Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopia
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Publisher review copy
The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!
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.
I loved the Legend series and was eagerly awaiting Champion as the conclusion to the series, after all the major plot points in Prodigy. While it was a beautiful ending to the series, I just found the rest of the book to be political ridden and kind of boring.
While Legend was filled with heart stopping action and world building, Prodigy with excellent character development between the two kick ass leads, Champion was mainly about politics and wrapping things up. The Republic is finally at war with the Colonies and both June and Day use their high ranking positions to protect the country and the people they love, but what I really wanted to see was more action, more kick ass fighting scenes, more June and Day. Instead, what I got were political developments and outside world building that I didn’t really care about at this late stage of the series.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that an author can take a dystopian outside of the immediate country and show us the world at large. We were taken to Antarctica, which was humorously set out like a MMORPG with points assigned to every action, and a map at the start of the book shows us America split up into the Republic and the Colonies. Champion was about the good of the country while the first two books were more intimate, with June and Day were focusing on their people and the Republic.
June as the Princeps-Elect, while seemingly perfect at the time, was a poor fit at best as she spent the bulk of Champion hidden away in Senate chambers and meeting with government officials when she could be kicking ass in the front lines. As she follows in the footsteps of the new young Elector Anden, we’re as bored as she is as she comes to the conclusion that politics is not for her.
I hate Senate meetings. I hate them with a passion – nothing but a sea of bickering politicians and talking heads, talking talking talking all the time when I could instead be out in the streets, giving a mind and body a healthy workout. – June
Day is struck down by illness but spends the bulk of his time protecting his brother and trying to contain he deadly plague that has broken out in The Republic. He spends a lot of time thinking about June, pouring his heart and soul out to her. These two are the perfect couple, with Day as the emotional solider led by his heart and instinct and June as your constantly aware, analysing and calculating high ranking official. I wanted more romance between them, instead of other people getting in the way *cough Anden* in the love square (yep, that’s a double love triangle).
Despite my relative apathy with the rest of the book, the ending is one that is wrought with emotion where I found myself getting teary. Lu gave us exactly what us readers were looking for, and what June and Day deserve, with an epilogue to tie it all up. It gave us something crucial that many dystopian endings do not – an element of hope, that things would work out for the better. While Legend and Prodigy left us breathless, Champion ties up the loose ends, with Tess maturing throughout the journey, June figuring out her feelings for Anden and Day dealing with his sickness.
“You drive me insane, June…You’re the scariest, most clever, bravest person I know, and sometimes I can’t catch my breath because I’m trying so hard to keep up.” – Day.
It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to June and Day, but I’m kind of glad that’s where they ended up. The Legend trilogy is a series I’d recommend to everyone, for it’s amazing kickass couple, heart stopping action and military focus. I’m not sure where else Champion could have went, but that ending was perfect.
Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5