plot. I seriously think I would just gush and give it away.
“Jan. 4. 1932 Hours.
Ocean Standard Time
Thirty-Five Days After Metias’s Death
June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.
It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.
But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?”
To be completely honest I thought I was going to dislike this book halfway through. I told a friend I felt that the pacing wasn’t as good as Legend and that this book needed to be cut down by forty pages. However, at the end of the book I can see what Lu was trying to do. And it’s completely brilliant. Completely. Brilliant.
Ultimately what I love about these books are the main characters June and Day. Both are completely wonderful to follow about in this set of circumstances. I was really surprised to see two things develop with the characters in this book. One was Day’s sense of uncertainty about himself and his situations. The other was June’s obsessive compulsive coping mechanisms. I understood that she was detail oriented in the first book. However, in Prodigy Marie Lu really gets this across in a couple of neat ways.
The one spoilery thing I would like to talk about is this – there’s a scene in the book where Day and June square off against each other… like, full out screaming in each other’s faces kind of squaring off… and it’s perfect. Utterly. I think that scene between them was necessary because it really fleshes them out and makes them real. So many Young Adult books with a romance between the two principles ends up being lackluster because neither of them seem real to me – Usually the man seems overbearing and the woman doesn’t have a spine. I loved the relationship dynamics that Lu invents for these two characters, that she gives them real tension to deal with that is more concrete than “But is he/she really in love with me? Really?”. June and Day face it all, the insurmountable and beyond. And I still don’t know where there relationship is going… and I like that.
I’m so excited for book 3, which I am calling the title for now while I can. Princeps. We’ll see if I am right in a year.
5 out of 5 stars.
* Prodigy releases January 29, 2013. Please do not ask to borrow my ARC.