Book Review: Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu (3/5)

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YA Dystopia

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.

Yeah, I know what you’re going to say – I gave the other two books in this series 4/5. I did.  And I was close to giving this a 4 too, but, to be honest, I was so ready for this series to be over. I skimmed the last third of this book. I lost interest. I no longer cared about Day or June or Eden (though, I can’t say I ever really cared about Eden.)

I was bored.

Which is why this book lost two points.

Don’t get me wrong, this was a good series. June and Day were great characters. The world was interesting. The plot was… okay. It had a few moments of super cliche YA moments, like where the villain throws out “We’re the same, you and I,” kind of BS. That line was in here, literally. And I found the villains to be superficial and bland.

And then there was June’s “prayer” toward the end. In this entire series, there hasn’t been a single mention of religion, faith, or any of the like – and suddenly she’s praying? It felt so out of place. It’s not that I think religion in books is bad. It’s just that in this case it felt like a save-all, like an easy way out of a dire situation, when EVERY OTHER situation has been gotten out of by her on her own skills/grit/luck.

Day and June fought for “main character” status. The teen angst overpowered the rest of the plot. There was an overpowering sense of scene-setting and narration. I got annoyed when Day and June would discover the same plot twist. When they were in chapters together, the story moved much faster. When one chapter detailed June discovering something, and then the very next chapter was Day discovering that exact same thing, I felt like my time as a reader had been wasted. I, the reader, already know this plot twist; I do not need to be told twice.

And the end… it’s okay. Not good, not bad. Okay. It fits the melodrama of the rest of the series – with a final happy note.

I did get annoyed with the whole “love at first sight” and June and Day’s inability to get over each other. It felt forced. It didn’t feel natural. I think this series would have been better if June and Day had fallen in love in book 2, spent book 2 trying to be together, and then book 3 discovering that they aren’t meant to be. That would have felt natural, not so forced.

So, overall – Champion gets a 3 out of 5. The whole series gets a 3.5 out of 5.

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