Prodigy

Prodigy is without a doubt, better than the first book in the series (Legend). I had many reservations in book one that prompted me to rate it less than a perfect score.  Most of those reservations 

have been completely dashed after reading the second installment especially the romantic aspect of the book. I had complained about not feeling the chemistry between June and Day primarily because they are so alike in character and attitude. I was wrong. Prodigy chronicles June and Day's adventures within the Patriot's territory and along the way, we get to see more of their motivations and thoughts AND how different they think.  The love that Day was so sure about in Legend was questioned. Suddenly he was no longer sure of his feelings for June. At the same time, June's love for Day solidifies when she wasn't so sure in the beginning. It was interesting to read about their struggles when confronted with romantic situations from different people. They are not without flaws. For a while there, they floundered in their feelings for each other while also fighting a war and trying to decide which side of the fence they should be on. Talk a lot about love at the wrong time!  June is a solider through and through. She is logical and tactical about how she approaches certain problems but she also trusts her instinct. She knows her abilities and she uses them well. For once, it is so refereshing to read about a Dystopian heroine not admired by everyone. June has her fair share of fans, yes, but she also has her detractors. And believe me, they were very vocal about their dislike.  Day is a passionate warrior, an advocate for change who mainly uses his emotion when dealing with things. He may not be as confident in his abilities as June but Day is powerful in his own way.  June has herself. Day has the people backing him up. That's where their strengths lay.  The plot in the second book follows the Patriot arc and is a lot more thrilling and action packed. The conflicts are more complicated and trickier; the story bigger than just two starcrossed lovers. It isn't simply about avenging their own families anymore but saving a dying country.  There was an unexpected (and unpleasant) surprise at the end of the book, one I refuse to dwell too much about (at least until I know more about it once I get my hands on the final book). But just for my sake, I'll prepare my heart for a possible heartbreak.

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