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Author: Marie Lu Series: (Legend #3) Published: November 5th 2013...

 Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu Author: Marie Lu
Series: (Legend #3)
Published: November 5th 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Categories: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

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 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. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion. — Goodreads

Review: My interest for this series had gone from the top then painfully skidded to the bottom. And with that I didn’t set anything for Champion. I didn’t care if the characters met their makers at the end. I really just no longer care. And yet, for some strange and out of this world reason I still wanted to read it. Called it an obligation if you may, because when I’m already at this point, I don’t call quits.

It turned out I’m wrong with all these assumptions. It was too soon to judge because truthfully the conclusion of Legend series was actually pretty neat. Not too neat that it was predictable, it was an ending that you wanted for the characters. I wanted it for Day and June. After all the things they had to face just to get the kind of peace they deserved. In fact, I got reacquainted with a character and the midst of my reading I think I’ve had unearthed this buried emotion for him. Yes him, it’s for Day. Did I tell you that I no longer care for anyone of them? That was true, at least at the beginning it was. But somehow, Day took me by surprise. The things he had to suffer, needed to experience, and the worries he had had spoken to me the most. I really felt his feelings this time. I’m glad that I did have a connection with Day when I thought it was already too late for that.

I think June grew on me, too. And while not at the same level as Day, I now understood her in a way I didn’t in Prodigy. I didn’t like the sequel so my hopes for this one was almost next to nothing, that includes the characters. But I think it returned with retribution that I’m absolutely and delightfully grateful for. And having seen June doing her responsibilities like the ones I knew in Legend was really refreshing, but this time she wasn’t blind on reality of things.

But after all they endured and needed to face in order to achieve what they have, I think the last details were really necessary. When they got separated, I found myself having difficulty accepting it. I think they deserved it, among all of them, that sort of ending. Yes, it could be predictable but I think they’re worthy of it. So I’m really glad that things worked out in the end. It wasn’t an absolute one, but starting (again) from somewhere simple is better than nothing at all.

I liked the conclusion; just like my experience with the entire series; it went from the top, then fell to the bottom but managed to successfully get up again. There’s something to be said about this kind of ending. I enjoyed it although I’m not really in love with it, but still, it was an entertaining one. So kudos, fans wouldn’t be disappointed—that I’m quite sure.

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Preview Quote: “Fear makes you stronger,” — June

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