Author: Marie Lu


Feb 27

Review * Champion by Marie Lu

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review * Champion by Marie LuChampion by Marie Lu
Narrated by Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
Series: Legend #3
Published by Putnam Juvenile on November 5, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Time: 10 Hours 3 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Legend, Prodigy
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four-stars
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.

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

What I Thought…

  • I’m going to start with talking about the ending of Champion and the ending as a trilogy. Why am I starting with the ending? Because it was amazing. dystopian trilogy endings can be a bit dicey and tend to have a lot of mixed reactions but the last few that I’ve read I’ve been happy with but Champion blows all of them out of the water. It might be the best ending of a dystopian ever. It was appropriate and fitting and almost perfect. Obviously I can’t go into detail because of spoilers, but trust me!
  • There was one teeny tiny thing about the ending that did bother me. Lu used a plot device that I’m not a huge fan of, but she more than made up for it in the end!
  • Aside from the ending the rest of Champion was an enjoyable read. There isn’t as much fighting in Champion, but there is a lot of tender negotiations. We get to take a fascinating trip to Antarctica to watch June and Anden do some negotiations in a world much different from their own (and our own). What little bit of fighting in Champion of course comes down to Day. I love his unique ideas of what to do to bring people down.
  • Despite the fact that there is less fighting Champion is still very fast paced. Things move and things happen in succession and there isn’t a dull moment.
  • June and Day aren’t together all the time in the book, a fact which I appreciate. They have quite a few moments, but they both recognize that they have to do the things they are good at in order to be successful and help the Republic regain it’s footing. I really love June and Day together and the fact that they aren’t perfect and they aren’t that annoying mushy couple either. I also love how they complement each other and own up to their own (and the others) faults.
  • There is a new enemy in Champion and its much more dangerous than the Patriots. Everything they have and can do ups the scariness factor of what the future of the republic might look like (though I still think if the Patriots had there way that would be plenty scary)!
  • While June and Day are a bit older in Champion their ages still bother me. I know it’s silly but every time their age is mentioned I am pulled out of the story just a bit. It’s less of an issue in Champion because they are a little older and also because their age was so rarely mentioned, whereas in Legend I feel like their age was mentioned all the time.
  • The narrators for Champion did an great job. Champion was narrated by Steven Kaplan and Mariel Stern. They both did a good job with voices and had a smooth narration.

Notable Quotes

“You drive me insane June. You’re the scariest, most clever, bravest person I know, and sometimes I can’t catch my breath because I’m trying so hard to keep up. There will never be another like you. You realize that, don’t you? Billions of people will come and go in this world, but there will never be another like you.”

Kimberly


Apr 25

Review * Prodigy by Marie Lu

Reviews 10 ★★★★

Review * Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on January 29, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 371
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Legend, Champion
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

What I Thought…

  • Prodigy is a lot different from Legend, but not in a bad way. June and Day are on a mission to save Day’s brother and get to the Colonies so that they are out from the Republics watchful eye. Day believes that the Colonies will be the answer to all his problems. June wants to fix the Republic rather than leave it. They fight about this a bit as they both want different things, but in the end they both went in the same direction.
  • As I expected the Colonies aren’t filled with the happiness and perfectness that Day and June were expecting. I don’t want to go into to much detail but in some ways it’s actually worse than the Republic. The path that the Colonies chose was actually quite frightening at times.
  • I really enjoyed June and Day’s relationship. I enjoyed their little patches of jealousy and arguments. Their intimate moments were so sweet. They were both self aware of their situation and their actions. They trusted each other to make the right decision, even if they couldn’t see what that was.
  • Day is a little obtuse at times, especially when it comes to June and Tess, but I chalk that up to typical male behavior. I really like that Day appreciates that June doesn’t need him to save her. She is fully capable of handling herself and doesn’t need a knight in shining armor to rescue her all the time.
  • Tess is a bit different in Prodigy. She has been with the Patriots since the end of Legend and has grown up quite a bit. Her crush on Day is much more obvious to day in Prodigy and makes him a bit uncomfortable. Her actions were the biggest surprise for me in Prodigy.
  • I didn’t care for Thomas in Legend and I certainly didn’t like him in Prodigy. I can’t stand when people follow orders blindly giving no thoughts whatsoever to the consequences. And he’s just a jerk and I can’t stand that.
  • The new Elector Anden is quite interesting. He has a bit of a thing for June, which is mildly creepy because she is only 15, but she behaves/acts more like she’s 17 so that’s less creepy. He is also completely different from his father. He really wants to change the Republic for the better but is lacking the support to actually do it.
  • The Republic is lying considerably more than I thought they were in Legend. Their lying knows no bounds. There were a few things they were lying about that I picked up on, especially the big lie, but there were other little surprises as well.
  • Razor is the leader of the Patriots and helps June and Day out and sets up a plan to save Day’s brother. Razor is a pretty shady leader. He isn’t the nicest guy either. Neither June nor Day fully trust him but they have no choice to rely on him because they have no where else to turn.
  • Just like in Legend the world building is fantastic. The remaining questions I had of how the Republic and Colonies were formed and what happened to the rest of the world were answered and I really like what Lu did. I love how they came to be and their struggles and all about the rest of the world and the role reversals that took place.

