Thursday, February 20, 2014
Read This: Prodigy
by Marie Lu
The Goodreads Summary Says:
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?
Gah! this book. I really, really enjoyed Prodigy. I thought the pacing was great, and there was a nice balance of action and intrigue. I loved the characters, and how distinct the two points of view were. Day and June spend most of the book separated from each other, trying to figure out who to trust and what the best thing to do is. I loved to watch them struggle and reason and play different roles. Not everything in the plot is unique (a lot of elements reminded me of Mockingjay or Ally Condie's Reached), and occasionally it was hard to believe June or Day would be as influential as they are in the story. But those were easy to overlook because I was so invested in the story.
I usually hate a love triangle (and there's no triangle here), but I loved what Lu did with the romance aspect. While June and Day are apart, they each interact with other characters who might technically be better matches for them. I loved (and hated) seeing June and Day each think seriously about if their relationship really was best for themselves and the other person. I like when characters have options. Although, of course, I want June and Day together.
And then the ending! I'm happy I had Champion sitting right on the shelf to pick up. I couldn't imagine having to wait a year after finishing Prodigy.
The Big Three:
Language: one or two swear words
Sex and Stuff: some making out
Violence: shooting and fist fighting and a few deaths, but nothing explicit