Champion Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The explosive finale to Marie Lu's New York Times best-selling 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 peaceful existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government's elite circles while Day has been assigned a high level military position.
But when a plague outbreak, deadlier than any other, causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic's border cities, the two are thrown back together. June is the only one who knows the key to her country's defence. 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 best-selling trilogy, a brilliant reimagining of Les Miserables, draws to a stunning conclusion.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 3 minutes|
|Narrator||Stephen Kaplan, Mariel Stern|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 October 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 44,738 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
68 in Dystopian Fiction for Children
388 in Dystopian Sci-Fi Books for Young Adults
840 in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Children (Audible Books & Originals)
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This is the third book in a series.
I read Legend, the first book, after a recommendation from a website based on my love of Dystopian Fictions.
My review of Legend was... lacklustre. I enjoyed the storyline and the premise of the plot. I did not believe the love story at all and I didn’t feel that any of the characters were relatable or real.
However, because I enjoyed the story itself, I read the second book.
I LOVED Prodigy, this was an excellent book. The characters were more believable, the love story felt real, I really enjoyed it and wanted to find out more.
Then I got into Champion. It started well, continuing from where Prodigy left off. However, it quickly went downhill, with the characters returning to their former, unbelievable and unrelatable selves. As it happened, I got to about 60% of the way through and gave up. I just lost all interest unfortunately.
It’s a shame because the idea had so much potential.
Wow. This book was a fast-paced roller-coaster-ride of a read from start to finish. I found it extremely difficult to put this book down, and it was a real page turner.
My heart bled for June and Day as circumstances conspire, yet again, to keep them apart. I could really feel the emotional turmoil that both characters felt. Day is also dealing with the impact of his health problems and grows increasingly frustrated with the limitations it imposes on him.
Day is caught in the crossfire between the Republic and the Colonies and no matter what decision he makes someone he cares about will suffer. Definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place, if you can forgive my blatant cliché.
I loved the power struggle, and the story-line was epic; full of twists and turns, moves and counter-moves, as June, Day, and Anden, battle to stay ahead of their enemies.
The battle scenes at the end were incredibly well written; nail-biting and genuinely explosive. My heart was in my mouth the whole way through.
Then we come to the last couple of chapters, and the book lost some of it's appeal for me. I'm not going to outline why, as I don't want to give away any spoilers but I was disappointed with how things were left for June and Day.
Overall though I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend this series. I note in the acknowledgements that she talks about film rights, so I'm wondering if the movie has come out yet, or is it still in the planning phase? I'll have to check it out as I'd definitely be interesting in seeing this series on the big screen.
June is now one of three Princeps-Elect to Elector Anden, his confidant and right-hand woman. Anden has feelings for June and even though she does like him, she is still in love with Day.
Day has a position within the Republican army as a high-ranking officer. His strong, determination and loyalty to the cause has paid off, and he is seen as a hero in the soldier’s eyes.
The pair are reunited when a deadly plague is infecting the colonies and the Republicans are being blamed. With war imminent, the only hope of stopping conflict and saving the people is by using Day’s brother, Eden, who they think may hold the cure.
Can Day let his brother be used as a guinea pig to help save the colonies’ people?
This is the last book in the "Legend" trilogy, by Marie Lu.
Right from the first page I became hooked once again by June and Day’s story. Their love for one another, even when they can’t be together, radiates of the page. These are two people, who had such different experiences growing up, and should hate each other, but have found solace in one another instead.
The war between the Republicans and the Colonies kept me intrigued as to how the two opposing sides could find a solution for peace between them. The action between the two sides kept me entertained and engaged with the story, which was full of twists to the plot.
"Champion", had my emotions running wild. From anger and upset that June and Day had separated, wanting the pair to work through their dilemma, and back in each others arms, to sadness at Day’s illness and his weakening body.
The ending was beautifully written and is heart-wrenching, showing how much Day means to June as she’s willing to sacrifice everything that they have ever had together, to save his life.
Marie Lu manages to absorb the reader into the lives of the characters. She writes such vivid scenes, that you can visualise standing right in the middle of the action, and keeps you on your toes with surprises in every chapter.
I was sorry that the trilogy had finished and wished that it had gone on, but all good things must come to an end.
I'm not a lover of romance, but the Day/June relationship touched me deeply. They are two teenagers who understand that the world is bigger than them, and that love isn't about flowers and meaningless declarations. It's about caring for another person more than yourself, putting someone else first, protecting that person with your own soul. It's about holding on and letting go. I adored Eden. What a cutie. Lu perfectly presents an enviable relationship between him and his brother Day. I'd die for him, too. That's love. And that's good writing.
Champion has good emotional closure. It's what I like to call a three tissue ending. I have mixed thoughts about the epilogue. The picky writer in me thinks the book would have been perfect without it, that it in no way needed it. But the emotional wreck of a woman who has a very delicate and breakable heart, needed it like a kicked puppy needs a hug and a promise. It doesn't matter, though, because I loved the book either way.
Through the tears and the screams of anguish anyone will undoubtedly experience, you will find a well polished, exciting and heart warming conclusion to the <i>Legend</i> Trilogy. I found myself holding a tentative breath at times getting caught up in the action. I don’t think it could have ended any better.
It is so charming to read a really compelling story but at the same time you experience that all too inevitable feeling; that enormous detachment from knowing “it’s the end”. Lu has positioned the trilogy in such a way that, yes in fact it has ended, but has it come to the end of the road for Day and June?
I really got into the characters this time around and was surprised at how much I connected with Day. It is evident the time Lu has spend on perfecting his softer more vulnerable side, his hidden daemons and inner conflicts.
'And yet, I can’t blame Day either. I try to put myself in his shoes. The republic tries to kill me as a ten-tear-old; they experiment on me before I escape. I live the next few years in the harshest slums of Los Angeles. I watch the republic poison my family, kill my mother and older brother with their engineered plagues, because of the public’s experiments, I’m slowly dying. And now, after all the lies and cruelty, the republic approaches me, begging for my help'.
This quote sums it up for me. It’s like bang, bang, bang in quick succession. It’s one thing after another in Day’s life. But it appears that even though he was let down by the government he fights for, he still remains faithful.
I must say that Lu has come a long way since <i>Legend.</i> I’m so glad that she has managed to improve her skills with her plot choices, character positioning and awareness of setting. The technology mentioned in this conclusive novel is outstanding. It is so brilliantly executed that they are immediately believable upon reading about it.
Amongst other things, those extra refined details have got her to the place she is now- she has her fans screaming out for more. You only have to look at other peoples’ reviews to see this.
Just a little message to the author: Lu, it wasn’t so much Day who won the heart of the people, it was you!