A month ago I reviewed Legend and two weeks ago I reviewed Champion. These are the first two books in the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu, and today I will be reviewing the conclusion, Champion.
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.
Once again the main plot goal of this book is different to the main plot of the previous two books although the motivations of the characters are the same. I was pleased to see this again as it is quite refreshing to have a normally paced plot. Like most dystopian trilogies, this book gets a lot more political and the action sequences, while more intense are a lot more spread out. However I think this time it is deserved as the genre shifts quite a lot as new information was revealed in the previous book.
I scream for everything that has gone wrong. I scream for everything broken in our lives.
Instead of fighting against the government, Day and June are now fighting for it, while still admitting that it has flaws. I really appreciated this twist and the fact that it recognises that the Republic and the Colonies are both imperfect systems however some systems are easier to make long term constructive changes to than others.
Time heals all wounds. But not this one. Not yet.
This is the book in the series with a lot more social commentary than the others, I quite enjoyed this in depth analysis and realistic political approach as it is refreshing compared to the shallow and more action based approaches seen in many other dystopian works. I feel that this book provides a realism lacking in YA dystopia while still following the framework of the genre.