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Nov. 5 2013 Legend (Book 3)
The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?  
 
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 bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
 

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Praise for CHAMPION:

STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
Remains masterfully true to its themes of loyalty, necessity, and dreams, eschewing any easy outs that the plot could offer.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from KIRKUS REVIEWS:
This exhilarating finale to the dystopian Legend trilogy delivers on the promises of the genre without ever being predictable about details. Ever respectful of the capacity of its readers, this series offers a satisfying conclusion of potential rather than a neatly wrapped denouement.”
 
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Don’t miss the first two books in Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling trilogy: LEGEND and PRODIGY!
 
 
Praise for LEGEND:
 
From ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:
“Fine writing and excellent execution. Sequel, please!”

 
From THE NEW YORK TIMES:
Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.”
 
 
From USA TODAY:
“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.”
 
 
From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
“an action-packed love story full of inventive details.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
Lu’s debut is a stunner. . . raises hopes high for the sequels to come. ”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from KIRKUS REVIEWS:
 “A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles. This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from BOOKLIST:
 “[D]elicious details keep pages turning . . . you’ve got the makings for a potent sequel.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from VOYA:
 “A fast-paced blend of action and science fiction (with only a hint of potential romance) means that this one will likely appeal to male and female readers alike.  Debut author Lu has managed a great feat—emulating a highly successful young adult series while staying true to her own voice. Legend will give Hunger Games fans something worthwhile to read.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION:
 “This book stands out . . .”
 
 
FROM KAMI GARCIA, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy
“A romantic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems—Legend is impossible to put down and even harder to forget.”
 
 
FROM SARAH REES BRENNAN, author of The Demon Lexicon trilogy
“A compelling dystopic world, with diverse characters, high tension and political intrigue. [If] you liked the Hunger Games, you'll love this.”
 
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Praise for PRODIGY:
 
Featured on ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S MUST-LIST!
 
From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
“Marie Lu has beaten the curse with Prodigy. . . it has all the chivalry of Robin Hood and all the shine and grime of Blade Runner . . . The well-drawn worlds, political undercurrents and the believability of the characters make it all feel fresh . . . Lu proves that a Book 2 needn't play second fiddle, providing intrigue and deep pleasure all its own.”
 
 
From THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS:
“. . . clear your calendar to allow yourself the luxury of reading this book in one or two sittings. You will be shaken . . .”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
 “Lu opts for a high simmer of intrigue in her sequel to Legend…taut and insightful.”
 
 
STARRED REVIEW from SHELF AWARENESS:
Stunning follow-up to Legend . . . The thrilling action and futuristic settings are sure to please fans of Divergent.”
 

 

About the Author

Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing April 3 2014
By klambi2
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The area before the epilogue reminded me of the ending of the divergent series, but the whole idea and story was amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 STARS Nov. 17 2013
By Sofie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've got to say, after the horrible disappointment Requiem (the last book of the Delirium trilogy) added with Allegiant, which was so awful I just wanted to hurl the book at the wall, I was really scared to read Champion. Mockingjay wasn't a fantastic ending either - were most dystopian series doomed to end badly? I was starting to wonder. However, I had already read Legend and Prodigy (plus I own them,) and when I saw Champion's rave reviews on Amazon.com, I knew it was safe to read it. Well, I have to say, Champion was a great conclusion to a great trilogy.

Legend is not my favourite dystopian series. It's not that I didn't love the world it was written in or that the author isn't a great writer, it's just that at the start of the series, our main characters were FIFTEEN and I'm sorry but that's super young. June didn't even turn 16 until Champion. I found it to be very unrealistic that two 15-year-old kids could do all this on their own. I still don't buy into it at all, but I managed to more or less overlook that. I did NOT manage to overlook 20-year-old Anden kissing 15-year-old June (disgusting much?) But the only real flaw to this series is the ages of June and Day (oh yeah, and that previously-mentioned kissing scene.) I'm so glad I picked up this series because I loved its dystopian world and June and Day are both very well-written characters. I love that their romance wasn't insta-love or saying "I love you more than anything" before the second book. No, June is indirectly responsible for the death of Day's family, and even in this book, that still haunts him. Good, it's not realistic for him to be able to get over that.

