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Champion by Marie Lu

Champion by Marie LuA review by Nalini Haynes

Champion concludes the Legend trilogy. I’ve previously reviewed Legend and Prodigy; I recommend reading these reviews first.

June Iparis and Day (aka Daniel Wing) continue to tell their stories in chapters that alternate points of view. They’re teenagers who have suffered under a corrupt government in a dystopian future, fighting for themselves, their families and the people.

The Republic of America in which June and Day live is an austere authoritarian environment but they discover the alternative Colonies society is run by money-hungry corporations who refuse police and medical help if citizens aren’t fully paid up.

Anden, the new Elector Primo (head) of the Republic, is trying to make changes but he’s coming under fire from his own senate even before the Colonies break the cease-fire with Africa’s backing. An outbreak of a new virus to which there is no known cure threatens everyone.

June, Day and Anden create a romantic triangle although June’s loyalty and love belong to Day.

Day is dying, a brain tumour inflicted upon him by the Republic’s experiments before they tried to murder him like an out-of-date lab rat.

Many threads combine to weave this tale. Mostly the story is exciting and engaging although there are some inconsistencies, like when Day switches from being debilitated by his illness to scaling a building twice in one night (down then up) when no reason was offered for not taking the stairs or elevator.

I enjoyed the Legend trilogy and highly recommend it, especially because of the ending. I won’t offer any spoilers, only to say that the ending balances real life and romance well.

Four stars.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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