yet not completely in mine. I enjoyed this story overall, and the writing is good. Yet, somehow the characters remained a bit flat and unconvincing ..Show More »for me. I was more "won-over" by Day than by June, though I came to like them both a little bit more by the end. I found June a bit "Princess-y" and annoying. I'm not sure how much that had to do with the choice of narration. Mariel Stern has a fine voice, it's just that with this story she didn't quite make the character believable to me. She was supposed to be physically trained, (strong), and very smart, yet she came accross as spoiled, sheltered and naive for most of the story. She seems to grow a bit by the end, though, I must say. And I came to like Day. Kaplan's portrayal of him is a little more matched to the character, as far as I'm concerned. Thomas was very convincing by the time you got into the meat of the story because of his sheer stepford-evil. He was "real" enough to make me mad. I like the overall premise and story, and again I'd like to say the writing is good. By the end it did make me care enough that I will check out the next installment of June and Day's story when the time comes.
This book had me...right up until the end. I was on the verge of giving it 4, bordering on 4.5 stars and then it took a turn that left me groaning wit..Show More »h annoyance.
The book was very good up until that point. In my opinion, better than the first. There was more detail, more action, more intrigue. The book starts out with Day and June fresh from their escape and on their way to Vegas, where they hope to find help in the Patriot rebels. From there, they are thrown into a plot to assassinate the new elector. They are split apart, reunited, exposed to harsh truths about both sides and forced to pick their path knowing that nothing will be as they hoped/expected. I kept expecting them to get split apart - divided by two causes and too many lies. But always Lu brought them back together with logic and sound reason that made sense considering these two characters who she has built with solid heads on their shoulders, even despite their ages. It was really good. But then, at the very last minute, she devolved into the silly YA nonsense that makes me want to stop reading YA entirely. Building false drama by making her characters become suddenly dumb when in the rest of the book, they were mature beyond their years and saw past all the lies and BS. It kind of ruined it for me.
I'll land on 3.5 stars for this one and I'm curious if I'll still be interested in book #3 when it comes out in 2014 (wtf!) If it was out already, I would read it. But I wonder if in a year (or more) from now, I will remember any of the good. Or if all I will remember is the bad taste that the ending of this one left in my mouth and decide to skip it
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 manag..Show More »es 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.