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gah, what is HAPPENING here? this is like utter CRAP. My favorite book of the year is turning into an effing soap opera. I am so tempted to just throw the book away and never finish.
Jul 06, 2012 09:24PM
Prodigy (Legend, #2)

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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist is on page 164 of 371
Gah, I hate Tess. I seriously hope she dies in this one or the third one. She's such a whiny brat.
Jul 06, 2012 08:25PM
Prodigy (Legend, #2)


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist is on page 123 of 371
"I learn that Africa wasn't always the flourishing, technologically advanced continent it is today, gradually filling up with universities, skyscrapers, and international refugees."
Seriously...? That totally broke my concentration. This futuristic setting is becoming more and more implausible by the page. I liked it better in LEGEND, where everything was a mystery.
Jul 06, 2012 07:44PM
Prodigy (Legend, #2)


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist is on page 100 of 371
So far, I'm REALLY not enjoying this book. It better get better fast.
Jul 06, 2012 07:10PM
Prodigy (Legend, #2)


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Re-read LEGEND last night so I'd be all set for PRODIGY!
Jul 06, 2012 10:39AM
Prodigy (Legend, #2)


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist is reading
Re-read LEGEND last night so I'd be all set for PRODIGY!
Jul 06, 2012 10:39AM
Prodigy (Legend, #2)


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Annika Why, what is happening? Is the romance overwhelming the storyline completely now?


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist (view spoiler) Basically everything reminded me of a badly plotted-out soap opera. I guess some people will find that refreshing, but she killed the very things about her story that I liked.


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Annika Hm, if she does a 180 in her story I may like the second book more. I didn't like the romance at all, because June and Day sounded like the same person to me.


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist If that was the reason you didn't like the romance, you may not be pleased with the turn of events here. Basically, if you didn't think so already, Day really turns into a girl in this one. He runs the gamut of stereotypical girly emotions - doubt, the whole "I'm not worthy, maybe I should be with someone else' BS, all sorts of angst. I'm keeping it general. The order of events in this novel were so sloppy. It's like she took all sorts of juvenile plots and over-used twists and tried to throw them all together. She pays more attention to worldbuilding here, but the result is a world with so many ridiculous holes.


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Annika Oh, wonderful. Do we get more background information about the Patriots at least and does Tess make a comeback? Because if that's not the case I'll stay far away from the sequel.


message 6: by Amelia, the pragmatic idealist (last edited Jul 10, 2012 03:35PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Amelia, the pragmatic idealist yes way more info about the Patriots. I actually thought her "less is more" approach in Legend worked better. Here, she tried to give too much information and the result was the creation of a lot of holes in logic in her story. Yes, we see more of Tess. This, and the creation of a second love interest (which makes up a freaky love quadruple) accounts for 70% of why I absolutely despise this novel. Tess is still the same age as in Legend, and...the way her character is portrayed in this installment is such a stark opposite to Legend. I was more than a little disturbed, actually. But more than that, she just turned into a catty, vindictive brat. I seriously hope she's cannon fodder in the final book. (which I'll likely never know, as I will not be reading it).


message 7: by Annika (last edited Jul 10, 2012 03:40PM) (new) - added it

Annika That's a real bummer. I really liked Tess and to have her do a 180 is really disappointing. But what really ticks me off is introducing a new love interest. Seriously, why authors, why?

Thanks for all the information, Amelia!


Amelia, the pragmatic idealist Sure. I thought Tess was cute as a button in the first book. There's nothing cute about her now. Ugghh.
My personal theory is Marie Lu might have felt pressured to "amp up" her story in book two. This whole book feels like an orchestrated attempt to "be interesting." And as a result, it felt artificial. She made every "mistake" I'd tell my students to never, ever write. I thought her first book was near-perfection, and I think she may have been influenced by the criticism. Either that or she was afraid of falling into the "middle book syndrome." That's just my conspiracy theory, lol. But nothing about this book is effortless like (I thought) with Legend. Everything felt so deliberate and it just didn't work.


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