“Then Day reaches out and touches my hand with his. He encloses it in a handshake. And just like that, I am linked with him again, I feel the pulse of our bond and history and love through our hands, like a wave of magic, the return of a long-lost friend. Of something meant to be. The feeling brings tears to my eyes. Perhaps we can take a step forward together.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
I finally read the final book in the Legend series by Marie Lu, Champion. I know that there is technically one more, but this book wraps up the overarching plot that started in book 1. Champion was a solid ending to an amazing series and wrapped everything up nicely. I have a couple of problems with the finale, however it was a great book, nonetheless, so I gave it 4 stars.
I wanted to start this review by talking about the absolute irony of this series. I went into this series knowing about the romance between June and Day, but I wondered how June would be able to get past the fact that Day killed Metias. We learn that Thomas did it, but Marie Lu made it that we went in wondering about one thing, but we leave with the opposite. In reality, Day had to deal with the fact that June played a large role in his family’s death. She may not have pulled the trigger, but she loaded the gun. I can’t believe that is how it all went down, but it’s extremely fascinating. It’s also ironic how June was the one who ended up being much closer to Tess than Day, especially considering their relationship and confusion about the two of each other.
One of the few complaints that I have is that it felt like the war ended very quickly. June killed Commander Jameson and, all of the sudden, there was peace. It seemed rushed and I wish we got to read about more of it, especially since the entire book was leading up to the war.
The only other complaint I have with this book is the fact that June never told Day who she was. She should have told him and allowed him to decide whether or not she should stay in his life. I believe that the scene where Day saw his mother was when Day finally came to peace with his family’s death and he would have been able to be with June. She should have given him the option. It especially sucks that they worked so long without each other, but at least it ended on a hopeful note for the two of them.
One thing that I was glad that we got to see was the full story of what happened between Thomas and Metias the night that Metias died. I’ve been invested in this storyline since we learned that there were deeper feelings between the two of them.
My favorite scene in this book was when June gave Day a paperclip ring that she made him. The scene in Prodigy when he gave her one was adorable, and it was incredibly sweet to see it come full circle.
Marie Lu is a fantastic writer who was able to throw in multiple unexpected moments in all of the books of this series. I’ve gone over those before, but the one in this book that impressed me was when we found out that June had the cure in her, not Eden. Also, the fact that Day lost his memory instead of dying was not what I expected. Even though I didn’t love that scene, it was incredibly well written and took me by surprise.
The final thing I wanted to talk about was how much I loved that June talked about what she did every birthday since the last chapter ended and the epilogue began. It was an interesting way to do it and I was glad to see everything that she went through over the years. It broke my heart when one of her birthdays was the first one she spent without Ollie. Also, even though I’m completely against Anden and June, I was glad that they got together because it made it that we couldn’t wonder “what if?” and no one could argue for their relationship. However, it also meant that June had someone in her life to help fill the void of Day, even though it didn’t last. I even loved that we saw how June stayed close with Tess and Pascao and that their relationships didn’t just end when the war was over.
Overall, Champion was a great ending that wrapped up this story incredibly well. I can’t wait to read Rebel and read from Eden’s point of view, but also to see where June and Day’s relationship picks up from where it left up. I’m also looking forward to reading other books by Marie Lu, especially Kingdom of Back.