Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Champion: Review


The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.


Champion is heart-stopping and action-packed in its extreme. Now that the Republic is at risk of being invaded completely, June will do anything to save her country. But it's never easy to save one when it's so broken and what it requires is to sacrifice something your love ones love. The suspense is good too. The plague in the Colonies, the purpose behind the creation of that virus and all the dark political reasons behind it. It's literally explosive. 

Your heart will never stop pounding once you turn over the very first page of the book. And trust me, it gets stronger and stronger as you continue to turn the pages. You will never know what happens next. Every hour, every minute, every second can be June and/or Day's last. Yeah, the world in Champion is as dangerous as that. A legend born from a twisted country. A light rose from a dark nation. It's not hard to understand why Legend is so popular and so awesome, and Champion does take it to the extreme.

The ending is beautiful. The end of a new start. But as much as I love the beauty of the ending, I'm also pretty sad and angry. I'm about to lose faith in all dystopian series endings. Sure, many are perfect endings. Like Allegiant, which is also beautiful. Or like Requiem, which seems like the fairest way to end the series. But the endings are never perfect for our favorite couples. I don't want to spoil too much on the ending. But it's hard not to get a little angry for a while. I guess this is the thing in dystopian novels: great sacrifices has to be made for the greater good, and it can break your heart. But in the end you will be okay. Yep.

It's amazing, how everything seems to be the same and yet so different for our characters and the world of Legend. June has changed so much and sacrifices so much throughout the trilogy. So has Day. But deep down they are just the same girl and boy at the beginning of Legend. The endless action, the stakes and the sacrifices are where legends born from. 

Rating: 9.5/10

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