A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Realism isn't Champion's strong suit, but the book does raise interesting questions about what makes a good leader and how governments can manipulate and betray their citizens.
Champion shows how a tyrannical, totalitarian state might be overthrown and develop into a society that cares for its citizens. The path isn't easy, but the characters demonstrate why it's worthwhile.
Positive Role Models
Despite the tragedies they endured in Legend and Prodigy, Day and June keep up their struggles to turn the Republic away from its totalitarian past. Brave and resilient, they put the needs of others before their own.
Violence & Scariness
Set during wartime, Champion contains violence, but it's not particularly graphic in its presentation. Both major and minor characters are shot in battle scenes. A supporting character is sickened by a weaponized virus.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The 17-year-old main characters spend an evening making love, but there's almost no description of the physical act. Rather, such passages concentrate on the characters' emotions.
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Characters in Champion use the made-up word "goddy" as a mild expletive. More mundane curses, such as "hell" and "damn," are used infrequently, and there's an instance or two of "bulls--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Day sometimes smokes a medicinal "cigarette." Two 17-year-old characters share a meal that includes wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Champion is the concluding volume in Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, following Legend and Prodigy, and it brings the various story lines to their satisfying resolutions. Set during wartime, the novel features violence, including gun- and knife fights and the spread of a weaponized plague virus, but the details are not dwelt upon. Aside from one discreet scene in which the protagonists share a night of lovemaking, there's little sexual content. There's a tiny amount of drug and cigarette use.
Is It Any Good?
Although Champion has plenty of action scenes, the conflict is a bit more interior than it was in the trilogy's preceding volumes. That's a good thing, as it prevents the story from recycling plot points and allows the relationship between June and Day to develop in complexity. Author Marie Lu does a fine job of pulling together the disparate elements of the narrative, creating a climax and denouement that feel both conclusive and well earned.
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