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?
In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.
AVG Goodreads Rating: 4.43 out of 5
DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK, LEGEND.
When you first take off the dust cover of Prodigy, the hardcover is this happy, bright blue.
It’s almost as if they’re trying to mask the fact that tHIS BOOK IS ACTUALLY A BIG PIECE OF HEARTBREAK AND PAIN
Do not believe for a second that Marie Lu will slack off on the amount of sadness in this book.
So it picks up right where it left off in the last book, which I really liked. I love books that pick up right where the last one in the series left off.
I loved this book, but there are two things that I like specifically:
1) The plot
The plot was absolutely amazing. I really can’t imagine how Marie Lu pieced the amazing plot for this book. Everything was just so carefully planned.
2) The characters
A lot of people say that there was subtle and very little character development in this book with June and Day, but I think their inner conflicts in this book helped them grow a lot as a character.
The ending didn’t rattle me as hard as it did to other people. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not as attached to the characters anymore because I haven’t read the first book in a long time, or if I’m just kind of used to that sort of thing happening.
There’s not really much to say without spoiling anything, so I’ll get right onto the character discussions.
Day: I remember loving him as a character, and I still do, but my obsession with him has long since died down. He’s still the smooth-talking, funny, and cocky guy, but in this book you get to see a little more to his character. He got kind of moody in this book too, especially around June, but I can kind of understand why with all the confusing insanity happening all around him.
One of my favorite parts with Day is when this happens:
Kaede: “Too bad I got stuck with such an ugly sidekick.”
Day: “Too bad I got stuck with such a liar.”
AND WHEN DAY SAID “DARLING”, WAS I THE ONLY ONE WHO THOUGHT OF LIAM FROM THE DARKEST MINDS?
I can’t be the only one.
After Day called June, “darling”, I couldn’t help but think what Liam would do in Day’s situation
I think we all could agree that he’d probably start whacking soldiers with trees and their own guns though
June: I’ll be honest here. I didn’t like her very much in Legend, but after reading this one, I really like her. She’s definitely a good female protagonist, who can fully defend herself. I really liked reading about her inner conflicts and her thoughts around Day, to be honest. She may come across as clingy in this book because she loves Day a lot and thinks about him 24/7, but honestly she has nobody left in her life and she’s never had somebody like Day.
Anden: Surprising to say, I kind of like him. He’s an interesting character, and definitely different from those evil dictators.
Tess: In the first book she was that sweet character that we like, but kind of don’t care about or pay attention to.
I can say with 100% truth that I’m paying attention to her now.
She’s kind of OOC in this book, but it doesn’t really bother me.
Kaede: Hated her in book one, but now I love her.
Rate: 10 out of 10
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living
AVG Goodreads Rating: 4.28 out of 5
this book is frEAKING FANTABULOUS OH MY GOD I JUST DLKGJSALKMG
can i please have a shirt that says “black betty gang” liKE SERIOUSLY
EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THIS FREAKING BOOK ON THEIR DAMN SHELF
OH MY GOD THIS BOOK I CAN’T
i have lost the ability to can
BUT SERIOUSLY IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE BOOK, JUMP OUT OF THE CLOSEST WINDOW YOU CAN SEE AND FREAKING SPRINT ALL THE WAY TO B&N OR SOME TYPE OF BOOKSTORE AND GRAB THIS BOOK OFF THE SHELF. DON’T EVEN TAKE THE CHANGE WHEN YOU BUY THIS BOOK JUST RUN HOME AND START READING OH MY GOD
You will not regret reading this book.
From the characters to the plot to the setting to the world building to the romance to the relationship building to the character development everything was just perfect
But I’ll stop going on about how much I absolutely ADOREEEE this book though
even though it gave me so much emotional pain that I will probably never be cured and start actually reviewing this book
So you first go into this world with very little information about it.
Then as you progress through the story, the world and setting starts building up and as you continue reading, it feels as if you’ve lived there before–in their world and society. It feels like all these events and problems are actually normal, but it feels like you’re used to that way of life. You’re completely sucked into this world, and you’re now a person inside of it.
If an author can get you to be completely sucked into the setting that it feels like you’ve actually lived there, then you know they’ve got talent and that the book is good.
There were so many riveting, heart-gushing, emotional, painful, and bone-chilling moment that made me want to scream in delight and/or pain. I could literally feel my eyes start to water and my heart starting to hurt at some parts of the story, though I never really cried.
however i was immobile in shock at some points
The romance was FANTABULOUS too. Won’t press on details though; it’s all for you to read about.
The characters were also AMAZING. I fell in love with each one of them and I was so attached to them that I actually imagined what it would be like if I was in their little Black Betty Gang too. And you know how some books have side characters though, or main characters that aren’t as important as the person telling the story? I don’t believe for a second that there are any characters like that in this book. Every one of the characters were real and so vital to this story that without them, this book would’ve fallen down into pieces.
Ruby: Ruby is the main character of this book, and I really like her. She’s a strong female protagonist, with a lot of flaws, but that’s just what makes her seem more realistic. Her character development is absolutely stunning, and although she makes a buttload of mistakes in this book, I didn’t find much trouble liking her.
Liam: Guess who’s going on my “fictional boyfriend” list (;. The moment Liam said something, I just knew somewhere deep in my cold heart that I would love him. And I was right. I love every inch of his goodhearted and naive character. I never failed to smile whenever he called Ruby “darlin'” and whenever he said something sweet.
And did anyone get this “Noah Shaw (from the Mara Dyer series)” meets “Jamie (from the Mara Dyer series)” meets “Sam (from The Diviners)” vibe from Liam? Cause that’s definitely what I’m feeling.
Chubs: Oh dear Charles, I love you. It’s really hard for me to decide if Liam is my favorite character, because there’s Chubs to think about to. Chubs is so freaking hilarious and, even if he doesn’t show it the right way, I can tell that he really cares. And I just love his food-dreaming-sarcastic-little butt.
Zu: Not much to say here, but I think she’s real sweet.
I didn’t tab any quotes because I was so caught up in reading, so I’ll just take some out of goodreads.
“I hugged him without any kind of fear or self-consciousness, fiercely, with a rush of emotion that almost brought tears to my eyes.
“I could kiss you!” Chubs cried.
“Please don’t!” I gasp out, feeling his arms tighten around my ribs to the point of cracking them.”
“Let’s carpe the hell out of this diem.”
“They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived.”
“It feels like we should do something,” he said. “Like, send her off on a barge out to sea and set her on fire. Let her go out in a blaze of glory.”
Chubs raised an eyebrow. “It’s a minivan, not a Viking.”
“Never, never, never. I am never going to forget you.”
Rate: ELEVEN OUT OF TEN
i still can’t get ovER THAT ENDING OH MY GOD