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 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.
When Champion opens, 8 months have passed from the events of Prodigy. June is training to be the Princeps in Denver, while Day has been undergoing treatment at Los Angeles, unbeknownst to her. They have been out of communication because of distance and the complicated situation between them. There is a lot of history between the two of them, so while they yearn for each other, they are also afraid to seek out the other. Then the Republic is under attack from the Colonies, peace negotiations are failing, and basically shit is hitting the fan. She hates it but has to bring herself to ask him to give up the only family he has left, for the sake of the Republic. It was all so scary and dire, I was hooked.
The book, though shorter than usual finales, packs a lot of action into it. It still, however, devotes time to the emotional upheaval the main characters are going through, as well as Anden. It is a difficult time and so many things were unsafe, including the fates of our beloved characters. The ending, was so damn well-written, that I am overcome by emotions. And that epilogue! Lu, you do know how to torment us, but also how to reward us. That ten years later scene packed in so much in one chapter, that I am eternally grateful for the farewell given to these characters. Brilliant book!
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