Champion (Legend #3)

Champion (Legend, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Legend
Prodigy

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I have had a hard time with this series. I really loved Legend, wasn’t so keen on Prodigy, even though many of my friends enjoyed it. I wanted to finish the trilogy though to see how it was going to end. Despite me not liking this series as much as my blogging friends have, I have found it enjoyable enough to read and fast paced! This trilogy is full of interesting characters so I do think it’s worth exploring!

Again, I have trouble reviewing the last book in the series. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that has yet to complete it. Champion takes place several months after the end of Prodigy. June is in training as a Princeps-Elect and Day has moved to San Fransisco with his younger brother. June and Day haven’t seen each other since after the events in Prodigy. After the Colonies declare war unless they are given a cure for the plague, June has to seek Day’s help. It is believed that Day’s brother Eden, holds the cure, but they need Day’s permission to use him.

Champion is action packed, but there is time for quieter scenes which I really appreciated. I adore June and Day interactions and their romance felt more real in this book which I very much enjoyed. I felt like I got them a hell of a lot more in Champion. The story itself is fast paced and feels a lot more political than the other books. As for the ending… I wasn’t overly impressed but it did wrap the trilogy up nicely and gave some answers to questions raised in the previous books, even if I wasn’t totally convinced by the resolutions!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A solid ending to the trilogy which wraps up the story nicely!

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Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books. I have completed a list similar to this before with strong female leads, but I’ve added some new additions since then. So here is my revised list in no particular order…

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Jo March- Little Women –

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

She doesn’t conform to the ‘usual’ female roles. One of my favourite characters in literature!

Katniss- The Hunger Games-

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Strong in every possible way!

Tris- Divergent-

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Definitely her own person. Very headstrong.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

She faces awful parents and a terrible headteacher. I love the little bookworm that is Matilda!

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help

The Help

I absolutely love these ladies from The Help. I especially admire Skeeter for trying to make a difference.

Juliette- Shatter Me trilogy

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Juliette’s strength as a person grows so much throughout the series!

*New additions*

Celaena Sardothien- Throne Of Glass-

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

She’s a kick ass book loving character!

June- Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)

A fiesty and intelligent character!

Poppy Sinclair- Dead Jealous/Dead Silent-

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Likeable and real!

Rowan- Me Since You

Me Since You

A heroine in different ways to others in this list. Strong despite terrible things happening to her.

Who are your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

Legend

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I have wanted to read Legend for the longest time and it has been recommended to me by so many bloggers that I trust, I don’t know why it’s taken so long for me to get to, but hey… I’ve done it now. The only problem is now that I want to read the rest of the series ASAP…luckily for me, it’s all out and ready for me to marathon. See, THIS is why I wait for so long to read series (I’m trying to convince myself that I don’t fail as a reader for not reading this sooner…)

Legend is yet another dystopian young adult read. I say this as a dystopian young adult fan! I’m not knocking it. I did wonder if it would be any different to the others out there. It’s got a lot of similarities to other books, namely Divergent, but it’s not too similar that it’s a complete rip off. Legend is an incredible, engaging, quick read that I devoured.

Legend is told through two narratives, our kick-ass main characters Day and June. Both voices are clear, it’s never confusing to catch up with who is narrating. Their chapters are also handily in different fonts, which is always a nice touch. I loved Day and June. They are really smart characters and don’t need to rely on their looks, others or just luck. I love intelligent characters. I didn’t quite get on with them being so young. They seemed much more mature than fifteen, but that was only a slight niggle. Marie Lu has developed such an intriguing world and I felt it built nicely throughout. The government in are completely corrupt. It’s really quite disturbing how mean and violent they are.

There’s romance within the story, but I don’t feel like it’s at the forefront and for a book like Legend, that was absolutely fine for me. I was more interested in the storyline than the romance. Perhaps the romance will develop in later books… I’m yet to discover, but I’m intrigued to see how it turns out.

I was captivated from the start with this action-packed story. I can’t wait to read Prodigy to see how the story continues. This could be in the running for my favourite series read this year!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

A fast-paced intriguing read for dystopian fans!