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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 n 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.


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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 n 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.

30 review for Champion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    If Prodigy made me want to cry and scream and pretty much throw a tantrum like a little girl, Champion made all my troubles go away. I am very well satisfied with the ending of this series, and although I still have lots of questions for what will happen in June's future I can fill those gaps with my own imagination. Marie Lu did a wonderful job with this entire series, and ended it in a bittersweet note. Without giving out too many spoilers, or none at all, Champion will make your eyes water bu If Prodigy made me want to cry and scream and pretty much throw a tantrum like a little girl, Champion made all my troubles go away. I am very well satisfied with the ending of this series, and although I still have lots of questions for what will happen in June's future I can fill those gaps with my own imagination. Marie Lu did a wonderful job with this entire series, and ended it in a bittersweet note. Without giving out too many spoilers, or none at all, Champion will make your eyes water but it will also lift your spirits. I am so happy the way that things ended up, yet sad at the same time. Considering all the other endings to the rest of the series ending this year (Allegiant, Morganville Vampires, etc.) I think Marie Lu managed to create her own ending that doesn't compare to the rest. The book's pace was good, the problems it wanted to resolve were plenty and engrossing, and the characters stayed true to form. I can't exactly go deeper into this review without giving anything away, so just know that Champion was worth the wait and it did not disappoint in the slightest. It was the best ending for this tragic world and marvelous series, and I cannot wait to read more books by Marie Lu in the future. The rest of the review is full of spoilers, so read at your own discretion... (view spoiler)[ Day lives. *deep breathe* finally got that off my chest! I AM SO HAPPY! I would have been DEVASTATED if he too had died. No June doesn't die, or Eden, or anyone important for that matter. We get a sort of happy ending that isn't perfect but it's still something. Some people wanted Day to die, don't know why, but I didn't want him to die. There was this scene in the novel that made me realize how much I hate dead mother's who come back once their kid's at death's door (view spoiler)[[Allegiant, anyone?] (hide spoiler)] . However instead of the mother being all "it's time to go sweetie, well done dying and all!" she was all like "go back to Eden, he needs you." and I swear I had never loved that woman more. I thought this was going to be the same scene we got in (view spoiler)[Allegiant (hide spoiler)] and I was already getting pissed off, but then it surprised me. Well done! Another good thing about Champion, Tess is back, and she isn't the annoying little girl she was in Prodigy! Even the characters comment on this, how she has grown up and let go of her grudges. Her and Day make up, and also she becomes friend's with June. Hurray! I was so not up to reading about her tantrums (mine were enough last book thank you). Now she is a level headed girl who you don't want to kill. And for this I give her one full paragraph in my review. Anden and June. In a world were Day wasn't in the picture these two would be perfect for each other. In fact, I was kind of shipping for them anyways. It was up to June really, but her and Anden together would have taken the world by storm. They did date for a while (the book goes 10 years into the future) but ultimately they break up cause June can't love him how he deserves to be loved. Anden is so sweet, I am just glad that June will protect him as a Commander and be close by so he doesn't give in into his evil urges (passing, but it happens). Day and his tumor. All he needed apperantely was some very shiny technology to make everything better! This part of the story really makes you think though. In our own country, where technology is in reality superior to other countries, we don't go out of our way to help those people who are at death's door. We are Antartica, and we are the Republic in some ways as well. Should we go out of our way? Too many people in the world need help, specially people who are already inside our borders. Does this make us bad guys? That we are concerned with our citizen's first and then the rest of the world? That we let the rest of the world fight their own battles (most of the time) so that our men won't die? I don't know. Politics are rough, but at least Champion, and the series in general, makes you think about these problems, and realize that it isn't easy running a country without making some mistakes. The bittersweet end: Day loses all memories of June, yet he survives. Day gets shot, twice, and June asks a higher power (Marie Lu?) to save him, and that she will give up anything in order for this to happen. Thus Day loses his memories of her. I don't exactly know what this means in terms of there actually being a higher power in the novel that answers prayers, or if we should just take it as a coincidence, but whatever. I am not a religious person, but I still enjoyed that part. Now, what I don't get is how could day really not know who June is, I guess he doesn't remember anything that happen since Legend. All those memories gone, which kind of means the Day that we love is sort of gone. He is there, yet he isn't. Memories make up who we are, so when he woke up in that bed and couldn't remember anything that happen in the last year I felt like a little part of myself died. I felt as dejected as June, but she does the "right" thing and leaves him to heal (she doesn't want to remind him every day the pain of her involvement in his family's death. 10 years later they meet again and Day says he felt like he found something he was missing when he saw her again. Even in his memory-less self he can still make a girl swoon. He may get all his memories back of June now that he has found her again, but that is left up to us and our imagination I guess. I call for a NOVELLA. Who's with me? (hide spoiler)] In the end Champion was everything I hoped it would be. Really, it was. It was special. It makes my heart flutter, and I will remember/reread it for years to come. It was well worth the wait. PS; If you guys liked the Legend Series you will definitely LOVE Marie Lu's next book The Young Elites. I've read it and it was So good!! Previous Update after finishing Prodigy: After finishing Prodigy I want to cry and scream. I want to buy chocolate ice cream, invite my girlfriends over, and vent over how good Prodigy was and the injustice of waiting more than a year for the next book. I knew I shouldn't have read Prodigy ahead of schedule, now the waiting is going to be even longer, and harder. All I know is that Legend #3 CHAMPION (Fancy!) is BOUND to kick some major ass. I wonder if we are going to go some years into the future, that would be cool. Or if we are just going to pick up weeks, or months after. I hope for the former. I wonder what is going to happen to the Republic, to Anden, to Day, and to June. But most of all I really hope Tess never comes back into the picture. Her mood swings annoyed me lol