In Champion, we get to visit Antarctica, which sounded so fascinating and I wish that country had been explored more because wow, it's really cool!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 29 2014
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Happy tears is what this book gave me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read to Finish this AMAZING TRILOGY :) Nov. 5 2013
By ItzKell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Yeah, I'm a guy...who cares? (Obsessed with Dystopian Novels...dunno why)

After the extremely disappointing read of Allegiant, and the s***ty conclusion to Divergent, I was pretty worried about the ending to this series, because of what Marie Lu said in an interview, "I hope people still like me after the ending! I'm honestly not entirely sure if I'm going to be getting a lot of hate mail, but we'll see what happens"!; as many people have said, life sucks as it is, we want a good ending :P. Some of the people reading this book might not like the ending...but it gave me a really good feeling as Day said the exact lines in a previous book, not sure if it was Legend or Prodigy, but Marie Lu brought the ending full circle. I bought Legend, Prodigy, and The 5th Wave (apocalyptic novel, great read, 1st book in a trilogy) in July. I read The 5th Wave first, and then I read Legend and Prodigy in two successive days. After the cruel ending/cliffhanger of Prodigy (already had one of these with The Mark of Athena), I was annoyed that I had to wait another 4 months for the final book, BUT IT WAS WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!! Sucks for the people that had to wait longer...

PLEASE DON'T CONTINUE IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS (If you don't want to buy the book, and get a summary of pretty much what happens in the story, you can read below. If not, just read what I wrote above, and get the book for yourself as you won't be disappointed *cough cough* Veronica Roth)

If you read the Preview of Champion, you would know the story starts 8 months after Day left June. Thomas and Commander Jameson are sentenced to death (They escape). So, overall, the story was very good (spent 3 and a half hours reading through all 369 pages), just like Legend and Prodigy. There was a good amount of action, and some amazing scenes that I felt were powerful (one sexual one that was a bit awkward...). So pretty much, we know that the Colonies are going to war again, with the Republic, because of Eden and the stupid plagues. The Republic, tries to get help from other countries, particularly Antarctica. For some reason, Africa (apparently a super power now) has already decided to help the Colonies, and they initiated a surprise attack against the Republic. No doubt, the Republic is going to lose this war, as they have no strong army. Antarctica is apparently one of the most powerful country/continent in the world now, and they can change the weather as they please, change the color of their skyscrapers as they please, and have a built in level system. This level system is actually pretty cool, as you automatically go into the system at the age of 13, and the system tries to make it so you don't do "bad" things. Such as cheating, which gives you -5 points, while doing simple things such as bowing down to higher ups give you +1, and watering a plant gives you +1 points. June goes on and on about how advanced Antarctica is about, but unfortunately, the Republic cannot get Antarctica's help, unless they find a cure to stop the disease that has spread, or if the Republic is willing to give up Dakota (greatest land territory in the Republic).

The story continues, where pretty much Day is torn up about loving June, since she's the person that technically caused the death of many of his family members, and June is torn up with Day, because she hates the fact that every time he sees her, he'll also see the pain she has caused for him. Pretty much, in one scene, Day just goes to June and says that "billions of people will come and go, but no one will ever be like you". Since he's dying, he regrets this, so he then asks if June loves him. If she doesn't, he can finally let go, and it'll be ok if he dies, but June says she does love him, and then they pretty much spend the night together. In the morning, Day thinks that June is still sleeping, even though she's not. Day leaves to go to his old house, where he grew up, and he's so torn up about his feelings, that he just goes to where his old room was, and starts crying his eyes out, knowing that he'll always love June, but he'll always see the pain she's caused. June follows him secretly, and only sees that he's crying (she's smart though, Lu gives you the impression that she knows everything Day's thinking).

