Review | Prodigy by Marie Lu

Day is literally Edward Elric.

*proceed to squealing at totally unnecessary FMA reference*

43. Prodigy

Summary

Day and June, now fugitives of the Republic, seek safety with the Partriots, a rebel group intent on recreating the once great United States. With their help, Day’s wounds can be mended, Eden could be found, and they could escape to the other side of the warfront to the Colonies.

But the Patriots aren’t a charity. To get what they want, Day and June must help assassinate the new Elector Primo. Day is ready to destroy the government that ruined his life, but as the planned assination date draws near  June learns that the new Elector is not like his father.

Plot

This plot is amazing. I love the fact that you never know who to trust. You never know what is the right move. And that’s exciting to read.

The plot is also very well balanced: a perfect mix of action, drama, and romance.

My one issue is the ending. It was cliche, it was uncalled for, and despite having a feasible cause, it felt like it came out of nowhere. The relationship had enough problems without this…medical issue. 

Characters

I don’t like seeing her this delicate.
– Day talking about June, Prodigy

One of my favourite things about this book (and trust me, there are many) is the character development. Day and June and their relationship are so key to this series, and they really shine in this book. I like their struggles with trust and loyalty, and how they stay true to themselves.

It’s because of this that their relationship is constantly on the rocks, but the way that they try to be better for each other is such a great thing to read about. It shows that they really do care—something I really didn’t get from the first book.

My one complaint is Tess. Oh my gosh that character development really came out of no where. I mean, it makes sense, but at the same time, it really doesn’t.

Oh, and can we talk about Kaede for minute? Badass supreme? Because that is what she is. A badass supreme.

Writing

As with the last book, Marie Lu’s writing is on point. My favourite aspect is still her world building—the Colonies are just so well conceptualized. I love the idea of a commercially based society.

I also like how Marie Lu really grasps the voices of her characters. Day and June undergo very similar emotions: thinking they aren’t good enough for one another, afraid of who to trust, having their ideals pulled from under their feet. And yet, their voices are so distinct.

Themes

Dystopian novels are meant to do one thing: pick a fault with society and then enlarge it until you can’t help but rebel.

Prodigy changes this by knowing that change needs to happen—but rebellion is not the answer. Reconstruction, not deconstruction. And that is so important.

We see these dystopian books and think, Oh, they’re going to bring down the government. Yawn. 

Prodigy takes the chance to say, “We are going to change the government. And change it the right way.” It’s as Metias said,

If you’re going to rebel, rebel from the inside.

Final Verdict

Recommendation: Buy. Prodigy takes the familiar set up from Legend and turns it on its head. It is definitely worth owning a copy.

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