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    And... it's over. This series has come a long, long way from where it started and has managed to shatter boundaries and exceed expectations where, in my opinion, other series like Divergent and Blood Red Road have failed. It started out like almost every other piece of dystopian fiction released in 2011. Some random political facts thrown about, set in a future United States that was torn apart by war, oppressive government in power and, of course, a nice little side order of romance that could * And... it's over. This series has come a long, long way from where it started and has managed to shatter boundaries and exceed expectations where, in my opinion, other series like Divergent and Blood Red Road have failed. It started out like almost every other piece of dystopian fiction released in 2011. Some random political facts thrown about, set in a future United States that was torn apart by war, oppressive government in power and, of course, a nice little side order of romance that could *almost* be described as instalove. I confess that the first installment didn't impress me and it took some seriously positive reviews of the second book to make me try it. But I am so glad that I did. This final book is brimming with action and suspense. The pacing doesn't slow down for a second and it suits the high-stakes plot. The previous book left us with some shocking information about Day that will surely be at the forefront of most readers' minds when picking up this conclusion - it doesn't disappoint. It's true that there were only a limited number of ways this could end but with Lu it doesn't seem to matter because she has your mind constantly running through the options and wondering where she'll take you next. The sense of constant uncertainty instilled in my brain throughout this book was terrifying and intoxicating. It's been a while since I read a book so completely unputdownable. I also really like the way Lu has developed her characters. For me, June and Day have come a long way and matured so much since book one. This kind of natural growth is realistic, important and perhaps one of the main reasons I enjoy reading young adult so much - watching the characters flourish, become wiser and deal with all the different pressures of life in this difficult period of growing up (doubly so when your country relies on you). Looking back, I have a certain respect for the author in the way she portrayed their initial meeting and the start of their relationship. What seemed like lazy writing, in hindsight, actually seems like Lu deliberately showed the difference in maturity between the relationships of hormonal teens and young adults who've experienced a bit of life. Day and June were far more likeable as a couple in this book than I've ever noticed before. The last two or three chapters of this book literally had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't look away. It takes a skilled writer to have you questioning what will happen right up until the last page. And it takes an even more skilled writer to bring tears to my eyes. Sometimes I say books make me cry when I really mean they just get a sniffle and an "awww" out of me... because I'm a cold-hearted person. But this book made my eyes fill up at the end. An ending that I thought was perfectly ambiguous - full of both sadness and hope. Why? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    GIVE IT TO ME NOW BEFORE I JUMP OFF A CLIFF FROM MY FEELS. YOU DON'T DO THIS TO ME. YOU DON'T END A BOOK LIKE THAT OK. I NEEDED JUNE TO TELL DAY THAT SHE LOVED HIM. I'M NOT KIDDING THIS ISN'T UP FOR DISCUSSION AHHH ASJLDJFSDKLAKD WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO ME. YOU KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO GO DIE OK. I'M LITERALLY SITTING HERE LIKE THIS I'M GOING TO EAT BOXES OF ICE CREAM NOW. AHHH IGAKFSHOS THERE'S A NAME. CHAMPION YESS I LIKE I LIKE IGAKSGOHLFKS STILL FAR AWAY IM GOING TO GO CRY SOME MORE. EVE GIVE IT TO ME NOW BEFORE I JUMP OFF A CLIFF FROM MY FEELS. YOU DON'T DO THIS TO ME. YOU DON'T END A BOOK LIKE THAT OK. I NEEDED JUNE TO TELL DAY THAT SHE LOVED HIM. I'M NOT KIDDING THIS ISN'T UP FOR DISCUSSION AHHH ASJLDJFSDKLAKD WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO ME. YOU KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO GO DIE OK. I'M LITERALLY SITTING HERE LIKE THIS I'M GOING TO EAT BOXES OF ICE CREAM NOW. AHHH IGAKFSHOS THERE'S A NAME. CHAMPION YESS I LIKE I LIKE IGAKSGOHLFKS STILL FAR AWAY IM GOING TO GO CRY SOME MORE. EVERYTIME I READ THIS I GET ALL EMOTIONAL ALL OVER AGAIN. NOOO JUNE NOOO DAY. TESSA DIE OK. THANKS. I HATE EVERYTHING JUST GIVE ME THIS BOOK I'M CRYING ALJKFSASKLFLD LIFE IS SUCH A STRUGGLE WITHOUT THIS BOOK. I THINK WE SHOULD ALL GET IT A YEAR EARLY SINCE IT TOOK PRODIGY TWO YEARS TO COME OUT SOUNDS GOOD OK. HOLY SHIT GUISE WAIT. IT SAYS NOVEMBER 5TH 2013. WHAT HOW. MY PRAYERS ARE BEING ANSWERED. WELL SINCE WE HAVE TO WAIT ABOUT TEN YEARS FOR THIS BOOK. YOU CAN LOOK AT MY BLOG PLEASE LOOK AT IT IT'S MY BABY PLEASE http://niconut.wordpress.com/ OH MY GOD THERE'S A COVER. HELP MY SCREAMING SOUL. HELP. IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. NOVEMBER 5TH. THAT'S IT...I CAN DO THAT... OR NOT... JUST GIVE IT TO ME STOP NO NOW GIVE ME GUYS I READ IT I JUST READ IT AND AJDLSKGHASJKDF;KJGSFAD;KLJLSADKL; HOW DO I LIVE HEre'S whAT I THinK (view spoiler)[THAT ENDING THOUGH. WOW. I MEAN IT TORE ME APART BUT AT LEAST JUNE DIDN'T DIE OR ANYTHING LOL WHERE MIGHT THAT IDEA HAVE COME FROM. IT'S NOT LIKE AUTHORS KILL THEIR MAIN CHARACTERS OR ANYTHING AHAHA AH HA HA AH HA AJSLKGHIWE;DKLJSVAHEIUF'OJLDKSAGIFEJ;KLDFSJKL *deep breaths* If you have no idea what that was about then that's good, you haven't been subjected to the torture of reading a certain YA book where the main character dies. So anyways, at least we all know June and Day end up together at last. Even though of course we don't get to read about it. Ahahaha aha ah ha. brb crying. SO ANYWAYS, AT LEAST JUNE FINALLY TOLD HIM SHE LOVED HIM AND OH LORD THAT MOMENT, THAT SCENE, IT WAS MY LIFE. I'M ABOUT TO PRINT IT OUT AND PUT IT ALL OVER MY WALLS AND READ IT EVERY NIGHT BEFORE BED BECAUSE O T P LIKE HELL YES I SHIP THEM SO HARD SO DAMN HARD. So anyways algsajhsdkjrfgaljdf IT WOULD BE NICE IF MARIE LU DID A LITTLE EXTRA SCENE THING LIKE THEM ON THEIR WEDDING DAY OR SOMETHING OR JUST THEM ON A DATE OR WHATEVER WHENEVER HE FALLS IN LOVE WITH HER AGAIN. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF DAY MADE EYE CONTACT AND WAS LIKE WAIT I KNOW YOU, YOU'RE JUNE AND WE'RE SOULMATES SO BASICALLY LET'S GO HAVE SEX OKAY That scene. *Sigh* HELP So yes, it kind of tore me apart but at least they lived and they do end up together I JUST WISH WE COULD READ ABOUT IT COUGH COUGH HINT HINT NUDGE NUDGE (hide spoiler)] Sigh oh bookS why do yOu ruin MY liFE.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ails

    UPDATE: 03/21/19 YES, an update for 2019, which means it’s been 6 FREAKING YEARS since I wrote this review. I’m updating because I had to reread the series before I dive into Rebel (in case you’re as outdated as me, YES, THERE’S A 4TH BOOK and you all gotta add it to your TBR if you love this series.) I thought rereading Legend series 6 years later would kinda make it lose its appeal. You fellow goodreaders know what I mean; let’s face it, sometimes our 5-star reads in the past are not as amazin UPDATE: 03/21/19 YES, an update for 2019, which means it’s been 6 FREAKING YEARS since I wrote this review. I’m updating because I had to reread the series before I dive into Rebel (in case you’re as outdated as me, YES, THERE’S A 4TH BOOK and you all gotta add it to your TBR if you love this series.) I thought rereading Legend series 6 years later would kinda make it lose its appeal. You fellow goodreaders know what I mean; let’s face it, sometimes our 5-star reads in the past are not as amazing as we once thought they were. It happens to me a lot, so I was incredibly relieved that it’s not the case with this series. It is as good as the first time!! Actually, rereading it made me realize that I haven’t read a dystopian fantasy with a hint of romance that as good as this for a long time. In 2011-2014, there were LOTS of them including Legend and Angelfall. Man, I miss those days. I’ve DNF-ed a lot of books eversince. So yes, 6 years later, Champion is still 5 stars to me and if you’re following this review, I’m telling you that you MUST read “Life After Legend” and add “Rebel” to your TBR. ■■■ 5 STARS (WARNING: MILD SPOILERS) "I think I don’t care about you anymore, that things will be easier once you’re far away, and then all of a sudden I’m here again, and you’re..." Day pauses to look at me. The anguish in his expression is a knife cutting through my heart. "Why do I do this to myself? I see you and feel such—" He has tears in his eyes now. The sight is more than I can bear. He takes two steps away from me and then turns back like a caged animal. "Do you even love me?" ■■■ My emotions are tangled into a big ball of mess right now. It's all too much for me to process. Too. Damn. Freaking. Much. This is by far and easily the most emotional YA Dystopian book I've ever read. Heck, it's even more emotional than any cry-fest and heartwrenching contemporary novels I know. Marie Lu breaks the record with every book she writes, it's crazy. I hate to admit, but I cried. And cried. I cried until the tears dried up, and when they did, I cried a little more. I was like this all time: I'm still bawling like a baby, to be honest. The fact that I rarely cry over a book (my Goodreads friends can attest to this) proves how effective and powerful this book is. This review isn't going to focus on the technicalities, I'm sure a lot of my fellow reviewers can take care of that. I'm writing this review to express how it made me feel and how it affected me because after all, the power of this book is in its emotional punches. “You drive me insane, June,” he murmurs against my hair. “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. There will never be another like you. You realize that, don’t you? Billions of people will come and go in this world,” he says softly, “but there will never be another like you.” I'm not among those girls who automatically melt into a puddle of goo when male characters throw around words like this. But it's Day. He can turn flatteries into something else, laying genuineness and love beneath his words. If June is one of the scariest, most clever, and bravest characters I've ever known, Day is absolutely one of the most strong-willed, loving, and honest of all. "I moan from another excruciating stab of pain in my head. My vision has started to blur, and I realize it’s because I can’t stop my eyes from watering nonstop. I wipe a hand across my face and smile weakly at Eden. "Damn, I’m dripping water like a leaky faucet." I've come across several books directly echoing a real and worse tragedy—rape, mass killing, suicide, murder, etc—and I say nothing has affected me on a deep emotional level like Day's illness. I hate to sound like I'm fawning over the author, but there's power in the way she writes. She made Day's health condition sound more frightening than murder. She turned Day and June's simple exchange of 'hi and hello' into something so painful. This is why I'm quoting a lot of lines from the book; words are just words until she weaves them powerfully into details, heightening everything including the readers emotions. Did I like everything that happened in this book? No. Who would want their favorite characters to be sick, much less have a tumor? All throughout the story I'd made myself believe it's a joke, that maybe someone was just trying to kill Day by adding harmful chemicals to his medicines. It also broke my heart that (view spoiler)[Day hadn't been able to recognize or remember June in the ending (hide spoiler)] . So yes, reality slapped me, twice, and I love this book more for it. The ending isn't a fairytale's happy ever after. It's reality's a-new-beginning ever after. Overall, Champion is a bittersweet yet an outstanding way to end and say goodbye to this series. I hate farewells, but... Goodbye, our Prodigy June Iparis. Goodbye, our Legend Day Altan Wing. Goodbye, our Champions. Long live the Republic. ■■■ "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."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    ____________________________________________ “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.” ________________________________ ____________________________________________ “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.” ____________________________________________ 5 CHAMPION STARS! You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog! And here I present you to my favorite dystopian series.The legend series has been one of my greatest experiences on reading,especially this book,which I totally consider a LEGENDARY book.And finally here is a trilogy with a great awesome perfect ending.I think this is the reason why Legend,for me,it is the best dystopian series out there,because the ending didn't disappoint.I liked The Hunger Games and Divergent too,but they both went downhill.I must congratulate the author for this finale,she proved that it is possible to end a series without killing main characters just to make it emotional.So great job Marie Lu! Champion is the finale(the third book) in the "Legend" trilogy by Marie Lu.This is a full action-pack dystopian filled with everything,smart action,smart thoughts,wise plans and romance and just everything.It is a perfection,especially this book. ____________________________________________ “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.” ____________________________________________ Remembering when I first read Legend,I thought that these characters couldn't get more developed.It turns I was wrong.Yet with their perfectness at such a young age,they proved to me that a person can never be perfect and the imperfections are what make us unique.Seriously,this series has the most smart,badass characters I have ever read about.I mean they can shoot,and climb building,and score perfect in exams at the age of fifteen. I enjoyed every part of this book,but the ending was the best of it,maybe the greatest part of this whole series.Everything wrapped up perfectly,and the last 20 pages were just beautiful. ____________________________________________ “I’ve been searching a long time for something I think I lost. I felt like I found something when I saw you back there.” ____________________________________________ This book follows the story of "Prodigy". Now in the Colonies,there is a virus spreading,and they are blaming the Republic for it,and clearly wanting to start a war.The Republic,knowing that the Colonies have the support of other allies,they know they don't stand a chance.Now they have to find the cure or it will be the end of The Republic.With Day's sickness hardening,the chances of winning are shortening.What will happen to Day and June,the decisions can pull out the winning,or they could bring the destruction of The Republic,or even their own deaths. ____________________________________________ “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. There will never be another like you. You realize that, don't you? Billions of people will come and go in this world, but there will never be another like you.” ____________________________________________ I highly recommend this series to every reader out there,even if you don't like books or want to read them,you should give this one a try.Every single page is worth it,believe me,so pick it up! *Pictures from the review are not mine, I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr*

