Review of Marie Lu's PRODIGY

Because I work at Full Circle Bookstore in OKC and because I met a wonderful YA (young adult) salesperson from Penguin Books there, I've come into many advanced reader's copies of books. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of PRODIGY, the second book in Marie Lu's dystopian series, Legend.

Here's a quick synopsis of PRODIGY, which will come out in January 2013:

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 vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

If you go to Marie Lu's WEBSITE, you can read the first chapter of the book there. If you follow my blog from now until the end of December, you will be entered in a raffle for this advanced reader's copy. But if I don't have twenty followers by then, the raffle will be canceled. So be sure to tell all your friends to stop by!

As for my thoughts on PRODIGY, I just finished reading it this morning, and it left me in tears. Bittersweet, heart-wrenching tears. Marie Lu's writing has improved drastically from her first volume to this one. Her story-telling skills are much better as well.

She tells the story once more from both Day's and June's points of views. And there are several twists in the story that I certainly didn't see coming. The love tangle gets far more tangled, as does the fight for loyalty and the Republic/the Colonies.

I felt Lu developed this futuristic world much more fully in this story. We learn more about the plague, more about the world at large (not just the fragmented United States), and we delve deep into the corrupt governments and those who are trying to fight it.

You will not be disappointed in this second volume. It's a terrifying, exhilerating, thrilling second volume. I can't wait for the third volume to come out. Really, I'm going to go nuts between now and the third one. I hope Lu's writing lots over this holiday season!


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