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Champion Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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Gr 8 Up—Factions will fight, traitors will be tried and convicted, and secrets revealed before star-crossed lovers Day and June's powerful story ends in the final book in the trilogy. Day and his brother, Eden, are in San Francisco for medical treatment after Eden was subjected to virus experiments by the Colonies. June is in Denver acting as one of the Princeps-Elect. After months apart without any communication, June asks Day to return with Eden so that the Republic can use the virus Eden is carrying to find a cure for the plague that has invaded the Colonies. The Colonies believe that the Republic has a cure, and issue an ultimatum that unless the Republic reveals it, the Colonies will attack. Then they renege on their promise to hold off and attack without warning. The Republic's Elector desperately needs allies but no one wants to help. Day is also trying not to let June know that he's dying. The Colonies' Chancellor knows that the people will follow Day, and if Day can get the citizens to accept the Colonies' rule, the Chancellor promises to save them and Day's loved ones. Can they find a cure for the virus in time? Can Day and his old Patriot friends defeat the Chancellor and his soldiers? June and Day's future together is equally uncertain. They love each other but their painful pasts and June's involvement in Day's family's deaths will always be between them. Lu's unexpected ending adds an extra poignancy to their complicated relationship. Fans who loved Legend (2011) and Prodigy (2013, both Putnam) won't want to miss this one.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
*Starred Review* In this heart-pounding conclusion to the Legend series, Day, champion of the people, and June, now a Princeps-Elect and confidant to the young Elector Anden, once again find themselves in trouble and in love. The Republic is being attacked by the Colonies, who are sure that a deadly virus has been inflicted upon them by their enemy. They will only halt their bombardment if a cure is delivered to them. And the only way to find a cure is further experimentation on Day’s beloved brother, Eden, which is something Day will never agree to. The hallmark of this series has been its nonstop action coupled with the burning desire (and complicated relationship) between Day and June. The last of the trilogy amplifies both. Neither Day nor June are comic-book characters—nor, for that matter, is Anden, the third leg of the triangle. Each of them (and young Eden, too) are carefully explored, bringing a personal depth to the action. The resolution of the war has some blurry edges, but readers will be much more interested in the fates of Day and June. How Lu ties up their relationship is done with such patience and feeling that it might bring on a few tears (of happiness or sadness, I’m not telling), but readers will come away grateful that she has given this beautifully crafted series the ending it deserved.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans of this best-selling series have been waiting with bated breath for the conclusion. Expect demand. Grades 7-12. --Ilene Cooper
Top customer reviews
After escaping from Day‘s execution June and Day are on the run from the entire Republic.
Day is injured, his brother and only living family is either a prisoner or a lab rat of the Republic.
June has nowhere to go after leaving everything she knows behind her to save Day.
With nothing left to loose they take an offer from the Patriots that are fighting against the government of the Republic. All they have to do in return for the Patriots help with all their problems is to assassinate the new Elector, Anden, after his father‘s recent death.
But in those troublesome times after the old Elector‘s death where the iron grip that the government had over it‘s people is starting to falter who can Day and June really trust and how much can their newly formed relationship handle.
This like the first book was a fast paced read with some twists and turns. We get to know more about the world that the story takes place in and we get to know the main characters better. I really liked this book and can‘t wait to read the last book in the trilgogy to see how this ends.
Review posted on The Thoughts of a Bibliophile blog.
Things seem to be heading in the right direction. A new, seemingly more gentle, Elector is in control, the Trials are no more and a peace treaty between the Colonies and the Republic is in making.
But when the Plague suddenly becomes a big problem in the Colonies the Republic is blamed and everything that June and Day have worked for might come crumbling down.
There have been months since June and Day last saw each other but now they have to work together once again to help Adien, the new Elector, find a solution to this problem before war consumes the Republic once again, and this time it‘s defences might not hold against the Colonies.
I liked this book, it had action and Day and June are great main characters. But the problem I had with this trilogy is that June and Day are the only characters that I connected to, the others overall felt kind of flat in my oppinion. And I also thought that characters sometimes seemed to recover way to quickly.
I still really enjoyed the Legend trilogy and am satisfied with how it came to a conclusion in Champion.
Ms. Lu does a great job of moving the plot along in this story and building and maintaining tension. June and Day further evolve as characters and we get to learn quite a lot more about the worl we live in. I love how she writes Day's relationship with his little brother and love the way she doesn't down play how the loss of his family and the events he has endured have affected him. I like that bit of realism. So many writers write their protagonists as superhuman emotionally or physically...or else they write in such a way that the characters vulnerability feels contrived. Not Ms. Lu. Both Day and June are so shaped by what they have lost and endured that it makes the extremely empathetic and relatable. Neither of them find easy answers to problems in this novel.
I can't help but compare this book to the last book in the Divergent series. It is miles better in both coherency, writing, and reader satisfaction. Thank you Ms. Lu for a book a could barely put down and for a world and characters that I hope you will one day revisit.