  6. 4 out of 5

    William

    FINAL REVIEW Just... How did Marie Lu just wrap up this amazing series with an ever more so amazing book?! This book makes we want to do this: This: BECAUSE MY BRAIN ISN'T WORKING AFTER READING THIS, like NO! This: OUT OF SHEER PERFECTION And this all over again: To explain the awesomeness that is the book, I must start when I saw this book at the public library. ^ Yeah that was me. Deal with it. Then came the reading. Big mistake of starting it when I had work to do because guess what I did inste FINAL REVIEW Just... How did Marie Lu just wrap up this amazing series with an ever more so amazing book?! This book makes we want to do this: This: BECAUSE MY BRAIN ISN'T WORKING AFTER READING THIS, like NO! This: OUT OF SHEER PERFECTION And this all over again: To explain the awesomeness that is the book, I must start when I saw this book at the public library. ^ Yeah that was me. Deal with it. Then came the reading. Big mistake of starting it when I had work to do because guess what I did instead of doing work? Yup! Just reading! The plot. The characters. The world building. The flow, the action, the pace. DO I EVEN NEED TO SAY IT?! Do you question its amazingness? The twists, the turns, the journey that each character takes: It makes me just want to sob out of happiness. 4 Main Characters that I want to mention: - Eden - AHHH!!!! HE IS SO PERFECT AND AWESOME AND AMAZING. His relationship with Day made me tear up. - Anden - LOVE HIM. What a refreshing character. And I usually do not like the characters who interfere with my OTP, but Anden is an exception. - June - Do I even need to say it? June is honestly my favorite. She is stunning, intelligent, caring, strong. And she is logical! LOGICAL! She actually thinks! And she does things because she weighs both her emotions and intelligence. - Day - Great character. Marie Lu just stop making such impeccable characters. Just please stop. Otherwise, you are going to give endless emotions to your readers and make them extremely unproductive because they are too busy crying into their pillows out of happiness. Not only are the characters amazing, Marie Lu doesn't pull a Mockingjay. Not that I don't like Mockingjay or anything, but that ending was not satisfactory. But not Champion. It will leave you satisfied, but unable to think, and then it will leave you crying tears of happiness as you shake the book wondering why it ended. The world building is amazing. For someone who is in love with politics and government, I was completely fascinated by the world within the Legend series and Champion only dives further into the world. Just absolute perfection and love. Finally, Day and June: ULTIMATE OTP Yeah, I just ripped off the title of the first book. I don't care because And to the end: Yes. Yes. So do I. All I can say is: GO READ IT! AND GO READ THIS SERIES!!! It is so freaking amazing that you will be sending me gifts in thanks for recommending this series to you, because it is THAT GOOD. I kind of am shocked that I even was able to write this review because my brain is kind of overloaded and fried from the awesomeness. If any part of the review does not make sense: blame that. I think I kind of rambled on. Oh well, I am just going to cry in a corner now because this wonderful series has now come to an end. I'm done. Before GUYS. The date has been moved to 2013. I repeat. 2013. HALLELUJAH!!! And this cover. ERMERGERD. 2014. 2014. 2014. Ice cream is always my solution.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Holy crow! This book had me sad crying and happy crying! I loved this ending to the trilogy. Although, there was a lot of sadness and worry throughout the book I was just hoping and praying it was going to end well. In a sense it did, but it's complicated. They go to war, or I should say are attacked and they are trying to get help from Antarctica and things are all kinds of crazy and scary. Some things are going on with little Eden and with Day. I was so worried. I love little Eden =) June is t Holy crow! This book had me sad crying and happy crying! I loved this ending to the trilogy. Although, there was a lot of sadness and worry throughout the book I was just hoping and praying it was going to end well. In a sense it did, but it's complicated. They go to war, or I should say are attacked and they are trying to get help from Antarctica and things are all kinds of crazy and scary. Some things are going on with little Eden and with Day. I was so worried. I love little Eden =) June is the Princeps-Elect and working closely with Elector Anden. But they all come together when they have nothing else. Enemies become allies and the world eventually becomes a better place. And I have to say I was worried for Ollie through the whole book, but guess what? He made it and I don't care if that's a spoiler because animals living are good spoilers =) Anyway, I'm so happy with this trilogy and this book in particular! I hate that I waited so long to read it, but don't we say that about so many books we own . . . MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenny [hiatus]

    Edit 4: That cover is beautiful! I want it now! Edit 3: 2013 guys! 20-freaking-13! This is amazing! THIS IS SO GREAT! I'm just so excited! Edit 2: *Screams* We've got a placement cover! I'm so so so excited! Can't wait until we get the real deal cover! Edit: So it has a name? Champion... I like it! :) Wait... 2014...?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Eh. Well. The first book is always going to be the best, am I right? I just wish Champion could've denied that statement. But it did not, and now I am here, dejectedly sipping gingerbread tea and morosely eating my cheerios while writing a review that should've been filled with screaming and jumping gifs, yet all it is filled with is a distressed Ariel and a run-on sentence. 2 things: 1. Marie Lu is still an extremely talented writer, and if you think I hate her in any way, shape, or form, I ho Eh. Well. The first book is always going to be the best, am I right? I just wish Champion could've denied that statement. But it did not, and now I am here, dejectedly sipping gingerbread tea and morosely eating my cheerios while writing a review that should've been filled with screaming and jumping gifs, yet all it is filled with is a distressed Ariel and a run-on sentence. 2 things: 1. Marie Lu is still an extremely talented writer, and if you think I hate her in any way, shape, or form, I hope the next time you eat pie it's filled with pig saliva and miley cyrus's tongue. 2. This book was not bad. I do not hate this book. I do not want to slice open the innards of this book and burn it in a bonfire. I still like this book, just not as much as I was hoping too. Off the bat, let me say that I, and many other fellow good readers, had high expectations from Lu. How could I not, after Prodigy? So even before I read the first page, I was expecting a finale even better than Prodigy, even better than Legend, and that is (sadly) not what I got. But you silly nuisance! Do not think I despised this book! I still enjoyed it. I'll admit it: I'm an action junkie. I like kickass protagonists who can hold their own and I hate damsels in distress. June is not by any means a damsel in distress. She's a ninja and she rocks. However, the action aspect of this book was disappointing. Politics and plotting are awesome, yeah, but in moderation. I was craving the adventure and the action. Sure, I got some in the end, but not enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. For the most part, that was the main issue. The action. There were a few minor issues too, but they were few and far between and not really worth mentioning because you probably don't care/I'm irrevocably lazy. YET: (view spoiler)[Am I the only one who gets super pissed off every time the teenage protagonist/love interest have sex? Not that I'm against sex or whatever, but it gets me irritated that society has deemed it "ok" for teenagers. WHAT THE HECK? You're 17, keep it in your pants for once. (hide spoiler)] I will say that June and Day did not entice me as much as normal. I don't know why, I still did like them, but it was difficult for me to feel for them on an emotional level. Why do this happen plz?! Someone tell meh?! Also, it's unnecessary for Eden's hair to be platinum blonde. I'm a redhead, and the only one in my family. Day, John, and Eden don't all need to have the same color hair. I understand why John did and how it was beneficial to the story, but Eden could've been a nice dark brown. Or a dirty blonde. Or even freaking bald. It made me angry and I am confused why it did but it did. That is all. Aaaaand: The ending didn't do it for me. Feel free to attack me in the comments. (Please don't) (I'm only human) Let me elaborate. While the ending may have been a "twist", I was actually kind of expecting it. Seriously, how many times has that happened? I didn't gasp or faint or have a meltdown. I pretty much just sighed and flipped to the next page. (view spoiler)[The "10 years after" part was lame. Sorry. It was cheesy and expected. It may have fulfilled some other readers hopes and wishes, but for me, it was disappointing. Was 10 years required? And why is June still tummy aching over Day? Maybe I'm cruel and heartless, but I would've preferred Day just to completely forget June and them to start all over again, without him remembering. HE WAS FREAKING WEARING THE PAPER CLIP RING. Where the heck did her find that? How did he not lose it? Aren't his fingers bigger by now? Haven't people told him it looks stupid? Ugh. And for a celebrity like him, there's no way he could've walked down that street without anyone noticing. Just sayin'. (hide spoiler)] ... Ok ok ok. I am done. I think I've said enough jibber jabber at the point. So, in the end, an acceptable ending to a well done series. Marie Lu, I'm still a fan and will be reading more from you soon. Day and June, thanks for being badass and having cute names. As much as it pains me to say it, farewell Legend. Thanks for the good times. Hope all of you who celebrate it had a darling Thanksgiving and stuffed yourselves to the point of exploding. If not, screw you and your willpower. I had pie for breakfast. So, onto the next book. Toodaloo.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat (Lost in Neverland)

