Book Review: Champion by Marie Lu

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Rating: 5 / 5

Warning: Contains spoilers

Aligned with the Republic once again, June is Princeps-Elect, and Day has a position within the military.  The Republic and the Colonies are working on a peace treaty, but before one can be put in place, an outbreak of the plague occurs in the Colonies, and, thinking that it is the fault of the Republic, war is now imminent.  June is busy with the Elector trying to round up support from other nations, while Day grapples whether to let the Republic experiment with his younger brother, Eden, to try to find a cure.  Day also has to contend with the fact that he is sick, and his body is quickly becoming immune to any treatment his doctor gives him.

Champion was a fitting end to the Legend trilogy. I’m not sure why the Legend trilogy has not received the attention that The Hunger Games and Divergent series have netted, but this series is pretty phenomenal.  As the last book in a trilogy, it is susceptible to falling short of expectations or leaving readers angry with the ending, but Champion avoids those popular pitfalls.  The series as a whole is extremely well written.  There is both depth and breadth to June and Day’s journeys, and surprisingly, I found myself thinking about the sacrifices both characters made in terms of their family, their country, and each other. June and Day are equally fascinating and compelling; I didn’t find myself breezing through one point of view just to read the other. The dual points of view also give the story an added dimension; Day operates on emotion, whether it be ensuring his brother’s safety, or being the heart and soul of the community, he is driven by his feelings and emotions.  On the opposite end is June, who is methodical and logical.  She is a thinker and a planner, and the dueling perspectives is one of the big reasons the Legend series is so moving, emotional, and compelling.

Of course, as the last book, everyone is interested in the ending.  The ending is richly satisfying; I was surprised with the direction Lu took, but it worked very well.  Sometimes having a less-than-stellar ending takes away from the rest of the book, so I was cautiously optimistic with Champion, and it did not disappoint.   While I’m sad that this series has come to an end, it was an awesome ride.  All three books were equally outstanding, and I can’t wait to see what Marie Lu will come up with next.

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