By Marie Lu.
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.
This is the third book in the Legend trilogy, which is very enjoyable. We find out at the end of the second book that Day is dying, and he chooses to withhold this information from June and pushes her away, encouraging her to take the job as Princeps-Elect.
I thought it was a weird choice to disclose this information at the end of the second book, I didn’t feel it worked as a cliffhanger.
So throughout the third book, June and Day are trying to be apart while wanting to be together, and I felt the tension was a bit forced. In the end, Day doesn’t die, but he loses his memory of the last couple of years, which of course means he doesn’t remember June at all. Literally 5 seconds after she learns this, June decides that the best course of action is to let him continue to be unaware of who she is and of their history together, and basically let him go. Which is crap, really.
This all leads to an epilogue of sorts that is kind of cute though. They meet again on the streets of LA ten years later, and Day of course feels a pull towards her. The book ends with them starting over, and meeting each other for the first time, a second time. All in all, this turned out to be a happy ending, with a ten-year delay. And while I didn’t agree with June’s decision, I get it. It allowed them the time and distance to dispose of all the emotional baggage associated with their relationship.
One thing I did think was hilarious was Antarctica. The whole point system of the game of life was spot on, and it’s scary to realize that it could actually work in real life!
I also liked the fact that, while the war was resolved for now, we don’t really know where they went from there. The future was wide open. And that’s life too. One day at a time.
3 hearts out of 5.