    Cover Reveal: Come to me, darling. After Finishing WARNING: If you like happy endings, you may not want to read this happy ending-bashing review Almost a year has passed since June Iparis was initiated back into the Republic as one of the new Elector's Princeps-Elect and Day Wing became a part of the Republic's army. The country is on the brink of war as a new plague outbreak sweeps through the Colonies. After not speaking or seeing one another since the day they parted ways, June and Day are sc Cover Reveal: Come to me, darling. After Finishing WARNING: If you like happy endings, you may not want to read this happy ending-bashing review Almost a year has passed since June Iparis was initiated back into the Republic as one of the new Elector's Princeps-Elect and Day Wing became a part of the Republic's army. The country is on the brink of war as a new plague outbreak sweeps through the Colonies. After not speaking or seeing one another since the day they parted ways, June and Day are scheduled to attend a political banquet with the Elector and several other advisers. In order to form an alliance with Antarctica, the desperate Elector asks June to convince Day to surrender his brother to the Republic's scientific team. If they can find a cure to this new plague in Eden's blood, they can win the war before it has even started. But asking Day to give up his brother is like taking away the one thing he has left in the world, and June doesn't want to hurt him anymore than he already has been. Okay, my synopsis writing skills have seriously deteriorated since the beginning of my reading slump. So, this steaming pile of stereotypical dystopia horse shit is the third in Marie Lu's Legend trilogy. Story This series started out so nicely, with compelling characters, engaging plot and storyline albeit with a pretty cliche dystopian concept; plague devastating the lower class, oppressive government, bad scientists, and, of course, lots of guns. But it was good. The second book trudged along at a slower pace, following the typical 'second book curse' of being boring and even adding a shaky third person to a love triangle! And so, Champion started out alright. I loved Elector's character and honestly shipped him with June more than with Day. Adding another cliche factor, an evil male political villain who threatens male character with the 'can't guarantee your female friend's safety' spiel, and the book started to go downhill. It was also concerning that, after 115 years, we only have men as our political leaders. What the fuck's up with that? For 115 years, we still don't have any female presidents? Maybe that's the point though. Since it's a dystopian. All of our leaders are a bunch of white men. That would terrify the shit out of me, honestly. Characters June was a fairly badass heroine in the first book. Both in the second one and this book, she dissolved into a blushing robot for most of the story. She sort of, but not really, redeemed herself towards the end. (view spoiler)[ She still didn't manage to kill her nemesis by herself and had the audacity to feel bad about causing her death afterwards. (hide spoiler)] To be completely honest, I never liked Day as a character. Maybe a little in the first book, but there's just something about him that I find boring and unlikable. It's possible that it's because the 'poor rebel boy falls for rich elitist girl' storyline is getting old. Tess, Pascao and the other minor characters; like Day, I find these characters to be just blah. Eden, one of the redeeming characters in this story, proves himself to be smarter and more practical than his older brother. Elector; naughty thoughts, naughty thoughts, naughty thoughts Plot Good. Decent pacing, kept you mildly interested. The Ending, aka, Why I Rated This Book 1 Star. SPOILERS Let me tell you first how I would have ended this book if it were mine. 1. Day would have died. 2. June, heartbroken but pulling through, would have eventually married Anden and become a soldier with Day still in her heart. Okay, let's review; Day has spent the whole book with a brain virus and is repeatedly told he has only months to live. Then, in the final battle scene, he is shot twice, in the chest and in the hip. You'd think, with all that crap, a person would die, right? Especially a gun shot wound to the CHEST, he would die almost immediately, yeah? Well, this is YA, after all, where splitting up the two original love interests or, god forbid, killing a main character is considered a fucking audacity. (in which John Green maniacally laughs in the distance) June, crouching by her fallen lover, decides to pray for the first time in her life, begging a higher power to save him and that she'll do anything to keep him. So, at this point, I was thinking, Because I knew he was going to live anyway. But I didn't think the reason behind it would be because June started praying. Let me get this out there before I go into full bitch mode; I don't hate religion. In fact, I think it's great for someone to have faith in something and for it to make them feel better. What I don't like about religion is when people try to convert you or make it the reason for being stupid or make religion seem like the best thing ever and that it cures everything. It doesn't work like that. So, this 'miracle', in which after five months of being in a coma, Day is perfectly healthy again. Because, you know, praying for something to happen immediately fixes everything, even imminent death. So, Day then wakes up from his coma, and, lo and behold, he has memory loss. Not even major memory loss, I mean, he loses his memories specifically of her. Oh, so this is the 'she'd do anything to make him live' part. Might I remind everybody that this is dystopia, not fantasy. It's almost as if she made a deal with a demon that was all, "Okay, I'll save his ass but he loses his memories of you, lol sorry." THIS ISN'T SUPERNATURAL, JUNE. LIFE DOESN'T WORK LIKE THAT. Seriously. Miss Lu, I think you need to take some advice from George R. R. Martin or Doctor Who. It is okay to kill off main characters. So, ten years later, after condemning herself to a lifetime of loneliness because god forbid she loves anyone other than her first fucking boyfriend, Day miraculously remembers June and happy ending! Hey, I have nothing against happy endings. When they're unrealistic, choke religion down your throat, and are just plain fucking stupid, then I hate them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    This is me after rereading the last chapter over and over again... Why the hell do you do that and make everyone wait a year! She should have said " I love you!" That's what i'm waiting for, so that better be like the first line in the book! Not in her head, needs to be said directly to him! Like this: But Day I just wanna...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)

    Solid book. Solid ending. Solid trilogy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    Perfect books are just.. perfect! *wiping tears of happiness* This is one of the best conclusions to a series! The very best. Seriously! And it felt so ..right, you know? Not all butterflies and cheers and happiness, but right and real and beautiful and raw. The action, the suspense, the dramatic romance, the bittersweet ending… every moment and every page, every single word in this book.. EVERYTHING was perfect. I couldn’t have imagined a better ending for this series, I wouldn’t have it any oth Perfect books are just.. perfect! *wiping tears of happiness* This is one of the best conclusions to a series! The very best. Seriously! And it felt so ..right, you know? Not all butterflies and cheers and happiness, but right and real and beautiful and raw. The action, the suspense, the dramatic romance, the bittersweet ending… every moment and every page, every single word in this book.. EVERYTHING was perfect. I couldn’t have imagined a better ending for this series, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Without emotion, what’s the point of being human? June and Day’s journey has been filled with so much heartbreak over these 3 books and I sobbed a bit near the ending for all that they’ve been trough, for the injustice of life, for how much they have lost (especially Day because -as I’ve said a million times already- June has had it so much easier than him). But I have hope, there’s a bittersweet taste in their new beginning and I loved those last few pages for giving me some sort of peace of mind, for leaving my heart feeling this light. I also loved the ending for the lack of selfishness, for taking its time such that those souls could heal, for filling me with so many emotions. I am definitely giving away more than I want to, but for once I don’t care because I’ve been holding my breath the whole time waiting for Day and June to meet again, hoping for them to find a way back together, crying inside for all the things that have put a world of a wall between them, dropping my eyes into my mouth at some mind-blowing turnarounds and crying like a baby when things went terribly wrong. What more do you want from me? How much a heart can take without breaking? So this is me, falling in love again with a breathtaking series. This is me saying again my goodbyes (and oh, my poor heart! This year will be full of book-goodbyes, I should get used to the heartbreak). This is me telling you once more: Go read this book and then come back to talk about it ;) Happy midnight reading! ______________ Later edit (Dec 2018): It’s been a while, but the tears in my eyes tell me that this is still the best ending to a series. Of course, we now know that this is not the actual ending, that soon a 4th book will come out, but it doesn’t make it less emotional or perfect. (And please, please, please, let the next book be just as good as the previous ones!) Champion is my favourite book in the series, hands down, and I trully wish to see what comes next. My heart is broken, but through those cracks there is so much hope spilling. I’ve loved this series because of Day, but in the end there’s this chance for June to shine just as brightly. Her ache was my ache, her longing was mine... Oh Day, aren’t you one of the best fictional crush ever? Let’s hope for some long summer days now, shall we? Read this and more at: ReadingAfterMidnight.com * Also, the images sources can be found on the blog. ___________________________________________ Blog (EN) | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog (RO) ____________________________________________

