by Marie Lu
Published January 29th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Plotwise, Prodigy is certainly a much better book compared to Legend. And since it started right after the events of the first book, we get a lot of character developments from both June and Day. Although the action feels a bit rushed out, I'm really enjoying the pace and tone of the second book much more compared to the first one.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that for most of the book, June and Day are apart and we finally get to see how strong their relationships are when they are tested like that. It is interesting to see how the two of them cope with all the pressures and expectations of two opposing factions. Trust issues are at the forefront when it seemed as if June has returned to her Republic roots while Day is still struggling to decide where his loyalties are.
The introduction of several new characters adds an intriguing element to the book and I found myself liking the bad-ass rebel pilot Kaede much more than June in some point. The appearance of Anden who is immediately smitten by June and Day's long lost friend; Tess also added more conflict to the relationship between those two. We also get a glimpse of the Colonies which consists of states outside the Republic and get a deeper understanding of what's actually going on. However, I really wished that June would be a little less perfect sometimes. She sounds too good to be true. Too strong, too smart and sounds more like a robotic soldier in some situations. It would be nicer if she would lighten up a little and show a more feminine or soft side.
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Verdict: 5 stars.
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