Champion – book review

Champion Marie Lu

Champion is the third book in the fast-paced and emotional Legend series, written by Marie Lu.

June and Day have sacrificed so much. Both for the Republic, and for each other. Now June has the position of Priceps-Elect – a highly respected role that she’s been aiming towards her whole life. And Day has been assigned to a high-level military position. Life for June and Day couldn’t be better. Could it?

Just as the Republic is on the verge of a peace-treaty with the Colonies, a deadly plague breaks out, creating even more tension between the Republic and the Colonies. The plague’s outbreak causes panic in the Colonies and war threatens the Republic. This new plague is more lethal than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to the Republic’s survival. But in order to save everyone, the one she loves must sacrifice everything.

I enjoyed reading Champion. After the heart-breaking end to Prodigy, I couldn’t wait to read this book. We had just found out that Day was really sick and possibly going to die… how could Marie Lu leave us like that at the end of Prodigy? After finishing Prodigy, I needed to read Champion. Okay. I need to release all of my emotions and talk about Champion without worrying about spoilers. If you haven’t read Champion yet, now’s the time to stop reading this and instead go and read Champion!
Until I started reading Champion I was wondering; what was going to happen between June and Day? June and Day didn’t come together until the middle of the book, which broke my heart. Because I believed Day was going to die within a few months, I wanted him and June to be together a lot more than he was with her. I wanted them to spend every second with each other, making the most of the time Day had left. But anytime Day tried to do something that he’d normally do, I became terrified for his life. He got those awful headaches that consumed him to the point where he couldn’t do anything but lie on the ground in agony. I was worried about him and although I wanted to do the things he used to do, I constantly feared for him.
One of my favourite parts of this book was when June went to New Antarctica. It was totally brilliant. June put on her glasses that the people gave to here there and suddenly people could talk to here without an accent. She saw a +1 sign hovering above a plant that needed watering and you would gain one point from watering it. I loved how it was so videogame-like in the way that you could gain points to move up levels. It was genius and I loved that whole chapter.
The ending of the book was unbelievably emotional. When Day got … NO! I couldn’t believe it! This could not be happening. I found myself up until 2am, reading, desperately hoping that the book wasn’t going to end like that. Tears streamed down my face as I begged for this not to happen. The way Day spoke to June as though he wouldn’t make it, made me believe he wasn’t going to survive. I couldn’t even think about the fact that he might not live. The whole scene was excruciating. But when Day said, ‘I don’t want to go,’ my heart broke all over again. I thought of all the hard things he’s gone through. Why did this have to happen to him? Then when he saw his mother reaching out to him… I just couldn’t take it anymore. It reminded me of the ending of another dystopian series and prayed that Champion wouldn’t end like that.
But then, something worse happened. That plot-twist was unbearable. How could Marie Lu do this to us? I literally had to put the book down, find a box of tissue, compose myself so I didn’t ruin the book with all my tears, and then read the ending of Champion. When I finished the ending, I couldn’t believe this series was over. I wasn’t happy with the ending. Couldn’t the end of a dystopian series by happy for once? It left me completely heart-broken and although I could see June and Day having a happy future together, I wished Day could remember June. He was even still wearing the paper-clip ring, which was really sweet. After the 10 Years Later part, I would have loved an additional 5 Years Later part where we could have seen June and Day living together, perhaps with children. I would loved a more concrete ending, but I guess I also kind of liked how Marie Lu left us to predict what was going to happen.
One thing I was happy about was Eden getting better. I was so pleased he wasn’t sick anymore. But there was one thing I wondered about. Why didn’t Eden tell Day about June? If I were Eden, I would surely have slipped up once or twice by mentioning June’s name. Anyway, I loved how he was healthy and animated when we got to see him again in the 10 Years Later part.
I’m not sure whether I completely liked reading Champion, but it was definitely worth reading. I’d give Champion by Marie Lu a score of 8 out of 10. Please share your feelings about the end of this book! Were you happy with the way Marie Lu ended this series? Where you a complete emotional wreck after reading the end of this series? I’d love to hear your opinions!

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