Saturday, 7 December 2013

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Title: Champion
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 5th November 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5

Description: 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, the final book in the Legend trilogy was a thrilling conclusion to a fantastic series. I was very egger to read the last book in the trilogy and I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint.  Everything comes full circle as Day and June’s final battle comes to an explosive conclusion. Champion delivers on the action, but it is also filled with emotion making for a bittersweet end. It carries a lot of sadness and change with hope on the horizon. The entire fate of the Republic is changed along with the fate of Day and June.

Champion is full of conflict, between the characters and various nations as the plot explores the Republic and the changes Anden, June and Day have set in motion in Prodigy.  Champion is more a political book than its predecessors as the war between the Colonies and the Republic comes to a head. There is an impending war as June and Day figure out a way to save the Republic whilst fighting their own enemies.  The Patriots return and the fate of Thomas and Commander Jameson hangs in the balance. Marie Lu’s writing packs a punch as she subtly explores love, loyalty and allegiance between her riveting complex characters.  This book has plenty of action. We also get some answers to some of the stunts Day has pulled in the past.

Not only do we the get to see the Colonies and the Republic at war, we also get to see new lands in this dystopian society.  Champion takes us to Antarctica and Ross City. A city, which has a very unique way of life. It was quite fascinating to read about.  It also highlights Lu’s wonderful world building. No nation is the same. The Republic had an oppressive leader, the Colonies were formed on money and propaganda and Antarctica is vastly different in its own right.

I love all the characters. June, Day, Anden, Eden and the others are layered and complex with plenty of depth. Their relationships with each other are always evolving and complicated. To say that Day and June have a complicated relationship is an understatement. They are torn and tormented between their love for each other and their past actions. June as always is a standout for me. I love her calculated, intelligent nature as she tries to save a nation she deeply cares about. I love the relationship she has with her brother. Day suffers quite a bit in this book, especially considering the revelations in Prodigy. He strives to protect his brother and is fierce in his loyalty. Anden was a revelation in Champion. We got to know a lot more about the young Elector. His struggle to keep the Republic in tact was compelling as was his relationship with June.

I absolutely loved the ending of the trilogy. I’ll just say that it was completely fitting. It was an end that I kept thinking about long after I had finished the book. It will definitely pull at your heartstrings and make an impact. Champion was a fantastic emotional end to the Legend trilogy.  If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend you pick it up. 

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