Champion by Marie Lu | Audiobook Review

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Champion by Marie Lu | Audiobook Review
Title: Champion
Written by Marie Lu
Read by Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
Series: Legend #3
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
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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 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: 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.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.


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MY THOUGHTS

“The ending was just……!!!”

So, I am in a bind as to how I felt about this book.  On the one hand, I really enjoyed it.  The plot was fast paced and felt like a quick listen, too (it had lesser chapters than the usual YA novel) and despite the fact that it had fewer chapters, the last book of the trilogy managed to answer a few questions.

That being said, I HATED the ending.  I mean View Spoiler » and June View Spoiler »!! So I just can’t get past it.

Let’s talk about June.  In this book, she becomes the Princeps-Elect and is in the running to become the Princeps.  The last Princeps was Andon’s mother so….it seems like a given that if she becomes the Princeps, she will become the Electors wife.  I also did not really connect much with June this time.  I felt she became a little TSTL for my taste and I thought she really didn’t deserve to be a Princeps-Elect.  Basically, I agreed with the other Princeps-Elect.  June didn’t really show any talents or skill to go into politics.  On a good note, June did admit that she wasn’t the right person for that position.

Now Day, on the other hand View Spoiler » so he gave up June in Prodigy because he didn’t want her to deal with his issues.  He becomes an “I don’t give a shit” teenager and basically just sulks and View Spoiler »  But he still loves June.  Still, I did not really felt his connection to June in this book.  I did not feel that their relationship developed further.

Despite the character flaws, I actually enjoyed the book.  There were a few eye-rolling parts but it was okay.  There were also a few parts that really touched me but nothing that made the whole book better.

Let’s talk about the ending.  I HATED IT!  I get that it was left hanging to make the readers guess and make their own conclusions about what happened BUT still!  June and Andon also started dating and I did not like that because I didn’t like Andon at all.  So June and Day meet again after 10 years…. AFTER 10 years!  But then the end left me hanging.  I knew they would end up being together but….. I don’t know.  I just felt that the ending was just wrong.

THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIO

Narrator: Mariel Stern & Steven Kaplan

Their narration was still superb and definitely helped me enjoy the book better had I read it instead.

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Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: 3
 

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge

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