Thursday, November 14, 2013

Champion by Marie Lu (Legend book 3)

"He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be champion?"

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first two books in the series, Legend and Prodigy, Stop! I don't want to ruin one of my favorite series for you.

It has been eight long months since the last time Day and June saw or spoke to one another. Under the pretense of seeking treatment for his brother Eden, Day has moved to San Francisco to seek treatment. Dying and away from the girl he loves, Day is shocked when he gets a request from the Primo Elector to come to an Independence Day banquet in Denver. He initially turns down the request but then June makes a personal call to him. Suddenly, his emotions are on a roller coaster ride. Trying to keep the hurt out of one another's voices, June tells him that the tentative peace treaty between the Republic and the Colonies has collapsed. The Colonies believe that the Republic used biological weapons on them and caused the illness that now plagues them. Day is needed to attend an emergency meeting to help figure out what to do next.

Anden, the young Elector, has come to June over the brewing crisis with the Colonies. He was too late to stop his father's use of biological weapons on the war front. The Colonies are demanding a cure or Africa and their military will join the war against them. June quickly realizes that there is no cure and that Anden's only hope is to use Eden to help find one. June knows that Anden is using her as Day's weakness to get him to agree to help just as he is using their friendship. Wanting to protect the people of the Republic, June reluctantly agrees. This was not how she wanted her reunion with Day to go.

Day and June are both nervous and cautious when they are finally reunited. When Alden explains the situation with the Colonies and his plan to use Eden to find a cure, Day leaves the table and June follows. She notices now pale he is and that he has lost weight. He tells her that he has had the flu but she knows that he is lying. June doesn't push him. He asks her what she would do in his situation because he only came because she asked him to. She tells him that the Republic will fall if attacked by the African superpower. Day looks at her and says that he will not allow his brother to be used again but he will help Anden and the republic in any way that he can.

Can a cure be found to the plague? Will it be in time to stop the impending war with the Colonies? Is Eden the key to the cure? Does June's friendship with Anden turn into something more? Will she become Anden right hand as the Princeps? Will a cure be found for Day? Does June discover the truth? Can Day and June find their way back to one another or will the needs of the Republic keep them apart?

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