Champion by Marie Lu {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 15 January, 2014 by Jenna / 8 Comments

Champion by Marie Lu {Jenna’s Review}Champion by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #3
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.

A thrilling and satisfying series conclusion.

My Thoughts

I have to admit to a fair amount of trepidation when I cracked the spine (just kidding – I was reading a library copy. I only crack the spine on books I own.) of Champion. Not only because I really enjoy Marie Lu’s Legend series, and the characters of Day and June, but also because of the experience I had just had with the end of another series. I won’t get far into that experience, but I will say that finishing Veronica Roth’s Allegiant left me feeling angry, disappointed, and, worst of all, manipulated. So, when I picked up Champion, I spent a few moments simply looking at the fire rose on the cover. Then I whispered, “Don’t let me down.”

It didn’t.

As Champion opens, Day and June have not seen nor spoken with one another for several months. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking of one another. Day, finally reunited with his younger brother, Eden, is focused on Eden’s care . . . as well as trying to care for himself as best he can. The devastating health diagnosis which he received at the end of Prodigy hangs heavily over the opening chapters and weighs on Day’s mind quite a lot, as well. June, for her part, is in training as one of three Princeps-Elects; working closely with the new Elector Primo, Anden, to change the future of the Republic of America. But it soon becomes a matter of life or death for June to convince Day to come to Denver. In fact, the fate of the Republic rests on it.

Champion is full of action and moves along at a good pace. Not only do we readers revisit the Colonies of America (briefly) and see more vivid pictures of a Republic on the brink of war (yet again), but we also travel to Antarctica, which was fascinating. Marie Lu has painted the continent as a world-leader in technology and other advancements – and made me wish Ross City, Antarctica truly existed! Readers also receive visits from the characters who have appeared in the previous two books and I think Marie Lu does an admirable job of bringing resolution to the various story threads that weave through the trilogy.

But the book is not only action; it’s also drama and romance and love and sacrifice for the greater good. And it’s hope. What I walked away from this book with was just that: hope. I don’t know what’s next for Day and June. But I know that, at the end of the epilogue, both have grown and changed. Both have done their own forms of healing. And, hopefully, their individual healing will lead them onto the next path together. (The way, at least in my opinion, they should be.)

Girl with Book Lungs


Filed under: Dystopian, ESR: 9, Review: Jenna, Science Fiction, YA, , ,


8 Responses to “Champion by Marie Lu {Jenna’s Review}”

  1. This is another series in which I’ve only read the first book. I’m TERRIBLE about that! But, since there are so many new series out there, I can’t think too much about it. However, I loved the first book and, now that the third is out, maybe I’ll binge the last two.

  2. I couldn’t even read Allegiant Jenna, I made someone tell me how it ended and knew immediately it wasn’t going to be a book I’d make it through. I was crushed enough without having read it, I can only imagine how I would have been if I’d put in all the time only to have it end the way it did. So glad Champion was a far more successful series conclusion for you! Yay for a book that ends with hope:)

    • UGH. I totally wish I hadn’t read Allegiant. Now I’m even second-guessing if I want to see Divergent when it comes out as a movie! That final book really tainted the whole series for me!

      But, Champion, now that has a satisfying ending. Hope is a good thing, authors!!!

    • I’m with you Jenny. I admit to not being a fan of the Divergent series anyway, so when everyone was talking about the ending I looked up a spoilery review and then skimmed the end at a bookstore. I don’t think I’ll ever read it. What a mess!

      I am really looking forward to Champion now, though. Thanks Jenna for the awesome and helpful review!

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