Published: November 29/2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
Let me start off by saying that that incredibly simple cover fits this book perfectly. The solidarity and the militaristic feel encompasses this book flawlessly. Right from the opening page this book was exciting. Throughout the entire book, I had this anxious feeling that something big was going to happen at any second, like you were waiting for something to drop. And when the big something did happen, it was written perfectly.
Following the two stories of June Iparis, a military prodigy, and Day, the most wanted person in the Republic, and how they intertwined was so cool to read because of the dual point of view’s. It was exciting being able to read both of their stories and having the chance to delve really deep into their story and the reasons behind everything, as well as how they all played out.
Day was an awesome character! He was brave but reckless, street smart as well as common sense smart and he was just a really enjoyable character to read. June was pretty badass too and her intelligence was refreshing. What bothered me about them though was they were supposed to be 15 and I just did not picture them as that young. I found it to be too unrealistic, and I understand that this is YA fiction, but having your leads too young can put a damper on the reader knowing that this just wouldn’t normally. I would have much rather June and Day to be at least a few years older.
Another pet peeve I had with this book was the stream of consciousness. It is a technique used, in my opinion, to info dump and tell the reader what is happening rather than show the reader through descriptiveness and detailed writing what is going on in the story.
Other than those two little faults, this was a solidly good book. I am a huge Dystopian fan and this was a great book to add to the genre. I look forward to reading Prodigy!