The story goes on, and pretty much, without Antarctica's help, the Republic will fall, so Day comes up with the idea of a fake surrender, and then attacking the Colonies where it hurts. This is because the leader of the Colonies somehow hacked into the Republic's frequencies, and contacted Day, and told him that pretty much, if Day helps the Colonies win the war, everyone Day loves will be spared, but if he doesn't, June dies, Eden dies, Tess dies, etc. Meanwhile, the plague is still destroying the lives of many people, and Day has agreed to let Eden help the people by trying to find a cure. However, we figure out that Eden is not Patient Zero of the new strain of disease (you also find out that the Colonies created this new plague to make a fake outrage. There was never going to be a peace treaty, they wanted to win the war all along. Commander Jameson was helping them the entire time). However, in Prodigy, June was sick, when she and Day went over to the Colonies. June believes that this is the other side of the disease the Colonies used to create the new string, and it turns out she's correct. They find a somewhat cure. So the fake surrender happens, and Day gets everyone in the cities to rally behind him, and fighting the Colonies at every turn (I'm leaving out small details). Eventually, the Colonies fight back, and...

Pretty much, what happens is that Commander Jameson escaped her trials (I mentioned this earlier). She's on top of a rooftop with some other soilders of the Colonies, and she's sniping down all the Republic soilders down below. This part is narrated from June's point of view. June pretty much says that "something of interest" catches Jameson's attention. Someone's charging below toward Eden, and of course it's Day.

I had an Allegiant flashback...

Jameson starts aiming her sights on Day, and she shoots but misses, and she shoots but misses again. Day has retrieved Eden at this time, but then Jameson shoots again. June says that a "shriek of pain from a voice I knew all too well erupted below". Jameson shoots again, hitting Day one more time, and then June shoots her...but misses. So pretty much, Day's been shot twice, and now Jameson is trying to kill June. In the end, June throws her off the building, but Jameson catches June as well...so June is dangling over the edge with Jameson clutching to some of the building's support. June yells at the soldiers below to shoot Jameson, and Jameson says "I knew you couldn't kill me yourself". Jameson gets shot, and June's alright.

June's on the ground running over to Day, and then she holds him up, while he's bleeding to death. After Day loses consciousness, June screams about how cruel fate is, and that after everything they've been through, they deserve each other. June makes a deal with "God". She pretty much prays and says that she's willing to sacrifice anything for Day to stay alive.

Well, sure enough, Day stays alive...after being in a coma for many months. One day, she's waiting outside his hospital room like she does everyday, and a doctor comes out saying that Day's awake. The bad news is that Day has slight amnesia, and doesn't remember much of what has happened in the last few years, so pretty much Day has no clue who June is. However, the doctor says that there's a decent chance that Day will remember sooner or later, if people help him with his memories (Eden, and Tess). June goes into see Day, but Day just sits there looking at her like she's a stranger. June goes on for a few pages about how much pain she's caused Day, and that this is her one chance to not hurt him...so she lies to him and tells him that she's just a person sent from the Republic to see how well he's doing. He obviously believes her. We find out that in a bit, Day and Eden go to live in Antarctica because Eden's very smart in construction, mechanics, and building structures...and now we get to the epilogue.

10 YEARS LATER

We find out that it's June's 27th birthday, and that in her past birthdays, she's dated the Elector for a few years, but then broke up with him because she could never love him the way she loves Day. However, this birthday is hard for her, because Metias died when he was 27, and now she's going to be the same age as him. Tess and June are good friends now, and June was going to go over to her house for dinner that night, and Tess told her that if she watched the news, she would be in for a surprise. Naturally, June watches the news, and finds out that Eden is coming back to work for the Republic, and so Day would be coming with him. As June walks on the road to Tess's apartment/house, she sees two tall figures, one jabbering on about stuff (Eden), and one that's listening intently. She notices that it's Eden and Day, but she doesn't want to hurt Day again, so she doesn't say anything as she walks past them two. However, as she walks past, Day turns to look at her, and asks her if she knows him. She says no, but then he's like "I swear I know you". After a few more moments of looking at her, he says "I remember you". June looks at him, and she narrates that when she looks into Day's eyes, there are no more painful glances, and that there is a scar that is healed. So pretty much Day has somewhat forgiven June. Day says, "It's you", and June replies "Is it?". Day then goes on and says "There's a fog around you, that I would like to clear". June says that she doesn't want to be the first person to do anything, and that she's getting anxious, but finally Day reaches out and shakes her hand.

"Hi," he says. "I'm Daniel"
"Hi," I reply. "I'm June"

FULL CIRCLE!!!

