He is a legend. She is a prodigy. Who will be champion?
I recently just read the Legend trilogy series and when I finished the second book, Prodigy, I realized that the final book came out this November. Longest few days of my life and I didn’t get it the day it came out, my sister had to get it for me the day after. Legend became one of my favorite dystopian book trilogies I have read, Matched by Allie Condie is right behind though. I love the writing of it and it is not predictable so you never know where things will lead. Coming off from the ending of Allegiant, by Veronica Roth, I was completely terrified to end Champion because since it is my favorite book, I would’ve just been bedridden for days out of grief.
Of course, this will contain spoilers and I will also try to briefly explain the first two books to refresh everyone’s minds on where Champion picks up. Basically, I have a lot of feels and I also want a lot of you to start reading it because they are such great books!
So here we go!
Legend is about a teen, criminal named Day who is being followed by the Republic but all he wants to do is keep his family safe. June is the teen prodigy of the Republic and will give her life for her country. Day is framed with the death of June’s brother. She ends up joining the hunt to find him but when she interacts with him, she realizes he’s not the bad guy, and yes they fall in love.
Champion begins after June and Day start living their new regular lives in the Republic. The Colonies, however, are still warring against the Republic, causing June to ask Day for something risky, which he will refuse. The war gets worse and soon each country is at the grasp of the other and June and Day are in the middle of it.
That was seriously the briefest summary but I knew if I kept going I would give it away.
Like I said above, I love the Legend trilogy because it is so unpredictable. The beginning of Champion was basically all the necessities to set the storyline. I liked that Marie Lu did not push a love triangle between Day, June, and Anden, even though the feelings were there. The book is not focused on the lovey dovey, it’s focused on change. By the 2/3 half of the book is when everything unleashes. As I was reading, I could not contain all my emotions, I just wanted to scream or run somewhere, it was intense. Marie Lu definitely knows how to write in a climax scene and showing basically the end of the world they knew and the panic of running out of things to do.
You definitely see Day and June in such a vulnerable form and stripped away from their guards but you also see Anden come into his own and step into the role of Elector and take the Republic and make it strong again.
The war gets to you so much. I think it’s because I can imagine myself as June while reading, I mean can I audition for the movie now? But seriously, you feel the pressure and the intensity of the final battle and just this overwhelming feeling comes and you don’t know what will happen.
And of course, the end. This will be a HUGE spoiler, so read on with your own discretion.
At the end of Prodigy, we learned about Day’s health and throughout Champion it was a big focus because it started to weaken him. After the battles, Day was shot by _________ (won’t give away that much, haha, big plot twist!) The doctors had to operate on him, and also tried to fix his brain while they were at it. Months go by and he is okay! BUT, he lost his short-term memory, meaning he does not remember June. So heartbreaking! This also goes back to one of June’s thoughts in the book which is that she forever feels like she will remind Day of his family’s death. P.S. This realization comes out after such a sweet moment they share!
June let’s him go. It was the hardest thing to read but it showed how much she truly loved him and she just wanted him to be happy. They move on, Day never knowing June. He moves to Antarctica with his brother Eden and live a great life. The end wraps up 10 years later on June’s birthday. Being 27, it also went full circle to the start of Legend and her connection with her brother since he died at 27. The twist comes when the news announces that Eden is interviewing for a job at Batalla and she realizes that Day is back.
THIS IS WHEN I CRY. P.S. STILL SPOILERS.
June sees Eden and Day walking down the street she is walking. While Eden recognizes her, Day does not and she walks passed them like strangers. But she ends up hearing footsteps behind her and it’s Day. After she keeps denying that they know each other, she sees he still has the paper clip ring she made him and once Day pieces some parts of his memories, he knows that it was her that is missing. Of course, he still can’t recall her but he feels the connection. The last two sentences were part of Day’s wish when he said goodbye to June at the end of Prodigy.
“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”
After I tried to hold in my tears, I had such mixed feelings about the ending. But after much thought it was perfect. Yes, it hurts to not immediately have a “happily ever after” and see Day and June together right away, but it shows that life isn’t always perfect but at least that Day and June’s connection is much deeper that even memory loss and 10 years in between, they always find themselves together. It was a beautiful ending.
– Antarctica seems like a great place to live.
– It’s interesting to imagine how our modern world is so different and advance and the powers shift.
– I love that June kept in touch with Tess and Pascao even if Day was not around.
So that is all my feelings. If you have read the book, let me know what you thought! If you haven’t read Legend, I suggest you do, they are such great books! Marie Lu did such a great job keeping the consistency over the three books and wrapped it up nicely without leaving too many unanswered questions. The love story was perfect as a standalone plot and I was happy that it wasn’t a main focus in the intense scenes of the Republic and the Colonies. I can definitely say this is my top favorite trilogy and for the time being, nothing will surpass it.
“There will never be another like you. You realize that, don’t you?”