He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Number of Pages: 353
Publishing Date: Nov. 5th, 2013
I have a love-hate relationship with trilogies. I love them because there is a story that unfolds not too fast, but not too slow. There are usually great amounts of character development. There are scenes that make me happy and scenes that make me laugh and scenes that make me sad and scenes that make me burst into tears. But I have an underlying hatred for trilogies because I usually read them extremely quickly and am left in a huge puddle of emotions because of how amazing the trilogy was.
The Legend trilogy was one of those trilogies. This series of books made me emotional and happy and angry and frustrated and anxious and every other emotion you could think of. I’m so sad that this series is over, yet I feel so refreshed and different. These books were unlike anything I’ve ever read and I feel exhilarated. Champion was definitely my favorite book out of the entire trilogy. I’m usually fairly wary when it comes to series conclusions because they can either end amazingly or they can end badly. The Legend trilogy, in my opinion, ended perfectly.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
I absolutely loved Champion. I had no idea where Marie Lu was going to take this story, especially with the cliffhanger that Prodigy was left on. But Marie Lu, once again, took me by surprise and introduced me to another thrilling component of the Legend story.
I love how the world that the author created was explained so clearly and deeply. Sometimes dystopian novels fall short when it comes to world-building and explaining why certain events are happening, but that wasn’t the case with this trilogy.
My favorite part of this novel was the ending, which might seem strange, especially because this was the last book in the trilogy. But I just loved how fearless the author was when it came to concluding the trilogy in a way that would shock readers, and then she created an epilogue that I adored so much. It was foreshadowed, yet I never even saw it coming at all. I found the ending so satisfying and so well-written.
June’s character in Champion was so strong and selfless. While she did struggle with certain things in the previous novels, it became quite obvious how much she had grown and developed in Champion. June is such a brave, intelligent, giving, and amazing character, and she’s honestly one of the most badass main characters that I’ve ever read about.
“I scream for everything that has gone wrong. I scream for everything broken in our lives.”
Oh, Day. You always find a way to make me extremely emotional. Day has been, and continues to be, my favorite character in the Legend series. He’s just so… gah, I don’t even know how to describe it. He’s so caring and sweet and selfless and brave and. Okay, I’ll stop now. To sum it up, Day is one of the most charismatic characters that I’ve ever read about and I love him so much and Day and June are now officially one of my favorite OTPs.
“Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.”
I love Anden’s character so much. Tess’s character truly grew so much and I liked her so much more in this novel. I loved Eden, he was adorable yet incredibly strong and selfless. The characters in this book had evolved so much when put into comparison with how they were in the first Legend book. They were all so much stronger and more outspoken and more fearless than ever before. I loved how they were all individually so unique yet they came together and formed a united front when necessary.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Marie Lu is one of the best action-scene-writers that has ever written a young adult dystopian book. When reading her writing, I can so easily mentally picture the scenes unfolding. Her writing is seamless, entertaining, full of emotion, and detailed. After finishing this trilogy, I definitely want to read more of Marie Lu’s novels just so I’ll be able to experience the pure beauty of her writing style.
Overall, this book was amazing from the very first page. After the ending of Prodigy, I honestly had no idea where the story was going to go. But in this book, Marie Lu answered every question that I had about certain plot points, she added epic plot twists into the story whenever she could, and she gave each character that I’ve grown to love the ending that they all deserved. My favorite part of this book was the last chapter, which made me extremely emotional and it was so unexpected yet so perfect. I greatly applaud Marie Lu for writing such an action-packed trilogy that took me by surprise through every chapter and kept me on the edge of my seat through every page.
And now, I present to you the section of writing that made me emotionally unstable for about three hours:
“Then Day reaches out and touches my hand with his. He encloses it in a handshake. And just like that, I am linked with him again, I feel the pulse of our bond and his- tory and love through our hands, like a wave of magic, the return of a long-lost friend. Of something meant to be. The feeling brings tears to my eyes. Perhaps we can take a step forward together.
“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”
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