Legend #3: Champion – Marie Lu

Champion

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Author: Marie Lu


Length: 369 pages


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.”


★ ★ ★ 1/2 stars


Spoilers


Likes

– The ending (it managed to get me on the Day/June ship for once)

– The cool point idea that Marie Lu integrated into Antarctica  

Dislikes
– It was still super hard to differentiate between June and Day’s POV
– The plot seemed slow in the middle of the book


I’m afraid to say that Champion was in my opinion the weakest book in the series. I think the reason for that was because the plot just seemed to drag along quite a bit. I was also just a tiny bit disappointed that June didn’t end up staying with Anden. I mean, I totally get that the two of them weren’t exactly made to be soulmates (which apparently June and Day are *eyeroll* ).
The ending was utter perfection though and it did make me tear up quite a bit. And although I’m not the biggest June/Day shipper, I am glad that it left the readers with a sense of hope for their future relationship.
Other than that, I’m really afraid to say that not much else of the book ended up standing out to me. It seemed like a very typical dystopian-we-gotta-fight-back-and-stand-up-for-freedom type of a book so it didn’t leave the biggest impression on me.

I am incredibly glad though that both Eden and Tess ended up being ok in the end. I also really hope that Tess and Eden end up together (am I the only one thinking that??). 




Legend #2: Prodigy – Marie Lu

Prodigy

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Author: Marie Lu

Length: 371 pages

“Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?”




4 ¼ STARS  ★ ★

Spoilers Ahead

Likes
– Plot twists
– Anden
– Kaede


Dislikes
– Day and June’s supposed “romance”, ugh
– Day and June always figuring everything out together 
– Still not really being able to tell the difference between the POVs

I really enjoyed this book, more than Legend, actually. I felt like the twists and turns really made this book, especially the bigger “reveal” about Anden and his true character. I was really rooting for him throughout the whole book, especially when June got to spend some time with him. I can also see that this is going to turn into one huge love triangle. 


I still can’t really get on board the Day and June ship though. (Dune? Jay?). I’m not entirely sure what it is, but I’m really not feeling it. I feel like they’ve got zero chemistry (maybe that’s just me though) and honestly, June would be way better off with Anden. 

What really did shock me was that the Patriots ended up being the “bad” guys. I mean, I wouldn’t have been super surprised if the Patriots (while not in league with the Republicans) would have turned out to be just as manipulative as the Republic (a la President Coin from the Hunger Games) but I really did not see that coming, so kudos. 

But…Kaede dying was something I just could not handle. My heart broke into a thousand little pieces when she sacrificed herself for the others. The bravery and selflessness of what she did was just too much – she is the true hero of the story. 

The one thing that I think was one of the things that could have been done better was the way that Day and June both found things out. It seemed that they almost always came to the same realizations (like, Razor being evil) at the same time (from their differing POVs though but still). It would have been a bit more exciting if there would have maybe been a little bit more tension between the two of them (like, Day not seeing June’s signal immediately) but other than that, this book was pretty fabulous. 


Legend #1: Legend – Marie Lu

Legend

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Author: Marie Lu


Length: 305 pages


“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.”


★ ★  ★ STARS

Spoilers!




Likes
– The differing POV and how they crossed over
Both June and Day 
– The plot 
– Tess

Dislikes/Mehs
– Insta-love
– Your typical “we have to rebel against the government and start a revolution” principle
– Hard to tell the difference between Day’s POV and June’s POV sometimes

I was very pleasantly surprised by just how fast I read this book and how it sucked me in. Day and June are both characters who were incredibly interesting to read about and had their individualities which I appreciated. 

It did however feel like a very typical dystopian build up (there’s a totalitarian government and a dude who’s the face of it, you have to swear loyalty or die, they are hiding the evil they are doing, etc. etc.). That aside, it was incredibly interesting to see both the “insider” POV from June and the “outsider/outcast/rebel” POV from Day. I think the POV overlaps and the way they intertwined was on the things I loved most about this book.

I was incredibly shocked when Day’s mother and brother both ended up dead by the end of the book. I mean, I get that a lot of characters almost never make it through dystopian novels alive, but I was really rooting for their reunion. Day’s mother being shot literally a couple of seconds after finding out that her son was alive just seemed beyond cruel. 

June and Day however did feel like a very insta-lovey relationship and I think that that kind of turned me off them for a bit. They are quite sweet together, but I do feel like especially Day is making his affections for June to feel way bigger than they can be, considering they only just met, like a couple of days before the end of the book. 

And poor Ollie! I can’t believe June had to leave the poor guy behind *sad face*.


I am incredibly interested to see how the story will continue in Legend, and I am also crossing my fingers that it doesn’t turn into your stereotypical “good guys vs. bad guys” rebellion/revolution in the end.