By Marie Lu
Publication date: Nov. 5, 2013
Putnam Juvenile, 369 pages
The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!
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. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
— Goodreads.com description
Things to love about it:
– It’s dual points of view — which I usually dislike — but the voices are so distinct and the information and perspectives they provide so vital that it’s really enjoyable.
– It’s got it all: Fighting, suspense, loooooooove, political intrigue, family, death, betrayal. All the good things!
– Speaking of loooooooove…June + Day = one of the best dystopian romances out there. Their longing, their fierceness, their stubbornness, the paper clip rings…they all just melted me.
If you have read these books, you’ll remember that Prodigy ended on quite the cliffhanger. And by “quite the” I mean a spoiler SO GUT WRENCHING I WAS LIKE OH NO YOU DIDN’T MARIE LU!
Because of this revelation (I’m being vague so I don’t spoil anyone) and the fact that I’d JUST read Allegiant, I was scared to death. Truly, I read the whole book feeling crazy nervous.
Thankfully, I am super duper thrilled with how the series ended. Totally satisfying.
This is the point in the post where I kick myself for not taking a picture earlier this month when I went out to lunch with Marie (Isn’t that fun?! Thanks, Penguin, for facilitating!). Marie! Next time! Thank you for writing such a beautiful series and for taking the time to let me gush to you about it.
Readers, check this one out. Let me know in the comments if you have or if you will!