*This review contains light spoilers for Prodigy and Legend.
I had pretty high hopes that Prodigy was going to be a lot better than Legend. My hopes weren’t met.
Summary: 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?
The books were redesigned between Legend and Prodigy, but the redesign is subtle and works for me. I don’t love the deckle edge (it makes it difficult to turn pages and find your spot), but I like the covers. This book also had June and Day’s sections printed in different inks. However, I still mixed up the characters at one point, and the blue text makes the black text look brown (not a huge deal, just something I thought I’d note).
I feel the same way about Prodigy that I felt about Legend. It’s well-written fiction, I just don’t care about the characters or the story.
The book is over 350 pages long, but nothing seems to happen for a long time. I thought the assassination plot would move either faster or slower, but it seemed to take up an awkward amount of time in the book. The pacing didn’t work as well for me as it did in Legend, and the plot continues to feel formulaic.
I like the world Lu has created. I think it’s one of the best dystopian worlds I’ve read in a YA trilogy. I like that she’s clearly created a society that works and makes sense, but she doesn’t overwhelm the story with it. There are little tastes of it as they’re needed. There were a few moments where word choice pulled me out of the story (snooze, so bad, into her), but all in all, the world and society are probably the best aspect of the books.
I appreciate that the books are diverse in many ways: race; sexuality; class; there’re even a few disabled characters (though all of the disabilities are acquired). There was no ethnicity guessing in this book (which kind of bothered me in the last book), and I hope there are no more mixed characters with one obviously white feature introduced in Champion.
There was some disconnect between this book and the last one. Day’s headaches become a large plot point in this book, but there’s very little set up for them. I didn’t remember that Day had headaches at all and they’re only mentioned three times at the beginning of Legend.
I was really surprised at my lack of connection to the characters, especially June and Day. I think on their own they’re interesting, but I don’t buy their relationship. It was a little too love-at-first-sight for me, so when they use each other as their motivations in Prodigy it doesn’t read as true. The side characters (espeically Kaede and Tess) are more interesting to me than the protagonists.
I will read Champion because I’m more than halfway invested now and I do want to see where Lu takes this story.* However, I’m only reading to finish the series, not because I actually like the books or anything.
This is my 111th book read for my booklikes challenge
This is my 84th book read for the Diversity on the Shelf challenge
*I’m very worried about a love triangle in Champion, but what can I do? If it’s there it’s there.