Friday, February 7, 2014

Champion by Marie Lu

Title: Champion (Legend #3) 
Author: Marie Lu 
Publication Date: November 5th 2013 
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Rating: 5 out of 5

Goodreads Blurb:

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.

First it's Allegiant and now this- I'm convinced that all my favorite authors are all conspiring to break their readers' hearts. But, do not lose hope because, unlike Allegiant, Champion hints at a brighter future.  

Everything from the previous two books carries over and Champion is more intriguing/ heartbreaking and results in a sensory overload. I mean that both positively and negatively; although there is no doubt this book is fabulous, it brings up too many unimportant information. There is soo much going on and frankly, I was skimming to the "important" parts. 

In Marie Lu's Champion, Day is diagnosed with a terminal disease and pulls away from June. But as the plague and the war with the Colonies worsens, both are forced to make difficult choices. As the story progresses, so do the characters of both June and Day. We see more depth to Day and see June's drive to do what's right.

The ending is my favorite part (other than the fact that, you know, it ended) because what happened (won't spoil it!) was soo unexpected (well not really, there were enough hints that I refused to put together) and it made me start crying. Ugh, I'm becoming a silly headed ninny- so many books are making me dissolve into tears! But this book totally deserved it, and Ms. Lu ended the series with so much forethought and general "wonderfulness", that it put many authors to shame- this is a perfect example of ending a series the "right" way.