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.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney (This is book 8 in the series) Mr. Kinney will be having a book signing here on Friday November 8th at 10:30 AM. This is a ticketed event, please call or stop in the store to receive your ticket.
Marie Lu’s novel Legend is a captivating debut that will grab your attention and not let go till the very end. June is the Republic’s prodigy child, even if she is a bit willful and independent. Day is the Republic’s most sought after criminal, not the most dangerous but definitely the most problematic. When June learns that Day killed her brother her only emotions are anger and the desire for revenge. Thus begins the hunt for Day, but what June doesn’t expect is what she learns from him about her beloved Republic.
This was a fantastic young adult dystopian read, and frankly the closest book that I have found to The Hunger Games. I thought Lu’s writing style of telling the story from both characters’ point of view to be an excellent way to grab the readers attention and to have you cheering for both of the characters. Her style also ensured that her story was rich with details since you are leaning about things from multiple perspectives. Lu captured the military mind so well with her writings about June and likewise the street smarts when writing about Day. You couldn’t help but think these two are a nice balance and could make an excellent team. The characters were both well developed and it was easy to tell who was speaking, even had Lu not changed the color of her text between them. The writing is wonderful but so is the story. We are just beginning to learn about the flawed Republic at the end of the book and I am anxiously awaiting Prodigy (book two due out in January 2013) to find out where the story goes. I think the corruption is going to be much worse than we initially anticipate. Legend is a compelling beginning to what is sure to be an amazing series.