Author: Marie Lu
Narrators: Steven Kaplan & Mariel Stern
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Source: Audiobook purchased via Audible
Summary (From Goodreads): 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.
Audiobook Review: I really enjoyed listening to Steven Kaplan and Mariel Stern narrate Prodigy by Marie Lu. I’ve decided that I like male audiobook narrators more than female narrators, and I’m not entirely sure why, but it holds true with Steven Kaplan narrating Day’s parts. He does a nice job differentiating between the characters, even more so than Mariel Stern did. I liked Mariel Stern for the part of June because she has almost a lilt to her voice that sounds right for June. The audiobook is a little over ten hours long, but it felt like it went faster than that. I didn’t listen to Legend, so I’m not sure how I’ll read the third book in this trilogy. I liked the audio enough that I’d be happy reading it that way.
Book Review: Prodigy picks up right where Legend left off. I had a hard time getting into it when I was reading it in the traditional sense, which is why I switched to the audiobook. I don’t know why I was having a hard time reading it because once I started the audio I was really into the story.
We learn a lot more about June and Day and the world is developed even more. I liked getting more information about Anden, the Republic, and the Patriots. I’m actually kind of torn about Anden because I didn’t want to like him, but I really do. He and June spend more time together in Prodigy and their interactions add a great level of intensity to the story. June and Day are more a part than together in Prodigy, but it made the scenes where they are together even more enjoyable to read. There’s lots of angst between them in this book.
I didn’t love Prodigy which makes me feel like the only person in the book world who didn’t love it. I can’t even put my finger on what it was missing. A few parts kind of dragged, and it just wasn’t as good as Legend. The end of book is what really saved it for me. There’s lots of action and excitement towards the end. The actual ending, however, just about broke my heart. I have NO idea what to expect in the last book. I’m hoping that something will miraculously change so the story ends the way I want it to, but right now, I’m not so sure. What an emotional ending.