'Champion' (Legend #3) by Marie Lu
"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 peaceful existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government's elite circles while Day has been assigned a high level military position."
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THIS SERIES. Click on the links to read my reviews of ‘LEGEND’ and ‘PRODIGY’
‘Champion’ is the third and final book in the ‘Legend’ trilogy by Marie Lu. This is a young adult dystopian series about a group of youngsters trying to change their government for the better. This review contains spoilers for the first two books in this series.
At the end of ‘Prodigy’ Day finds out that he has an abnormality on his brain from the experiments that the Republic performed on him when he was ten, and that he is dying. To protect June, he doesn’t tell her about this but breaks up with her and he and his brother Eden move to San Francisco. ‘Champion’ picks up eight months later.
June is still in Denver training to be one of the Electors Princeps-Elects and Day is in San Francisco receiving treatments that will hopefully shrink the problem area in his brain enough to be removed. The two have not spoken for eight months, when June calls Day out of the blue asking him to return to Denver for an urgent meeting. It turns out that the plague that Eden was carrying got let out into the Colonies and now the Colonies are threatening war unless the Republic delivers a cure… fast.
But the problem is, they don’t have a cure. The only way of creating one would be to experiment on the original carrier of the plague, Eden. Day is still very angry about the way the old Republic treated him and his family so flat out refuses to let them experiment on his only remaining brother, especially as they can not guarantee Eden’s safety. Will June be able to change his mind before a full blown war breaks out?
This book was a fantastic conclusion to a brilliant trilogy! Although ‘Champion’ focuses more on the political side of things it was still full of action and very fast paced. The two main characters are a little older now, and I enjoyed seeing them maturing and developing.
The end few chapters had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I think my brain went something like “Oh no!!” to “Yay!” to “NO FREAKING WAY” then “Ah, ok then”. Although feeling emotionally exhausted by the end it was really bittersweet and I think it wrapped up the trilogy nicely.
These are a fantastic set of books and I’m looking forward to reading more of Marie Lu’s work in the future.
I would give this book 5 stars :)
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