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    I'M A MESS! MY HEART'S A MESS!! I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FEEL!?!?! I'm so incredibly emotional right now I think I need some serious help...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    EDIT 14/3/2015: I MET MARIE LU AND IT WAS FUCKING GLORIOUS. SIGNED COPY, BITCHES. After I finished Champion, I just stared at the wall for several minutes, trying to sort out my feels. For the rest of the night, I was numb, unable to do homework or anything constructive because Marie HAD ripped a hole in my heart that can only be filled by another good book (though it'd most likely tear me a new one, too. Dammit) The Characters: Day: He was my favorite character throughout the series. Nothing to say EDIT 14/3/2015: I MET MARIE LU AND IT WAS FUCKING GLORIOUS. SIGNED COPY, BITCHES. After I finished Champion, I just stared at the wall for several minutes, trying to sort out my feels. For the rest of the night, I was numb, unable to do homework or anything constructive because Marie HAD ripped a hole in my heart that can only be filled by another good book (though it'd most likely tear me a new one, too. Dammit) The Characters: Day: He was my favorite character throughout the series. Nothing to say here. June: I love June. She's a refreshing character and love her growth throughout the series. I love her relationship with Day, and with Metias. (view spoiler)[Especially during the scene at the end, where she visits Metias' grave. Broke my heart. (hide spoiler)] Tess: She truly grows up here and I love her all the more for it. “So, when I thought June might take you away, I didn’t know what to do. I felt like she was taking everything that mattered to me. I felt like she was taking away from you all the things that I didn’t have. That’s why I’m sorry. I’m sorry because you shouldn’t have to be everything to me. I had you, but I’d forgotten that I had myself too.” Well done, Tess. Anden: Even though I ship Day and June, I also like Anden. I felt that his relationship with June was realistic. And there was no battle between Day and Anden—no "She's mine!" "No! She's mine!" going on. Not much angst. I like that. (view spoiler)[I especially liked how June dated him for a while, but they parted on good terms because they knew it couldn't work. Marie Lu wrapped up the love triangle very well here. (hide spoiler)] The Ending: All I can say is that this ending blew me away. It's bittersweet, made me want to cry, yet gave me hope at the same time. Even though some parts of the ending was illogical (view spoiler)[Ten years, and Day still hasn't gotten his memory back? I thought the doctor said it would only be a short-term memory loss. And wouldn't anyone have mentioned June to Day? And the paper clip ring—even though I think it's really sweet, and I really love it, there's no way it can fit after so many years. (hide spoiler)] And when I was pondering the ending for the umpteenth time when I was supposed to writing my essay on the development of feminism (aced it). The song "All Too Well" popped in my head. I took the liberty of replacing some of the lyrics to fit it around June and Day's story because it is simply beautiful: I walked through the door with you The air was cold But something 'bout it felt like home somehow and I Gave you a paper clip ring And you still got it on your hand even now Oh, your sweet disposition And my wide-eyed gaze We're trying to stay alive, getting lost in the Republic Winter snow falling down like pieces into place And I can picture it after all these days And I know it's long gone, and that magic´s not here no more And it might be okay, but I'm not fine at all Cause here we are again on that little sector street You sabotaged the assassination cause you were looking over at me Wind in my hair, I was there, I remember it all too well Our clothes lay in the corner Your cheeks were turning red You used to be a little kid with an attitude in a small-sized house And your mother got shot You tell me about your past, just to have your family ruined by me And I know it's long gone, and there was nothing else I could do And I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to Cause here we are again in the middle of the night I’m teaching you fighting moves in the warehouse light Down the stairs, I was there, I remember it all too well Yeah And maybe we got lost in translation Maybe I asked for too much But maybe this thing was a masterpiece ´til I tore it all up Running scared, I was there, I remember it all too well Five months pass and you forget me just to break me like a promise So casually cruel in the name of being honest I'm a crumbled up piece of paper lying here Cause I remember it all all all too well Time won't fly it's like I'm paralyzed by it I´d like to be my old self again But I'm still trying to find it After military shirt days and nights when you made me your own Now I mail back your things and I walk home alone But you keep my paper clip ring from that very first week Cause it reminds you of something missing and that something is me You can't get rid of it, cause you remember it all too well Cause there we are again when I loved you so Back before we lost the one real thing we've ever known It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well Wind in my hair, you were there, you remember it all Down the stairs, you were there, you remember it all It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well Champion is a really powerful conclusion to the Legend trilogy and easily one of the best series I've ever read (which is really weird because I thought the first book was just meh. Never have I been so glad to be proved wrong.) Now excuse me while I let my feels take over.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I am rating this 5 stars even though I had quite a few problems with it, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a few things that I wish were tied up better and the ending was a bit frustrating at first, but I'm leaving this trilogy feeling satisfied.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    You have GOT to be kidding me!! 2014?!?!?! After that ending? Oh hell no!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lily ☁️

    “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.” Are you familiar with the feeling of not knowing which book to read next, and not really wanting to, because there’s that sinking feeling in your stomach, that knowledge, that no other book will ever rival the one you just finished? That’s how I feel right now. Because, in all seriousness, Champion is perfection. There are only a handful of books that have received a fiv “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.” Are you familiar with the feeling of not knowing which book to read next, and not really wanting to, because there’s that sinking feeling in your stomach, that knowledge, that no other book will ever rival the one you just finished? That’s how I feel right now. Because, in all seriousness, Champion is perfection. There are only a handful of books that have received a five star rating from me so far, as I only give one in instances where there is not a single thing I would change about it. Meaning, that I love every little detail; from the plot to the characters and to the progression of the storyline, the relationships, the ups, the downs ... and Marie Lu created that exact book with Champion. It’s seems quite unbelievable to me that, only three days ago, I hadn’t even touched the first book in the Legend series, and now I’m sitting here typing a review for the last installment in it. But what’s even more unbelievable is that each book surpassed the prior with its fast-paced, well-plotted, and utterly mesmerizing and addictive quality. I don’t want to say too much about the storyline so as not to spoil anything, but suffice it to say that words couldn’t describe the twists and turns the plot navigates, all the emotions it inspires, the love, the angst, and the joy, as well as the tears you’ll shed (which, if you’re not completely heartless, you definitely will). You’ll finish the Legend series actually feeling like you grew up with Day, June, and the others, as the character development throughout the series is simply brilliant. Champion is the perfect ending to an amazing series—more than I’d dared to hope for, and certainly more than I’d ever expected—and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to wrap up the trilogy. Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram

