Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Legend (Book 2)
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 0399256768 (G. P. Putnam/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0399256769 (G. P. Putnam/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Kayla
Jan. 4. 1932 Hours.
Ocean Standard Time
Thirty-Five Days After Metias’s Death
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?
Quick & Dirty: June and Day help the Patriots in their attempt to assassinate the new Elector. June and Day also have to overcome their personal differences in order to be together.
Opening Sentence: Day jolts awake beside me.
Just a side note: since it’s been a long year since Legend has come out, I suggest that you either reread it or look it up on Wikipeida. I would have enjoyed this book more if I had just remembered what happened and all the details in the past book.
June and Day are on the run. Picking up two weeks after they escape Los Angeles and Day’s execution, June and Day arrive at Vegas in search of the Patriots. Then the unexpected happens: the old Elector dies and his son takes his place. Expecting the same brutal personality as the old Elector, the Patriots seize the opportunity, plotting an elaborate scheme to assassinate the new Elector, Anden. And the Patriots need the help of Day and June to spur the citizens into a rebellion. Caught between her loyalty to the Republic and Day’s hatred for the government that holds his brother captive, June must decide if assassinating the Elector will do any good in an already crumbling Republic. Day must decide if he trusts June enough to stop the plot, even if it means leaving Tess behind. With conflicts at every turn and an awful twist that will leave your head spinning, Marie Lu spins yet another amazing story of love, loyalty, and life.
AHHHH!!! My head is still reeling and I finished the book a few days ago. This is another AMAZING book from Marie Lu. The cover itself is amazing with the Patriot’s logo on the front (on Legend it was the Republic’s seal). The book again splits into June and Day’s points of views with the expertise of different voices and apparent differences between the two. Lu’s writing is still remarkable with intense detail from June and street intuition from Day. The beginning, I admit, was slow, but since this is an ARC, it might change. Not a single part of this book was confusing or jumbled, even though it could have easily become so.
Day and June are back and know for sure that they’re the ones for each other… possibly. June still has doubts, but those are due to their different opinions. Really, their relationship is like Triss and Four’s relationship in Insurgent. All of their problems are caused from different opinions and clashing personalities. But that’s about 3/4 of the reason they start to separate. There are also love triangles that are hinted (but I didn’t even think of it until it was apparent — congrats to Lu for surprising me) in Legend, but become even more apparent in Prodigy. Although these love triangles aren’t the breaking point, it’s just another strike against their relationship.
There is one character that stands out from all the rest (besides June and Day) that I really didn’t like in Legend or the beginning of Prodigy, but loved at the end. Kaede is a very annoying and frustrating character, but pops up in the most convenient places. She’s always there when you need her and I deserve a smack on the hand for ignoring/pushing her to the side throughout Legend and Prodigy. But by the end, when I started realizing she doesn’t do it all for the money, I really loved her.
Overall this was a great sequel to the Legend series. And let me tell you, I cannot wait for the next book. It ends in an awful cliffhanger that almost had me throwing the book across the room. But then I decided to reread the ending…and had the same temptation to throw it. And the worst part: Prodigy doesn’t come out until January and that means I have to wait MORE than a year to read the next one… *Sighs*
“The world outside of the Republic isn’t perfect, but freedoms and opportunities do exist out there, and all we need to do is let that light shine into the Republic itself. Our country is on the brink–all it needs now is a hand to tip it over.” He rises halfway off his chair and points at his chest. “We can be that hand. With a revolution, the Republic comes crashing down, and together with the Colonies we can take it and rebuild it into something great. It’ll be the United States again. People will live freely. Day, your little brother will grow up in a better place. That’s worth risking our lives for. That’s worth dying for. Isn’t it?”
I can tell Razor’s words are stirring something in Day, coaxing out a gleam in his eyes that takes me aback with its intensity. “Something worth dying for,” Day repeats.
I should be excited too. But somehow, still, the thought of the Republic crashing down sends a pulse of nausea though me. I don’t know if it’s brainwashing, years of Republic doctrine drilled into my brain. The feeling lingers, though, along with a flood of shame and self-hate.
Everything I am familiar with is gone.
2. Prodigy (January 29, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Penguin Group provided me with a copy of Prodigy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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