 Notable Quotes

“You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just … met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, “Hi, I’m Daniel.”

“Love is illogical, love had consequences–I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.”

Kimberly


Apr 18

Review * Legend by Marie Lu

Reviews 6 ★★★★

Review * Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on November 29, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Prodigy, Champion
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

 What I Thought…

  • I found Legend to be really intriguing, both in terms of plot and in terms of characters. Obviously as a dystopian there is an all controlling government, rebels, despair, lack of resources, etc, but Lu did them in a way that made it a bit different.
  • I thought her world building was fantastic. The world was built bit by bit over the course of the book. From the beginning you know that they are in California, but you don’t know how far the Republic extends or how it came to be formed. You learn a lot about the Republic but not everything.
  • Day was pretty awesome. He is the Republic’s most wanted criminal. He is a huge threat to the republic (in more ways than one). I really liked June as well. She is the Republic’s prodigy, and expected to be perfect and great. Both Day and June are strong, but they are not perfect. My only complaint about Day and June is that they are NOT 15. Dystopian or not they did not behave like they were 15 years old. Every time there age was mentioned I was pulled out of the story just a little bit.
  • June’s parents died in a car crash so she has been raised by her brother Metias for quite a few years. His death shook her up something fierce and put her in a position she never thought she’d be in.
  • June’s mission is to hunt down the mysterious Day, who is the #1 suspect of her brother’s murder. Throughout her hunt she begins to make discoveries about herself, the Republic and Day. Nothing is what it seems, including her brothers murder. Day is on the run from June, and making his own discoveries about the Republic. Obviously none of these discoveries are good and Day and June will need to put their discoveries together to get the full story of the Republic.
  • Other than Day and June you have the opposing sides, the Republic and the Patriots. You don’t find out much about the Patriots other than the fact that they are working against the Republic. You learn lots of stuff about the Republic, but it’s still not enough.
  • After Metias (June’s brother) gets killed Thomas becomes his successor. I did not like Thomas from the get-to and that feeling did not go away. He’s a total sleazeball. All of the higher ups in the Republic are just as sleazy.
  • In addition to the government unrest there is a plague. The upper class citizens are able to get vaccinated, but the lower class citizens are not. The government raids them often looking for people with the plague and marking their doors when they are found. Day’s younger brother has the plague and Day is trying to get a hold of the medicine used to treat the plague. His older brother and mother have not yet gotten the plague, but it’s only a matter of time.
  • Legend was pretty faced paced. There was lots of action and the dual narration worked really well.

If you like dystopians you should definitely give this one a shot.

Notable Quotes

“You’re brilliant,”he says.”But you’re a fool to stay with someone like me.”
I close my eyes at the touch of his hand.”Then we are both fools.”

“Brave thoughts, but am I ready to follow through on them?”

“I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.”

Kimberly