SciFi Book Review: Champion

Champion by Marie Lu

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.

Months have passed since the events at the end of the last novel. Day hasn’t seen June since then. And when they do finally speak, it’s awkward. But they still love each other. June is put in a difficult position when she has to ask him to turn his little brother over to scientists so they can develop a vaccine for the new plague that is spreading. Meanwhile, war looms with the neighboring Colonies, using the plague as an excuse.

Packed with intrigue, drama, and a bit of romance – Champion is a stirring conclusion to a solid trilogy. The climactic final showdown is heart wrenching and surprising. But the last chapter will leave readers satisfied with the endearing final scene. This dystopic trilogy is a thrilling and emotional roller coaster that doesn’t disappoint.