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Champion

Legend, Book 3
By: Marie Lu
Narrated by: Steven Kaplan, Mariel Stern
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
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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 once again. 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 he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu's best-selling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

©2013 Marie Lu (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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  • Bee
  • 20-02-14

I stand alone.

Overall this series is a pretty good one. If you're looking for a distopian that is actually well written, not completely predictable (and GASP no love triangle, well not really) then I totally recommend this one.

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I seem to be the only one who didn't love the ending. I don't know... June just got so self-sacrificing and melodramatic there towards the end. Other then being a little frustrated with our heroine this conclusion was a wild ride that I am so glad I got on.

So I stand alone in not "loving" the ending but I didn't and hate it and most days thats all a girl can really ask for.

I recommend this series to lovers of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" obviously..

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  • terri j case
  • 28-12-16

The ending

I loved the hole series but I didn't like the ending that much. That's all

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-17

Horrible ending to the trilogy!!

I am at a loss was so invested in the story...but that was a terrible way to end it

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  • Daniel
  • 30-05-16

Good book overall.

Good book overall. I just didn't like all the love/relationship parts of the book. I do have to say the main focus on the war is great. (This goes for all three books.)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-01-16

Great ending

What aspect of Steven Kaplan and Mariel Stern ’s performance would you have changed?

They were not the worst. However, they both have parts of their voice that takes time to get use to but once your into the book its easily overlooked.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The ending was awesome with the many emotions and how quickly changes. It is somewhat predicable but still a great read.

Any additional comments?

This series is pretty good. This last book was hard for me to get into. Seemed like the first half lost some speed. However, the end ties up the series and makes it worth the read.

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  • Kimberly
  • 10-08-15

Good. Maybe great. Mixed feelings.

Overall I really liked this series and this last book. It's probably the most suspenseful of the three. I didn't love the ending. But that may be because I'm more of a HEA with a tidy epilogue to go with kind of a girl. You don't really get that with this one. Oh well. It's worth reading. So pick it up with YA Dystopian is your thing.

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  • Pmick
  • 24-06-15

A decent ending to the trilogy

A decent ending to the trilogy. The first book was still the best, though, as with true with most books in this genre.

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  • Kacie Finnegan
  • 24-06-15

Overall a pleasant surprise

I decided to try audible and to my surprise I actually wasn't put to sleep by someone reading to me. I wanted to read the book but never had the time to go out to get I so this was overall very nice.

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  • Leila
  • 01-03-15

Loved it

One of the saddest yet happiest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

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  • Joki
  • 20-11-13

Close of a Very Underrated Series

Champion was a satisfying ending to a solid dystopian trilogy - one of the most underrated in the last few years, in my opinion. Author Marie Lu manages to sidestep a lot of the cliches of the genre and end with a satisfying but not pat ending. But she also stays true to the Les Miserable inspiration as well.

June has returned to help Anden run the Repulic as a Princeps Elect while Day grapples with a tumor slowly destroying his brain. Separated by situation, both are grappling with the deaths and grief in their lives. But Anden is losing control of the government, the Colonies have a new, dangerous ally, and everything begins to fall apart as one of the previous plagues mutates. June has to hold the government and senate together, Day has to hold his own failing health and small family together, and the only cure to the plague could very well cost him the last family member he has left alive - his younger brother Eden.

Champion is a slow burn - much more about the politics and the pathos than in action (though the finale offers quite a punch). Both June and Day have matured greatly and I really appreciated that author Lu kept their voices unique and distinct (June's obsession with numbers, Day's gutter-rat colloquialisms) yet also gave them further depth as befitting what they went through in the first two novels.

Thomas, Jameson, Tess, and others all make appearances and their stories are discretely finished in addition to Day and June's emotional arc. This really is a layered book - a study in loss, grief, hopelessness, and at the center, hope. Both Day and June ended up being very against the cliches of the genre and the depth of their journey is extremely well written.

I listened to the audible version and both narrators were excellent - really giving life and energy to the characters.

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