A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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.
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What's the story?
As CHAMPION opens, it seems as if the Republic, for which Day and June have individually sacrificed so much, might enjoy some peace and stability under its reformed government. However, with a peace treaty imminent, an outbreak of plague threatens to undo everything they've struggled for. The Colonies prepare to attack the Republic's border cities, and Day and June must decide to whom their true loyalty belongs, even if it means losing everything they love.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why dystopian novels are so popular. How do you think the Legend trilogy compares with other dystopian series?
If you had a life-threatening illness, would it be better to hide the truth from your loved ones?
What are the ethics of governments using bioweapons, such as plague viruses? Should they be unilaterally banned?
- Author: Marie Lu
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
- Publication date: November 5, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 384
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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