A fitting ending to this masterpiece trilogy by Marie Lu. I really hope she gives us a short story like maybe a few years after (like the prequel, but a short sequel)... NOW GO MAKE SOME BABIES :D!
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Conclusion to the Legend Series. Nov. 6 2013
By Robin Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Star Rating for Champion
4 Star Rating for the complete Legend Series

After a few very disappointing endings to dystopian trilogies this year...Requiem I'm still upset and Allegient you're still in the corner, you know what you did....I was worried that Marie Lu would follow that trend. OMG thank god she didn't. Marie Lu actually remembered what her trilogy was about and stayed very true to the meaning of the overall story. Yes, there are heartbreaking moments, tragedies, sacrifices but they were all believable and well within what I thought the characters would do. Honestly this was not one of my favorite dystopian series going into Champion. But Marie Lu has completed a very strong series overall and the last book in the series is my favorite.

There is something for everyone in this series. It has enough action to keep things entertaining, a sweet complicated romance aspect, love of family, honor, duty, struggles, heroism and sacrifice.

- "What's the point of keeping in touch with the girl you're crazy about, when you're dying?" - Day

Champion starts out eight months after Prodigy ended. Day and June haven't really talked after their tear filled break up. Day is still hiding that he is sick, but can't get June out of his mind even after all this time. He is still fiercely protective of his little brother Eden who is still recovering after getting a mutated version of the plague. Anden is desperate to convince Day to let the republic use Aden to try and make a vaccine since the plague is now going through the colonies and the republic will soon be under attack if they can't provide a cure. June is caught in the middle as she can see both Day and Anden's side of the argument. June will protect Day as much as she can since she still feels responsible for the death of his mother and brother.

In Prodigy we learned that the colonies while different than the republic might not be better. A country run completely by corporations still had so many issues that it wasn't the perfect haven some had expected it to be. The republic is broken and Anden needs some outside help if they want a chance of holding out against the colonies. Anden and June go to Antarctica in search of an alliance but the price they ask is steep. I liked how the culture of Antarctica was represented. We have seen a republic pretty much ruled by a dictator, the colonies ruled by corporations and now Antarctica which is based mostly on a reward system similar to a video game. It was a very interesting concept and I liked the visualization of it.

The main storyline of the republic becoming more than it was under the regime of Anden's father and being broken but change taking some time was steady with what I expected from the trilogy. June and Day's continued involvement against the new threat was engrossing and I felt like they were both in real danger multiple times. Day got to go back to his roots from Legend where he pulled stunts for the republic now against the colonies instead of the other way around. June really grows into the woman she is going to be. There are some very hard choices she makes and her emotions sometimes broke my heart as she struggle to do the right thing.

Some people get to redeem themselves against the mistakes made in Legend and Prodigy while others continue down more destructive paths. Thomas and June had quite a moment in the book reliving the death of Matias and it is a very well written argument where you could see the motivations behind what Thomas did even if you can't forgive his betrayal. He really did strive protect the republic in his own twisted way.

There is also some good time spent on the June/Day relationship. Their lives have been intertwined in love and pain. Each trying desperately to do what is best for the other.

- "Do you have any idea," He says in a soft broken hoarse whisper, "Do you know how, how badly I wish?" He pulls away long enough to look me desperately in the eyes. "If you don't love me, just say it. You have to help me. It would probably be for the best. It would make it easier to stay away from you. Wouldn't it?" - Day to June

June really proves how unconditionally she loves Day how much she is willing to sacrifice for him. It was beautiful and heartbreaking.

Marie Lu gives us a look 10 years in the future at the end and I think that ties up all the loose ends rather well. I liked how the entire story really comes full circle. The last chapter is really beautiful and full of Hope for a better future.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for not being Allegiant! Nov. 7 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was such a sweet relief after finishing the Divergent series and being utterly disappointed. Lu did a fantastic job wrapping up this story and now I'm just sad it's over. Definitely worth the wait :)
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more Nov. 8 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In the final book of the Legend trilogy, the Colonies and the Republic go to war and June and Day are chosen to help lead the Republic.