  19. 4 out of 5

    Farah 🌈

    ———before THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS OF CHAMPION I CAN'T. (x) ---- THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK SO BADLY IT HURTS. ACCIO NOVEMBER! Nope? Nothing? *okay* -- NOVEMBER 5th? Really? That feels like an eon away. It's weird but ^ this GIF hurts me more than any book release date ever could.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    I'm sad. And I really really really liked this book. It was so AWESOME and full of action and love and grieve and ME CRYING IN MY BED HUGGING IT. This book made me realize that dystopian books never end well enough for me to be happy. This ending was a little like Cassie Clare's Clockwork Princess: A sad happy ending. And I REALLY liked the ending, but oh, it made me cry so much. I think what June decided at the end was really noble, but I don't know, also a little coward? I think Day and her wou I'm sad. And I really really really liked this book. It was so AWESOME and full of action and love and grieve and ME CRYING IN MY BED HUGGING IT. This book made me realize that dystopian books never end well enough for me to be happy. This ending was a little like Cassie Clare's Clockwork Princess: A sad happy ending. And I REALLY liked the ending, but oh, it made me cry so much. I think what June decided at the end was really noble, but I don't know, also a little coward? I think Day and her would have overcome all the pain of the past eventually, they would've healed each other. And UGH, then when I saw how many years passed between the last chapter and the epilogue, I WAS FLOORED! SO MANY YEARS! Yes, the ending gave me hope. AND YES, I think Day deserved the chance June got him, BUT BUT BUT--- *le cries again* All in all, I loved this book and I loved the series. I think I'll be rereading it in a few years.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    Book, you deserve to be hit over the head, nothing more, nothing less. (Link: http://vampirekiki.deviantart.com/art...) Note: I read the Chinese translation of this book, won't bother to pick up the English text. I would have given this book 2 or even 3 stars, if the warfare and the politic weren't handled in such a clumsy way *and* the ending hadn't turned out as ridiculous as this: (1) The Ending: (view spoiler)[ (i) Day lost his memory, after the war he is viewed by all as a hero, he also gets a fr Book, you deserve to be hit over the head, nothing more, nothing less. (Link: http://vampirekiki.deviantart.com/art...) Note: I read the Chinese translation of this book, won't bother to pick up the English text. I would have given this book 2 or even 3 stars, if the warfare and the politic weren't handled in such a clumsy way *and* the ending hadn't turned out as ridiculous as this: (1) The Ending: (view spoiler)[ (i) Day lost his memory, after the war he is viewed by all as a hero, he also gets a fresh start together with his younger brother (not to mention he is also free to date whatever girls he wants in his spare time), whilst June, the heroine, lost every single one of her family (even her dog), gets a broken love relationship and is still pinning after Day (who doesn't even remember she exists) AFTER TEN FUCKING YEARS. Yeah, how dare the heroine finds another love interest, finds happiness and has a fulfilling life without the hero!? (ii) How they managed to win the war, you ask? By the end Day did a broadcast and told the citizens to protect their country *out of the blue*, and those *untrained and unprepared* citizens went into uprising to fight *trained and armed* soldiers and guess what? The citizens won! How fucking realistic. (hide spoiler)] (iii) Did Marie Lu write one single word to honor those nameless men and women who died defending their country in the final battle? Did she ever write one word about their loved ones who were left behind? No. Their death is glossed over by a single 'many people will die' remark, just like a forgettable footnote. Everything has to be about Day, he is the hero, no one else can steal his spotlight, other people's brave deeds and sacrifices are NOTHING comparing with Day and his glory. I. Want. To. Throw. Up. (2) The main characters: He is a Legend. Really? Seriously? When Day's own little brother (of all people) is calling him out on being selfish, I don't think Day really is worthy of being looked upon by his countrymen, NOT AT ALL. Day, you can also get down your high horse and stop bitching about how the Republic doesn't care about the lives of the poor people, because obviously you don't care about the lives of the poor people neither (view spoiler)[when you won't even agree to let doctors take samples from your brother so they might develop a cure for the deadly disease *which is killing the poor citizens*! (hide spoiler)] People, honestly you guys really believe a whinny, selfish boy like this is worthy of being a fucking legend which inspires the entire country? And I truly doubt whether Day would hand his brother over if (view spoiler)[Tess didn't get ill. (hide spoiler)] And please don't tell me how Day is being selfish because he is only human; when so many things are at stake and so many people are looking up to you, that left little rooms for humanly flaws and selfishness to be tolerated. She is a Prodigy. Okay, June actually is a lot more agreeable than before, she uses her brain, she gets things done, she doesn't whine or complain; she is such a darling when we place her right next to Day. What more can I ask for from a YA heroine? I'd admit it, in this book June is an okay-ish character, really. But I am damn sure she is viewed as a prodigy *only because everyone around her are hopeless idiots*. (3) The romance: I don't give a damn that (view spoiler)[Day and June don't get to be together in the end, (hide spoiler)] their relationship is painful to look at anyway. Day is a selfish, self-pitying asshole who should be avoided by every girl out there. I mean, the guy has the nerve to sleep with June then right after that he decides to dump her because he can't deal with the fact she had a part in his family being murdered? What a jerk! Why doesn't he say that to June: "I can't forget you cased my family's death but I still want to fuck you anyway" and see how she would react? (4) The writing: The writing is okay-ish and I can sense efforts on world building and character build-up. However, Ms. Lu never manages to make me care about her characters, what is going on around them and the emotions her characters have gone through always feels really 'Tell, Not Show'. I feel like I'm merely reading footnotes whenever I read to the parts where I'm supposed to be shocked, saddened or outraged. I feel nothing. (5) The believability of the story...or the lack of it: The author still can't give me enough evidence to believe Day is worthy of being fanboying/fangirling over by *the entire country* (he is loved by everyone in such a Gary Stu fashion). As to June, she spends most of the book having meetings with politicians and having her romance with Day being the gossip material of the citizens. *sighs* You know what? Only guys like Day and Anden get to have any real influence and power over the country and the citizens, and a girl like June, who is supposed to be in an important position, only gets to attempt meetings she hates and sits pretty. Also, not to mention Anden is the one who keeps the politicians at check, because you know...you can't really expect a woman to be powerful and scary enough to keep people in line, right? Also, not to mention the only female character who has been in the position of a leader is the villain who is responsible for the death of both June and Day's families. *sighs* By the way, I don't find it to be realistic for almost all of the adults in the book to all be useless/greedy/bad so teenagers must handle the warfare and save the day. It also isn't realistic for people to keep talking about how Day is the true power that keeps the Republic going. Here's Ferdy's review for this book, and her thoughts pretty much mirror my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    book #4 complete! for the contemporary-a-thon look, i'm well aware that this isn't technically a contemporary book but our world is looking pretty dystopian right now so i'm totally counting it :) can someone give me some plaster pls, i need to fix the whole in my heart

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    GENRE: YA/DYSTOPIAN/ROMANCE Champion is the anticipated last book in the Marie Lu's stunning dystopian Legend trilogy.... and by the end it left me feeling a LOT like this... If you are thinking this will end 'happily ever after', think again. I mean, why would you even think that since ,like, 99.9% of dystopian books these days end up freaking tragically? I was screaming in my head. This.Cannot.Be.Happening.Again. All i want is a decent, happy ending to a good dystopian trilogy! Am i asking for GENRE: YA/DYSTOPIAN/ROMANCE Champion is the anticipated last book in the Marie Lu's stunning dystopian Legend trilogy.... and by the end it left me feeling a LOT like this... If you are thinking this will end 'happily ever after', think again. I mean, why would you even think that since ,like, 99.9% of dystopian books these days end up freaking tragically? I was screaming in my head. This.Cannot.Be.Happening.Again. All i want is a decent, happy ending to a good dystopian trilogy! Am i asking for too much?! Maybe later i'll explain a little bit why i felt that way..but first let me calm down a bit. I just finished the book...ok? Sorry that i'm not sorry i'm being a little bit emotional over here. You would (or do) understand if you've read Champion. Buy anyways...meet my dream cast.... **************************** “Before me is the boy who has bandaged my wounds on the streets of the Lake, who has guarded his family with every bone in his body, who has stayed by my side in spite of everything, the boy of light and laughter and life, of grief and fury and passion, the boy whose fate is intertwined with mine, forever and always.” –June ******************************** HE IS LEGEND Day has gone from the Republic's most wanted criminal, to the Republic's most loved and respected hero. After everything that has happened, everyone thought their country was at the brink of a peaceful existence. They couldn't be more wrong. A plague outbreak deadlier than any other has arisen and war threatens. SHE IS PRODIGY June is the Republic's greatest prodigy. She is the only one who can save her country. June's and Day's feelings towards each other get in the way though. They have both sacrificed eveything, and now they have to make the ultimate choice... Their happiness and love....or the Republic's survival? Time is running out. Let the countdown begin... I couldn't get into it as its been a while since i last read the previous books (Legend and Prodigy). Now, not re-reading them before starting Champion was a HUGE mistake on my part because as a result i couldn't remember what happened, recall some characters, and it stopped me from fully enjoying the book. So PLEASE do make the effort and do re-read them if it's been a while, and i promise you'll be thanking me for it later. CHARACTERS. June; I felt like June was a very responsible protagonist who didn't really act her age. I wish she was more wild and had more freedom, but i understand in the world she lives in that's, like, kind of impossible. I didn't necessarly 'approve' of her actions (e.g getting into politics), and at times i was like 'what are you doing?'. I would say, looking back, she changed drastically, for the better or worse i do not yet know. But i loved how supportive, (and in my opinion) unselfish she was. And i loved how she would do anything to protect her country and the people she cares about. ********************** "“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. There will never be another like you. You realize that, don’t you? Billions of people will come and go in this world, but there will never be another like you.” –Day ************************* Day; Sometimes i liked/loved him, other times i didn't. But at the end he stole my heart, or rather made me realize he had it all along. Very caring, reckless, smart, and i would say an inspiring protagonist (much like June), but his love for his family was much stronger than that for his country. Day is a very thoughtful character who always thinks of others and how they might feel. I love how courageous he was throughout the book. (view spoiler)[And even with the illness and his time running out, (hide spoiler)] he stood strong and constantly gave hope to the Republic. *************************** "The Republic is weak and broken." I narrow my eyes. "But it is still your country. Fight for it. This is your home, not theirs." -Day ************************** The dystopian world The world Marie Lu has created is rather unique, very well thoughtout and it felt like the author knew exactly what she was doing with it. It was exceptionally well developed, and i loved it. We got a lot more info and background as to how and why things are the way they are. In Prodigy we got to visit the Colonies, in Champion we get to visit Antarctica...and oh my, what an experience it was! That must have been the coolest place i ever read about! If i was to live in Lu's world, Antarctica would be the place i would definitely want to live in! THE ENDING . Originally, i was about to give Champion 3 stars, but because the NEAR end was so amazingly action-packed, emotional and gripping that it actually left me at the edge of my seat, i gave it 4 instead. (view spoiler)[And OMG, guys, i was like having a panic attack when Day was having his speech on the Colonies plane and he jumped down, then they were like shooting at him, and then the stuff with June and Commander Jameson, and Day nearly dying and seeing his mother. AND June going to her brothers grave and telling him stuff. (hide spoiler)] The very end was stupid. It ended like many other dystopian and other books have ended and i was disappointed and TIRED of that. I don't understand why authors do that?! It's not that it was 'wrong' or 'bad', it's just that it was sad and MOST OF ALL UNSATISFYING , and it felt like there was no closure at all. I had HOPE things will turn out well. But then we get the '10 years later' crap. (view spoiler)[And the last 2 sentences - "Hi, i'm Daniel." "Hi, I'm June." (hide spoiler)] And i'm all like "Bitch, what the f*ck is this sh*t?". (view spoiler)[I don't freaking get how he did not remember her after 10 years. That is ridiculous! Naturally, and LOGICALLY, someone would have told him about June (e.g Eden, or Tess, or ANYONE), NOT TO MENTION that the DOCTORS actually SAID Day's memory loss isn't really long-term and he would get them back. 10 YEARS!!!! I think that is long enough! And June got on my nerves because the only reason why she hasn't told him is cause she's all like 'he's better of without me'. (hide spoiler)] Overall Champion was a really good conclusion to the trilogy if we are talking about the 'world building', but in terms of relationships and perhaps plot wise it was a disaster and i think there should be another book. There are still many things that can happen. My main problem was that i couldn't really get into it. But all in all, i enjoyed it and would definitely recommend you pick up the trilogy if you haven't yet. Sincerely - The Critic

