Marie Lu’s Champion is the final book in the intense and amazing Legend trilogy. June and Day have both decided to go their separate ways after risking everything to establish a peaceful co-existence between the Republic, the Patriots, and the Colonies. June is training to become an adviser to the Elector and Day has been given all of the luxuries that he never had before. Just as the final treaty is being drawn up between the Republic and the Colonies a plague is released in the Colonies’ cities convincing them that a treaty is unacceptable. Now June and Day are again asked to sacrifice everything dear to them in order to keep their country safe.
Lu has such an amazing talent for drawing you right into her stories with suspense, drama, and action. Her writing is so descriptive that you feel like you are right in the thick of it all, which is great as long as you have nothing else planned for the day. I have become so attached to June and Day. Lu really knows how to create lifelike and engaging characters. You feel every emotion that they go through and find yourself cheering them on. I am always sad to reach the end of Lu’s books, I need more time with Day and June! Several of us in the store are in denial that this is the end of the series since we love the characters so much. I realize that dystopians are all the rage these days, and that perhaps many of us are starting to burn out on them, but this is a must read series. It is easily one of my top five favorite dystopians. And even better, now that all three are out you can read them all at once – which you will want to do as soon as you finish book one.
Under the Wide and StarrySky by Nancy Horan is her second historical novel that has easily became a favorite read of mine. This book chronicles the unconventional love affair of the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. Fanny has left her old life in the states behind and has traveled with her children to Belgium. After suffering a tragedy Fanny finds herself in France where she meets the charming Scot. Before long she finds herself wrapped up in an exciting and adventurous love affair that takes them across the world and eventually to owning a large farm in the South Pacific.
The two lead such a courageous life that was fascinating to read about. They had amazing adventures together on chartered yachts traveling all over the seas. Horan captured the spirit of these historical figures so well. I loved that Fanny was such a determined woman who let nothing stop her, whether it be taking care of Louis when he was frequently ill or running the entire 400 acre farm in Samoa. She was a force to not take lightly.