Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

First, I would like to say that if you have never read any of the Legend series, then read it RIGHT NOW. You will not regret it and it may turn out to be your favorite series of all time, just like it is mine! Trust me; would I ever steer you wrong? Well… maybe, but definitely not on this!

Being that the Legend Series is my favorite series, it may be surprising that I actually held off on reading Champion by Marie Lu for quite a while. But, being that it is the last book of the series, I didn’t want to read it. I didn’t want the series to end, or face that fact that it was over. And let me tell you, I’m still in shock from finishing it. It made me sob harder than I think I ever have before. It ripped me apart, but I loved every second of it. Honestly, I’m not sure how much I can write about it right now because I am completely emotionally drained, but I shall try!

            Champion picks up where Prodigy left off, but I don’t want to get too into detail, so as not to give too much away to people who haven’t finished Prodigy yet. Basically, it’s about the fight between the Republic and the Colonies, as well as Anden being accepted as the new Elector Primo, Day struggling against his disease, and June working at becoming the next Princeps. And that’s all I’m going to say about that!

            I LOVE JUNE AND DAY. Especially Day <3 font="" style="background-color: white; line-height: 18px;"> They’re so adorable together and they have to be my favorite pair of all time- they’re both beautiful and broken with actual serious problems between them. In most books, it’s some insignificant, stupid little problem that always seems to get in the way of the romance. But, in the Legend series, the problem that gets in their way actually makes sense and is important, so that makes their relationship (and their relationship problems) seem much more realistic. And the fact that they’re trying despite that makes me root for them all the more. GO JUNE AND DAY!!! Separately, the characters are just as loveable as when they are together. Day’s sarcastic way of viewing the world is priceless and I love his personality; he seems like an awesome person to be around, light and funny and good. June, on the other hand, is a little darker, but her personality is also amazing, kind and strong and caring. And let’s just say near the end of the book we get to see June’s badass side again! And just as a little side not, Eden (Day's little brother) is so cute and precious! Love him!!

            As for the story, it honestly started off a little slow, but it was actually quite fitting. In the beginning (when it moved slowly), June is immersed in politics, but by the end (when it moved quickly), she was surrounded by action, in the element that she truly loves. So, it seemed almost symbolic of the way that politics is slow and tedious (to June, anyway), while the fighting is where she really belongs. However, after the first few pages, it quickly picked up and I was fully immersed in the story. I nearly lived and breathed Champion for the past two days. It was heart breaking and fun and amazing. I’m incredibly sad that it’s over and I really wish it weren’t. I now understand why Marie Lu cried while writing it.

            The ending was amazing and terrible at the same time: amazing because it was perfect; terrible because I sobbed my eyes out in a hotel room. The ending was beautifully written and heartbreakingly hopeful; it may not make any sense now, but you’ll understand once you experience it for yourself. So go read it right now if you haven’t!

Now for my last words regarding the Legend series, perhaps ever: Thank you, Marie Lu, for writing these books that will forever be held the closest to my heart and for taking me on June and Day’s journey. Thank you for writing stories that move hearts and pull tears out of our eyes. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!! Until next time!

This book was completely breathtaking and amazing! 5 Smileys!!

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