Which do you prefer?
Personally I prefer the US versions to the UK versions, I don’t know why I just think they fit the books better. The UK versions are pretty but I think they give them a different tone? I don’t know. But what’s really important is the story inside the cover! So excited for the end of the trilogy! :D
by Marie Lu
Started: 30th January 2013
Finished: 15th April 2013
This book shouldn’t have taken me as long as it did to finish. It has nothing to do with how good the book is, it was only because I’ve not been able to find the time to sit and enjoy it.
After reading Legend I was excited to see that it was going to be a trilogy, especially because of where the last one ended. In this installment we see June and Day doing what they can to fight against the Republic in order to defend their rights and take back what was stolen from them. This novel explores more of the differences between how they’ve been living their lives; you get an insight to how opposite they are but also how the Republic manages to bring them together. I found myself doubting whether they worked as a couple (which I didn’t in the first) although there are still moments where you’re reminded why they fit together too. Not only are there characters who we know from the last book, but there are plenty of new ones which provide interesting twists in the novel. For me the most interesting new(ish) character was Anden; we got to see a lot more of him this time and he was a character (like Razor) who kept you on your toes and guessing where his loyalties lie.
Now Day and June are together and willing to fight against the Republic life for them both is much more dangerous. Unlike Legend I didn’t have a preference as to whose story that I was reading; there were times when both sides were equally interesting as they were split up. Not only did you get to see what the Patriots were up to but you also got a look into the Republic under the new Elector Primo. For a while reading the book you assume you know what’s going to happen and how it’s going to end. Whatever you feel will happen, will most likely be thrown out in the last four chapters of the novel (and even before then for some other cases). That’s what I love about Lu’s writing, you’re in a familiar territory for so long but there will be something to shake it towards the end - leaving you gagging for the next (and last) book. The ending left me feeling sad and unsure as to how I’m going to feel reading the last book. From what I can gather it will definitely be emotional. Then again, for me finishing a series is always emotional.
One thing that I noticed more so in Prodigy than I did in Legend is the excessive use of the word “goddy.” I understand that has been used as a curse to replace more explicit ones and that it shows a change in culture and time - but after a few uses it started to become tiring and grated on me. However I believe that this is the only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the book; there were a couple of times when things were fast paced and I had to re-read what I had read however this wasn’t a big problem.
To read this book I would advise to just clear a day or so and just sit and read it. That way you can absorb everything and really be consumed by the desperate times that these people find themselves in. I personally found this to have a very exciting plot and a great follow up to what was a wonderful debut - I am confident that it will be kept up for the third one!
I don’t know if it happens to any of you but I’ve started to notice that I can read a book, review it and then a month or so later I could change my mind of if I liked it. Sometimes I feel I should have been more harsh and sometimes I feel I should have been more generous but then sometimes they just stay the same anyway :’)
Anyway, it is January and it struck me that Prodigy by Marie Lu comes out on Tuesday 29th! Not long to go now for the next installment in the trilogy :D I cannot wait for it to come out. I loved Legend and I’ve been waiting for this book for too long now! It will also most likely be the first of my 2013 reviews so keep an eye out for it!
If you don’t do so already, I strongly recommend that you keep an eye on when your local library does a book sale. I know a lot of people generally avoid them because they don’t think they’d ever find anything but I think it’s great for you to try something new. If you pick up a book and you’re not sure of it most of the time it costs hardly anything so you’re not at a disadvantage either way.
I went with my mum and between us we bought 12 books for £2! I can’t wait to get started on them. Over the weekend I’ll be putting up a list of books I plan to read in 2013 so far but I won’t just be reading the ones on the list. I’m going for 40 books again this year and I’ve already re-read The Bloody Chamber for English Literature.
Total books read: 30
Missed out on my goal of 40 again. Have been more into the writing side of things this year rather than the reading. But I will get it one year!
First book read: Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (re-read)
Last book read: Life of Pi - Yann Martel
All These Things I’ve Done - Gabrielle Zevin
The Island - Victoria Hislop
Legend - Marie Lu
Room - Emma Donoghue
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day and get everything you asked for <3
Now it’s Christmas Amazon launches their 12 Days of Kindle sale! Every day they offer a large selection of ebooks from £0.99 and I think pretty much all of them are under £3. So if you get any money this Christmas and fancy a new book, take a look through the sale!
Today I bought Uglies by Scott Westerfeld :D
I’ve had a lot of school work and UCAS stuff to deal with of late so I’ve had to focus on that more than reading :’) Because of UCAS I’ve had to start building up my Creative Writing portfolio too. This weekend I’m going to be going over some Great Expectations things for my mock exam next week and once that’s all over I plan on starting The Great Gatsby! So more reviews and such shall be on their way!
Also, I saw the new Great Expectations film the other day (and going with my English class Monday night) and I must admit I was quite impressed. They added small details that have been forgotten in other pieces (like Mr Wopsle’s Great Aunt falling asleep in the school) but they got rid of things too which I was surprised about (Orlick wasn’t in the film - however they still made it work). I loved how the characters were portrayed and I think they pulled it off really well :) If you find the book hard going or boring you should definitely give the film or the BBC series a try too :) (Although the series Miss Havisham isn’t great).