Review: Champion – Marie Lu

Review: Champion – Marie LuChampion by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #3
Published by Speak
Published: November 5, 2013
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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.

Disappointed. That’s the first word that sadly came to mind as I read the last page of Champion, the end of the Legend series. I was flat out disappointed in the series as a whole which I’m well aware is a very unpopular opinion, but how I feel none the less. I really loved Legend. I loved the story and the energy and excitement. But that is where the love ended. For me, there was something missing in both Prodigy and Champion which left me feeling just meh about the series in general.

Champion is the final part of Marie Lu’s Legend series and to say I was leery going in would be a slight understatement. Because the truth is that I wasn’t 100% crazy about Prodigy. I found that book to be slow and picked up enough at the end, but still not up to Legend caliber. I hoped it was just me and timing, but after reading Champion I know it wasn’t timing. It could still just be me, actually, it kind of looks like it is based on reviews and ratings, but I just didn’t feel it. It felt forced and was actually a chore to read in parts because something just wasn’t there for me.

The story picks up where Prodigy left off. June is now part of the new Elector’s political world while Day is dealing with the news of is headaches and the return of his brother Eden. Having been separated for months they try to move on from one another. But when the Republic and all its citizens are in danger June and Day come together and work to stop the danger. But as tensions rise and situations change they are both put to the test and have to decide how far they are willing to go for their country and what I may cost them in the long run.

Like I said, this book was just off for me. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it either. Were there parts I liked? Definitely. I enjoyed seeing sides of Day and June that hadn’t really be touched on. I liked hearing more backstory on both of them and their struggles. When they were in scenes together they were magic. And this may be where my trouble lies as I feel like there wasn’t enough of them together. Maybe that was the spark I was missing or what I felt was off. I just don’t know. I wanted to like it, I did, but I just couldn’t do it.

I will say that Lu’s story was strong for the series in general. She thought the whole thing through from the first book to the last and didn’t leave anything to chance. The end of Champion was definitely a unique way to go that was unexpected. Just because I didn’t love it, don’t go by me. Like I said I have the unpopular opinion on this one and I strongly suggest you read it and make up your own mind.

 

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  1. I loved this book, actually, and thought it was a great series ender. I’m sorry it didn’t work out as well for you! I actually really liked how she ended it, though I could have used a little bit less open-endedness. Honestly I just want another book 😛

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