Prodigy by Marie Lu
"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 vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?"- summary from publisher
Oh my goodness, I cannot tell you how much I loved this book (and by the way, this seems to be Gushing Review Week because on Friday, I'll be gushing about The Archived too). I really enjoyed Legend and was looking forward to Prodigy for SO LONG. I did get a signed copy at BEA, but wanted to wait until the release date to read because a) it's better to review closer to release date and b) I had tons of other stuff to read in the meantime.
But anyway, I FLEW through this book. Like, seriously, I read the last 200 pages in one sitting. Lu writes such a compelling story and I love reading from both Day and June's perspectives. It really helps me understand them more, and Lu does a great job making the voices distinct.
Action scenes are done so well and the book is full of them. There's a bunch of crazy reveals, and it's just amazing. I can't even put into words what made this book so wonderful. I'm just having so much trouble. It's so good. There is a bit of a sad ending that I hope will be reversed in the final book.
Overall, if you haven't started this series, go get it now! It's absolutely fantastic.
PRODIGY Excerpt: Unlike Los Angeles, Vegas runs the national pledge five times a day – all the JumboTrons will pause in whatever ads or news they’re showing, replace them with enormous images of Elector Primo, and then play the following on the city’s speaker systems: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the great Republic of America, to our Elector Primo, to our glorious states, to unity against the Colonies, to our impending victory!
Not long ago, I used to recite that pledge every morning and afternoon with the same enthusiasm as anyone else, determined to keep the east coast Colonies from taking control of our precious west coast land. – June, page 11
Marie’s thoughts: For June to betray her Republic, the country she was raised to stay loyal to at all costs, was to throw away everything she ever knew. This was a huge mental step for her in Legend, and the consequence is that in Prodigy, she must deal with lingering feelings of doubt and self-loathing. On the one hand, she’s been brainwashed for years to love the Republic; on the other, she knows they are responsible for her family’s deaths. Even logic has a hard time shaking off such deeply rooted subliminal messages.
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