Champion by Marie Lu (Legend #3)

Summary (Via Goodreads):

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: 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.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this final book in the trilogy. I liked that is focused mostly on the war between the Republic and the Colonies, but not in the military way, but more with political strategy. 

As Prodigy ended, June is now training to be Princeps-Elect, which is the basically the Vice-President, while Day is working for the Republic Army. I like that they are separate throughout most of the book, because it gives both characters a chance to fully develop. 

The book also takes a look inside what the rest of world looks like. For example how Africa, kinda became a super power along with Antarctica, with Anden trying to get aid from both of those regions. It took a look at the political sides of things and the deals that countries has to make. Mainly it’s the POLISCI major in me that really liked it.

Now here is where I get into spoiler territory regarding the ending so highlight here: My main problem with the ending is how Day lost his memory, because he was shot by Commander Jameson, and then in a dream sequence sees his mother and I was thinking that he was actually going to die and I would have been satisfied but then find out he just lost his memory and didn’t remember June, if you saw my Totally Should Have Book Tag., I sort of explain why I felt the ending needed to change because it should have been had Day die and it most likely would have been a stronger ending without having his memory erased and another a downer ending. 

Then the book goes ten years later,, in which June is living in the Capital of the Republic, while Day lives in Antarctica. If I were to describe a positive about the ending was the back and forth between Day and June, having Day wonder if he has seen June before and then in the end has Day ask June out for dinner. 

Now as a final book of the series, I can say is that I enjoyed the series, regardless of the ending I feel that the characters hold onto to you. While it isn’t as strong as Prodigy, the book gave me a sense of finality. I liked that it focused on the war between the Republic and Colonies and felt there was closure with the characters, even though it wasn’t good closure. It is another series I am always happy to revisit.

Grade: 4/5



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