Author : Marie Lu
Publication date : January 29th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Okay, let's face it, Prodigy is one of the most anticipated book this year. I kind of like the first book (you can read my review here), and I do want to find out what happens next. This is not how I normally read a series where I usually wait till the final book is out (waiting is a pain, so hurting myself is just not my thing) and I admit I did forget a few things from the first book, but still not a big deal for me.
After escaping from The Republic's armies Day and June lived in hideout. Day was still very determined to search for his little brother, Eden. Memories kept running in Day's head making him want to avenge even more. June was now The Republic's most wanted fugitive and she must get inside The Republic's system is if she wanted to find out who was behind Methias death.
Let's me tell you what I feel about this book in three sentences. The first few chapters is boring as hell. The middle of the book is completely predictable. The ending of the book is just blah! I cannot tell you how much I dislike Prodigy. I am glad that I am not one of those people who loves to wait for a book to be released because if I were, I'd be very disappointed and demand my time back.
One main problem I got in the first book is the voice of the characters. They are identically the same! There's no way for us to tell whose story you are reading, Day's or June's. Well, the problem repeats in the second book and I am totally annoyed. The character's personality doesn't reflect in the narration and this is my biggest pet peeves when reading first person point of view from multiple characters. And this is the case where a book should've been made in third person's point of view. The author's allowed to narrate the story, why not take the privilege?
Now, let's talk about June. Oh, she's such a Mary Sue. Every guy falls for her and she's not realistic at all. She's 15 and the whole country is in chaos because of her? Yeah right! Even I who don't care about politics know that it just doesn't make sense.
Prodigy lacks of action and character development. Thus, for me the book is very unmemorable. It's such a shame especially when the first book is quite good. If only it contains more twist and turn and the story is much less unpredictable, I believe it would be better.
Now it's time for my favorite quote:
“I make sure to keep a good distance between us, just in case she decides to get happy with a knife or something.”
1 rating for this book. I wish I love it, but I have to be honest despite of the raves out there. Now, I find out that there's a third book to be released. I don't think I am interested to continue, though. Your turn now. Do you think this novel worth the wait?