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    what a way to end a series, oh man.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristalia

    Final rating: 5/5 stars You're gonna suffer, but you are going to be happy about it. - Ron, Harry Potter “You once told me why you chose ‘Day’ as your street name,” she says firmly. She moves her hand so that it’s over mine, hiding the paper clip ring from view. The warmth of her skin against mine makes my breath short. “Every morning, everything’s possible again. Right?” (...) Finally, I take a deep breath. “Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as ha Final rating: 5/5 stars You're gonna suffer, but you are going to be happy about it. - Ron, Harry Potter “You once told me why you chose ‘Day’ as your street name,” she says firmly. She moves her hand so that it’s over mine, hiding the paper clip ring from view. The warmth of her skin against mine makes my breath short. “Every morning, everything’s possible again. Right?” (...) Finally, I take a deep breath. “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.” What an interesting conclusion to one of my favorite trilogies. I was shocked, stunned and really surprised by it - i didn't except this kind of ending, but i have to say - it was perfect solution (and most logical one). It doesn't help that i cried last 10 percent (wait, when i think about it, i cried a lot of times in this book...which was unusual), but most important of all, this trilogy has (view spoiler)[ HEA (hide spoiler)] ending. And i am satisfied. Without emotion, what’s the point of being human? ____________________________________________ STORY : ____________________________________________ It continues few months after the second book ended. Day and June are separated from each other, and went their seperate ways: June to become Princeps-Elect, and Day to live his life the way he wanted to - in safety with his family. But they are reunited once again when Colonies declare war on Republic - and the odds are not looking good for Republic. The story was also well done, even though it had its flaws, but nonetheless, it was great. I couldn't stop reading it, and i didn't want to. It was really hard for me to go to university and not read... I am just grateful i wasn't reading ending in public (hahahhaa cause that would suck considering i freaking cried like a baby (with sad and happy tears and stuff)).... ____________________________________________ CHARACTERS : ____________________________________________ He pulls away long enough to look me desperately in the eyes. “If you don’t love me, just say it—you have to help me. It’d probably be for the best. It’d make it easier to stay away from you, wouldn’t it? I can let go.” He says it like he’s trying to convince himself. “I can let go, if you don’t love me.” He says this as if he thinks I’m the stronger one. But I’m not. I can’t keep this up any better than he can. “No,” I say through gritted teeth and blurry vision. “I can’t help you. Because I do love you.” There it is, out in the open. “I’m in love with you,” I repeat. Marie Lu did not disappoint considering these books are her first works. I love her captivating writing style and i love her characters (most of all June and Day), even secondary ones, and even those i tried not to like (like (view spoiler)[ Thomas (hide spoiler)] ). They were well done, with a nice character developement (especially Anden). My heart was breaking mostly for Day and June and their struggles. Especially Day, who wanted to sort things out and even though he was brave, he did crumble inside bit by bit. And it felt like we saw the REAL him through this book. And June was great as well, she took her role and position in the world seriously and she had done the right thing, right till the end ((view spoiler)[ i wanted to bitch-slap her near the end though, but yes... in her situation... it was hard and difficult choice, but it turned out to be the right one. (hide spoiler)] ). “You drive me insane, June,” he murmurs against my hair. “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. There will never be another like you. You realize that, don’t you? Billions of people will come and go in this world,” he says softly, “but there will never be another like you.” Tess ended up to be more mature and reasonable than i thought, and i am happy because of that, but i was mostly surprised with Anden , who amazed me by proving himself to be worth leader and great ruler - just what the Republic needed. Eden was strong and loveable character, and not to mention cute and adorable as well. And so on and on...the point is..they were well done and i loved it. ____________________________________________ OVERALL : ____________________________________________ I love this trilogy - i loved it from the begining. There was just something there that captivated me, and i am so happy that this ending was so well done. It was the most perfect solution and even though it is (view spoiler)[ bittersweet HEA (hide spoiler)] , it was worth it. This whole trilogy is something that i enjoyed and also i will never regret reading it. And this book was the best so far. There’s a voice telling me to get up. When I look to my side, I see a boy holding out his hand to me. He has bright blue eyes, dirt on his face, and a beat-up old cap on, and at this moment, I think he might be the most beautiful boy I’ve ever seen. My wandering has led me to the beginning of our journey together. I suppose it’s only fitting for me to be here at that journey’s end. ____________________________________________ ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ____________________________________________ MY LEGEND REVIEWS: ◉ Legend (Legend, #1) ◉ Prodigy (Legend, #2) ◉ Champion (Legend, #3)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Simona Bartolotta

    I... I need a moment. A night. A day (Daaaay I will never be able to use this word mindlessly again). So I don't know when the review will be ready. Could be in half an hour as well as tomorrow. When my feelings will be fine again, instead, well, that's another story. A few hours later (or whatever. I think this series deprived me of my sense of time): "Our dance around each other always seems like it's doomed to repeat itself over and over again." Marie Lu officially enters the circle of my favour I... I need a moment. A night. A day (Daaaay I will never be able to use this word mindlessly again). So I don't know when the review will be ready. Could be in half an hour as well as tomorrow. When my feelings will be fine again, instead, well, that's another story. A few hours later (or whatever. I think this series deprived me of my sense of time): "Our dance around each other always seems like it's doomed to repeat itself over and over again." Marie Lu officially enters the circle of my favourite authors, and honestly I can't quite put my finger on why I didn't acknowledge it before. On second thoughts, though, probably I was waiting for this. This, a book to definitely shatter my heart, once and for all, with no doubt, with no return. And now that I am broken, there is nothing left to do but try to piece together the outcome of this journey, what it has given to or either taken from me. (This was made by Marie Lu herself. I am still trying to see if I can think about something this woman is not impossibly good at.) Champion is the deign grand finale to a magnificent series. It answers all of our question, it doesn't leave any loose ends behind. But it doesn't just comply, it doesn't just get the work done; it goes beyong. Oh, so far beyond. What makes this book wonderful is not the plot, good but average. We have some pretty clever plot twists that truly surprised me (view spoiler)[(the Colonies that arrange for sure to be the patient zero for a new branch of plague virus, and all of that happening right in front of our eyes -and don't say you knew it, because you didn't- it's simply mind-blowing), (hide spoiler)] but I wouldn't exactly call them remarkable, in the sense that the beauty of the book does not rest on them. What makes this book wonderful is not the politics, one of the things I am more likely to enjoy when well done. What makes this book wonderful is not even the unexpectedness of that ending, because personally I saw it coming from the end of Prodigy, when (view spoiler)[Day's doctor claimed that the problem was close to his hippocampus; and in the exact moment in which I read that line I just knew and began to bleed internally. No wonder I am kind of drained now (hide spoiler)] . And anyway, let's specify, the fact that I had foreseen it doesn't mean I didn't love it through and through. "Days don’t last forever, you know." No. What makes this book wonderful, once again, is the mesmerizing, vertiginous depth that Marie Lu bestowed on her marvellous characters. June and Day's relationship is so well-written and developed- so complex, so torn, so conflicted and, for these very reasons, so unbearably romantic and captivating. I cared for them very deeply, and utterly adored the game they played throughout the series, circling around each other dreading to close the distance as much as to be apart, and I adored how the threads of grief and loss intertwined with those of love and trust. Moreover, I also love the way Marie Lu handles romance: she knows how to give it a pivotal role without making it seem heavy or annoying. So, yes, to me, they were perfect. Also to the matter of the loyalty to one's own country is a rather strong theme in the book, and it too is dealt with in the typical way of Lu's magic pen, that is to say, with close attention and without triviality. Here, I think I just figured out another of the main reasons why I admire this author so much: she doesn't even knows what a stereotype is, and if she uses some, she destroys it and then rebuilds it completely anew, she remodels it from the inside. And I. love. this. I love her complexity and the intricacy of her stories, not on a concrete level, but on a conceptual one. In Marie Lu's world there is no black nor white. In Marie Lu's world there is your heart, and what you decide to do with it. In Marie Lu's world there is a boy who walks in the light, and a girl who's brave enough to let him reach it. To give it to him even if it means to take it away from herself. And the rest... the rest is Legend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eva Rose

