Champion by Marie Lu
He is a Legend.
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.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
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.
Marie Lu’s Legend series has always been a series that never fails to impress me. Even if it isn’t by any means my favorite dystopian series by any stretch of the imagination, I always find that Lu always writes wonderfully, develops her characters well, does a fair amount of world-building, and has swoon-worthy romances. There’s no doubt in my mind why her trilogy is one of the most popular series in YA literature today.
But sometimes, despite everything an author does successfully in a book, a reader simply just doesn’t enjoy it as much as they want to; even if they do enjoy it. That’s definitely the feeling I had here, with Champion. Marie Lu obviously did everything in her power to make this series as well-done as she could, and she succeeded at that. The flaws – if any – in Champion were definitely minor in my opinion.
I just simply didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to for whatever reason.
Sure, without a doubt, I’d say that Lu has created a pheonominal cast of characters. Each character she creates has depth, differing personalities, and the dimensions they need to make them feel realistic. It’s not hard to empathize with Day and / or June – the main characters of the series. Their fears and their triumphs and their emotions become yours, and Lu has impressed me with that.
The little bit of romance is also well-done, not failing to create an abundance of swoon-y moments. Readers will enjoy rooting for Day and June not only as main characters, but as a couple as well. There is no doubt that – because of these romances – Lu will easily manipulate your emotions in such a way that she is able to pull a major heartstring at the end of the novel. Whether or not it is similar to Veronica Roth’s Allegiant ending I will not say, but I can guarantee there will definitely be fluttering emotions by the time you close this book.
Whenever I look back on this trilogy, I will always have fond memories of it. Like I said, it may not be my favorite book series, but I still have managed to make a little room for June, Day, Tess, and the other characters in my heart.