I picked up this trilogy becuase of Amazon recommendations and absolutely loved the first book. It reminded me a bit of Divergent in the sense where the was a lot of action, drama, twists and turns, and some romance. the second one, i liked, but i had hoped for more. the first one set such a strong tone that i expected that to carry over. I had hoped that this book would make up for what i missed in the 2nd book. Unfortunately that didnt really happen.

The big fight sequence was very short that i wished that Lu would have made this part longer. The whole book built up to this big fight coming, but nothing really came, except for that one fight that lasted a few pages. I had hoped for more battle sequences especially because i love the way that Lu writes them.

unlike what some other people might say about the ending, i did like it. it shows the side effects of what can happen in a war, but there is a silver lining. i am an optimist at heart and i like it when the ending has a sweet, even if it's bittersweet, ending. There was no big questions left unsaid, especially involving June and Day's relationship. i like that Lu did give that part a finality feeling.

overall, it was an ok ending for the book, but i had expected more. perhaps i have been used to all these dramatic endings, that when an ending like this comes along, it leaves me disappointed. my opinion may change a few months from now if/when i re-read it, but for now this is where it stands.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST 2 BOOKS Jan. 27 2014
By Adelena - Published on Amazon.com
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If you’re reading this, it means I’ve finally forced myself to sit down and write a review of Champion by Marie Lu. Why have I been dragging this? Once I’ve finished this review, it’ll feel like I’ve said an official goodbye to Day, June and the entire Legend trilogy. I might never get to really wax poetry on my love for this spectacular trilogy again (unless a movie adaptation is released). However, farewell is inevitable.

I’m unsure whether I’ve mentioned this before, but I simply adore Marie Lu’s simple and fast paced writing style. It complemented the action and suspense in Champion incredibly well and had me glued to every page. Before I continue with this review, I should probably share some of my reactions to the end of Prodigy and Champion‘s synopsis:

DAY IS DYING?! WHAT. MARIE LU. WHAT. IN. THIS. GODDY. DARN. WORLD. ARE. YOU. DOING. TO. OUR. HEARTS.
I knew there would be a plague outbreak sooner or later.
Oh, that beautiful cover. Let me grope it!
Now, I am obviously not a very sane person but at least I’m honest.

Moving on. Day and June had a prodigious amount of growth since Legend. They were chewed up by life then spit out in a mess over and over again but instead of letting that cripple them, they came back wiser than ever. Gone were the childlike naïveté they had at 15, in its place were 2 young adults forced to grow up too quickly. Having gone through their gruesome journey with them in the whole of the trilogy, Day and June have grown on me so much, as if they were my personal friends.

I remembered back when reading Legend, I had been a little iffy about the lack of information on the world outside of the Republic. Let me just say that in Champion, the believability of the rest of the world was unprecedented. Marie Lu’s concept of Antarctica and its capital city, Ross City, was absolutely fascinating! Moreover, the world politics involved were realistic yet not overly complicated. Basically, I simply revered the world building!

I’m going to avoid any sugarcoating and outright tell all of you that Champion was an extremely emotionally crippling book. The choices faced were impossible and heartbreaking and the stakes higher than ever. All the characters in Champion, not just Day and June, were so intricate and Marie Lu portrayed each of their pains in life beautifully. I could really tell how the events in the story affected everyone, no matter what social class or where their allegiances laid.

Regarding the very end of the book, it’s hard for me to rationally express my feelings about it but I will try. I died but I survived (in a way). My heart was shattered then pieced back together all wrongly. Oh, and my eyes were leaking like problematic faucets. Leaking is actually a severe understatement. Despite it crushing me, I utterly loved the way Marie Lu ended the trilogy. You simply know an ending is perfect when you can’t imagination anything better. I completely understood and admired June and the decision she made towards the end. It was painful but selfless and I’m not sure if I would have the strength to do that had I been in her place.

Overall, I just want to wrap this trilogy up in a pretty package, lock it in a private compartment in my heart and throw away the key. Though I think I might’ve already done that… Endearing, action packed, intense and heartrending, there’s no way I wouldn’t be recommending this trilogy to everyone I know! And now I guess it’s time to say goodbye. Before I end this off, I would just like to say a huge thank you to Marie Lu for sharing Day and June’s phenomenal journey with all of us readers and I would not ever forget them nor this awe-inspiring trilogy.
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