Written by Marie Lu
Read by Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
Series: Legend #2
Published by Penguin Audio
Publication Date: 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Length: 10 hrs 10 min
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Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge
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?
Prodigy, the second book in the Legend series, picks up right after the first one, Legend ends – with both June and Day on the run from the Republic. They make their way to Las Vegas, where the Patriots (the rebel group out to overthrow the Republic) are supposed to be based. With Day injured, barely able to escape his execution, they meet up with the leader of the Patriots, and also meet up with Tess and Kaylee! At the same time, the Elector Primo dies and his young son (very young son) takes over as the current Elector Primo.
Day and June have no choice but to ally themselves with the Patriots despite their misgivings – they still have to save Day’s brother Eden. On a mission to assassinate Andon, the young Elector Primo, June faces a difficult decision that she has to live with. As she becomes closer to Andon, she also questions her feelings towards him. Because of this, I thought it was going to be another love triangle, but thankfully it did not turn out that way.
Prodigy is a little bit fast paced than Legend and being the second book, there is a lot more of explanations about the current state of the world. We also get a feel of the current insurgency brewing in the background and we are also starting to find out who are REAL villains of the story.
As much as I wanted to love this book, I still found a few things that confused me. I still can’t understand how Day became a public hero when he hadn’t really been doing a lot of things to fight for the people. I admit that he did act like a modern day Robin Hood, I thought it still wasn’t enough for him to be called a hero. Moreover, I still could not understand how he could sway a whole country by his minute actions alone.
June was another story. I still loved her in this book and I loved how she refused to believe what other people are telling her. I liked that she still followed her gut despite going against everything she believed in – and going against Day.
June and Day’s relationship becomes rockier, this time, around. I actually loved that Day started to question his feelings for June. I mean, she was the reason why his family was dead, in the first place so I thought that was understandable. June, despite not admitting her true feelings to Day, did not act like what love-struck teenage girls normally do, she still stood her ground despite knowing that her decisions may cause her relationship with Day to be over. Again, this was very refreshing.
The explosive end was pretty much predictable, I think. The revelations were a little bit surprising, although I should have seen it coming but whatever.
Prodigy is definitely a must read book (or a MUST listen since the narration was awesome!)
THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIO
Narrators: Mariel Stern & Steven Kaplan
I love the refreshing way the alternate voices made me feel. By having the chapters alternate between characters and having two narrators (male and female) narrate the appropriate parts, it helped add a certain excitement to the story. Yup, it wasn’t boring AT ALL and made the story move/slow a little bit faster.