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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