Young Adult > Dystopia
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the p
eople 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.
How do you move on from an ending like that? =( Oh, don’t get me wrong, because Marie Lu wrapped up Legend series pretty neat. It’s just that.. too little time to say what should have been said, simultaneously time was too long to have the wounds and hurt be healed.
I am nitpicking, because I am so attached to the characters! So emotional with Day and June. My heart still bleeds, I tell you. The letting go broke my heart more than the giving up did.
Day is battling to stay alive every day, while protecting his brother Eden from the Republic’s dangerous intentions. When June’s life was threatened, Day was backed up against a wall with no options… I will always admire Day’s casual arrogance to masked the suffering he experienced (caused by the Republic), but I think June should be called Champion.
June is caught between serving the Elector, and staying by Day’s side because she believed he has suffered enough. When the ‘big elephant’ in the room between her and Day becomes apparent and utterly unavoidable, June must choose: break her heart, or Day’s?
Last five chapters are the bomb, with June’s last POV making me a mumbling, emotional wreck. She was so brave, I am in awe of her. *eyes shining brightly*
and that Epilogue.. while hopeful, still left me wondering: is this really how they ended??? It was really a good and realistic ending, but since I am heavily emotionally invested in this series, I am wanting more.. of Daniel and June. So very much wanting more. *sniffs*
The war is full mode in Champion. June’s involvement in the plague’s cure was a bit of a stretch for me. And that one time that June exhibited her prowess in military training, she got her *ss whipped. Understandable, since her opponent is older and more experienced, but still.
Nitpicking again. Sorry.
This conclusion was the right blend of rage, loss, and despair. I think Champion truly revealed the answer to the question: Can love ever truly forgive?
(Thank you, Marie Lu for a finale worth a good cry, for a day or two.)
CHAMPION by Marie Lu
Paperback, 353 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Penguin