    All that drama and feelings! It was really great. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Marie Lu has done a wonderful job taking June and Day from being two infatuated teens to full blown love. I am so very, very happy with this series ending. Lu outdid herself in the feelings and plot department. Marie Lu has really grown as a writer, she portrays feelings on a much deeper level and her abilities to flesh out the subtle intricacies of June and Day's relationship have grown. Champion no longer hinge on ac All that drama and feelings! It was really great. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Marie Lu has done a wonderful job taking June and Day from being two infatuated teens to full blown love. I am so very, very happy with this series ending. Lu outdid herself in the feelings and plot department. Marie Lu has really grown as a writer, she portrays feelings on a much deeper level and her abilities to flesh out the subtle intricacies of June and Day's relationship have grown. Champion no longer hinge on action scenes and June and Day interacting, it now had a plot and a growing sense of urgency. I don't want to spoil the ending or points of tension for anyone but let me tell any of the die hard fans out there just this; There is nothing to be afraid of, buy this book and enjoy it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Belle

    Well I just cried because of this book and that is not an easy thing to do. I think a total of about three books have ever made me cry before. It was just perfect. It was all a person could ask for in a final book. It was all that Allegiant and Mockingjay weren't. Congratulations Marie Lu on your success and for creating a trilogy with three flawless books. It's a really hard thing to do, I have read enough series that loose their amazing before they get the chance to conclude. It most certa Well I just cried because of this book and that is not an easy thing to do. I think a total of about three books have ever made me cry before. It was just perfect. It was all a person could ask for in a final book. It was all that Allegiant and Mockingjay weren't. Congratulations Marie Lu on your success and for creating a trilogy with three flawless books. It's a really hard thing to do, I have read enough series that loose their amazing before they get the chance to conclude. It most certainly has a golden place in my heart! My only complaint is that I kind of wanted June to be the "champion" but I'm okay with it. I just like June a little bit better than Day. I consistently liked her, unlike Day. Though I have this suspicion that Marie Lu made me not like him as much in Prodigy on purpose. But I really grew to love him in Champion. And I must say that Antarctica creeped me the heck out. It was so cool to read about, but if there was ever actually a place like that... I just wouldn't be able to handle that. Another great thing about this series is that Marie Lu knew exactly what she as doing. Even if she didn't have it all planned out, she did what she had to do. She didn't cause so much drama that there was no way to resolve it in a final book *coughs* Allegiant *coughs* The rest of the world was it's own problem. It was refreshing to read a dystopian novel where there is actually life and politics outside of America. I think the only other book I've personally read like that is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I think not having to explain the lack of countries and people helped Marie Lu to focus on the story she was telling. Most dystopians avoid keeping other countries around for convenience, but it was really one of the things that kept these books interesting. I think that a lot of authors who write dystopian get so lost because they create a world that they find they can't explain making their story hard to believe. Everything about this book was wonderful. It's really hard for me to let go of this series because each book came to me at a very interesting time in my life. I read the whole series in less than a year, yet I had to wait for each book release and when I read each individual book I felt like a slightly different person. I look forward to Marie Lu's next series The Young Elites If anyone can pull off such a story she can! P.S. The maps in both Prodigy and Champion are gorgeous! Pre-Release I finished Prodigy this morning (stayed up super late... yeah) and by the last 150 pages I was on an absolute emotional wreck. The book is not really that emotional but The night before I stayed up to read Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick so I had only gotten 5 and a half hours of sleep AND it was already super late. Its funny though, when we get that news about Day at the end I found it exciting. I think it could be really interesting to the story. As long as he lives. He better live. So this book is actually a 4.5 stars. Even though it is amazing and very interesting I have a few problems with it, unlike Legend, a solid 5 star. First of all, Tess. Why. Just no. And wasn't Tess excited to see June in Legend when she went to pay Keade to help Day escape, even after she did all of those things to him. I really hope we don't have a crazy not-exactly-a-love-triangle-but-close on our hands. Think about it. There is Day, Tess, Anden, and June. But Tess left and June (hopefully) still likes Day and it's just all so messed up. My last complaint was that Day was so mean to June. After their fight she was apologizing and being all nice and he was all "Whatever." She gave up everything for him and he was being a jerk. Still like them together, though. I cannot wait for the next book and I am super excited to see the font color of it. Am I the only one who's eyes went all crazy going from the blue font to the black? It would give the black a reddish tint. Anyways, Prodigy is so amazing and so pretty. I loved the map and the quality of the pages. The cover of prodigy made the first book look like crap when you put them next to each other but they still look like a series. Awesome. So yeah Can't wait. Day, if you die, I am going to kill you!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna {Book Passion For Life}

    "You drive me insane, June." He murmurs against my hair. "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. There will never be another like you. You realise that, don't you?" I tilt my face up to see him. His eyes reflect the faint lights from the JumboTrons, a rainbow of evening colours. "Billions of people will come and go in this world," he says softly, "but there will never be another like you." Starting 8 m "You drive me insane, June." He murmurs against my hair. "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. There will never be another like you. You realise that, don't you?" I tilt my face up to see him. His eyes reflect the faint lights from the JumboTrons, a rainbow of evening colours. "Billions of people will come and go in this world," he says softly, "but there will never be another like you." Starting 8 months after Prodigy finished, we see June working as a Princeps Elect and learning the political side to the war, and then we see Day receiving a high level military position. June and Day haven't seen each other in months, but soon they are reunited when the Elector informs them that a new plague has broken out and the Republic are being blamed. The only way the Colonies will not start another war with them, is if they come up with a cure, but the cure the Republic may have, may lie with Day's brother Eden. But will Day give up his brother so others may live? I don't even know where to start telling you how much I completely adore this series, it's definitely one of my favourites and as a writer Marie Lu continues to deliver epic work. Champion was a book for that gave me so many conflicting feelings before I even started reading. I was dreading it because I was so nervous about how it would end, and of course I was excited because I couldn't wait to see how it ends - see the conflicting feelings? Well, let me tell you that Marie Lu held my heart in her hands from the moment I started reading, and she didn't let go until the end! Marie Lu really did pull out the stops with Champion - if you like mind-blowing, non-stop action, then this is for you. She doesn't leave one dull moment, if it's not the action keeping you glued to this book then, it's your emotions pulling you in every different direction. The plot of the story increased a lot in Prodigy, and it only increases again in Champion. There's so many different factors in this book that had to all come together and I believe it was done so well. Marie Lu's imagination really has no limits - she really does have a creative mind. June and Day have really grown as characters - they're independent, selfless and strong characters - ones that have the fate of the world on their shoulder and who constantly sacrifice their own happiness for the rest of the world. June and Day's voice work so well together during this series, that reading the dual point of view really was a pleasure to read. Their love for one another is truly touching, it's one that completely consumes you and leaves you a bundle of nerves. All the odds are against them as a couple - even more so when Day's illness was introduced in Prodigy - but Marie Lu doesn't leave her readers disappointed. She doesn't make their story easy, but it's one that's worth fighting for. And ending, the ending that you all want to know about? Well, that ending left my heart completely and utterly bursting from the seams! Champion truly is a spectacular and stunning conclusion and it's one I won't be forgetting any time soon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kassidy

    Thank you Marie Lu for giving us a perfect ending :) I felt this final book to be much more serious and stressful than the other two. There was so much going on between the politics, war, and the relationships. Everything was pretty much life or death and it was really hard to know the right thing to do. This is a crazy intense finale to the series, filled with action, alliances, treachery, and emotion. The characters stayed true to themselves, but matured and developed realistically. In the end, Thank you Marie Lu for giving us a perfect ending :) I felt this final book to be much more serious and stressful than the other two. There was so much going on between the politics, war, and the relationships. Everything was pretty much life or death and it was really hard to know the right thing to do. This is a crazy intense finale to the series, filled with action, alliances, treachery, and emotion. The characters stayed true to themselves, but matured and developed realistically. In the end, there's just enough heartbreak to make this a true dystopian. However, there is a light in the darkness and that all important idea of hope still remains.

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