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Book Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie Lu


Synopsis: Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Publication Date: January 29th, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Series: Legend #2

Rating: Image result for 4 out of 5 stars

Links: Goodreads/Amazon


My Review:

Contains spoilers for Legend (be warned that the review might be cringe). 

“He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.”

I’m taking a part of the Legend Readathon before Rebel comes out, and yes that does mean I need to review book 3 soon, but hopefully next week before Rebel comes out, and once I get it from the library.  I first read this series back in 8th grade towards the end of the year, but I had problems going on that I couldn’t finish the series and write reviews for it, so I’m pretty excited to see where Champion and Rebel brings me.

This is my second time reading this book, and I honestly liked it a lot more than the first time which is saying something impressive, and all my thoughts are just from recently. Lu has been one of my favorite authors, and this series was something that I know appreciate more rereading than the first time around. There was a lot of things I missed the first time around that I notice this time around so it’s fun seeing what I’ve missed and whatnot.


After the shocking events of Legend with Day’s older brother, John, now dead. With Day now escaping for his life after faking his death with June in toll leaving little to no choices to go, they turn to the Patriots-a group determined to change the Republic nation, and wanting the new Elector dead. 

I found the politics very interesting in this book especially since there is a lot of things going in this book and the politics involved, were actually well done and I appreciate it. The Patriots had a lot of scheming going on that side with June, Day and Tess on their side now with one primary mission that June would murder the new Elector, which was interesting. 

I really liked it, and how much the scheming involved with how it played with the characters and the aftereffects of things was well-done and I complaint the author for doing that. The characters actions can affect another person which was interesting to say.


Can I say how much I adore the characters. They are so precious especially seeing of young they are with Tess being thirteen, Day and June, both being fifteen, it’s impressive. It’s hard to find characters who are fifteen trying to overthrow their corrupt government.

I wish the characters were a little more three-dimensional though, but they’re still amazing.

Tess: Somehow, I really liked seeing this side of Tess a little bit this time around, than the first time. Tess is showing her jealously side towards Day and June being together, but it’s completely reasonable. It’s obvious that she cares a lot for Day, and wants what best for him. She has a past (who doesn’t), but she is such an amazing character that I hope that she forgives Day and is present more in Champion.

Day: I really liked Day. He’s a complicated character who is crippled, and wants whats best for what’s left of his family after his mom and his brother, John, is murdered by the Republic and now Edan is the only family he has left. I like how much he just wants his brother and live a quiet life without being a fugitive.

June: June is obviously the prodigy who used to work for the Republic and is now loyal to Day’s cause after finding out her brother’s murder is. I loved how much she gladly played the spy in helping killing the new Elector and how much she was. At times, I was so confused whether she was faking it or not, but I’m not spoiling it.


This book is much more slower paced than Legend was, and I found it refreshing. It left the plot being less than a perfect pace, but it brought things out a lot more. Devoloping the characters a little bit more and adding the conflicting sides of the Patriots and the new leader with dealing with the Republic.

I adored Lu’s writing in this one. She is growing, and it is quite obvious. She does have some issues with her writing, but it wasn’t as bad as Legend was.

This book was a lot better than Legend was, but it still does show that Lu is learning with her writing. I love how amazing the characters were and how much they’re getting a little more three-dimensional and the growing conflicts of both the Republic and the Patriots. 

TW: Attempted Assassination, Terminal Illness (at the end), death

Recommendable: Yes


About the Author:

Marie Lu

Bio: [Note: Many apologies, but I’m woefully bad at checking my Goodreads emails! If you’d like to send a note/msg, please catch me on Twitter: . Thanks!]

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.


Have you read this series? Did you like this book? What are your thoughts on it? Tell me in the comments!

About the Blogger:


Hey everyone! I’m Lori and I have been ranting about books for a while, so I decided to make a blog. I’m a teen blogger in high school who has no life so she just reads books, and rants about her problems on her blog and to her cat. I’m a feminist, LGBTQ+ person, and someone who supports anything diverse.

You can find me on: Twitter and Goodreads



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