Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Length: 371 pages
Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?
- So we explored the outside of the Republic and into the colonies! Yes! Just what I was hoping for! It was really nice to see how the decisions that were being made in the Republic really effected those who didn’t necessarily live there. I loved as well how all of the events that were building up in each of the colonies they visited really came together in the end when Day was addressing the Republic from the top of the building. That was definitely a plot point that I was sitting in my seat applauding Marie Lu for.
- Speaking of plot points, throughout the entirety of the novel we were given a vast array of backstories in order to keep the plot interesting. I freaking loved these back stories, especially those of the side characters who I felt needed some depth in their characterisation. The side characters were also some of my favourites in this novel and for a moment made me forget entirely about Day and June. Kaede, Anden and Tess. I was so glad that each of these characters got some well deserved character development. As a second book in the series I felt that these really needed to be built up in this book if they were aiming to be ‘complete’ by the finale of Champion. But alas, we had to say goodbye to one of my favourites: Kaede. I literally wept over the scene where she got shot. A lot of people that I have spoke to about Kaede’s character have said that they didn’t identify with her much and that she was just too much of a ‘fighter’ character to enjoy. Of course she was! She was a rebel! What do people really expect?
- However, similarly to the last book I did find one slight negative to discuss and it’s actually a writing technique that a lot of author’s use to give the reader extra information that won’t benefit necessarily to the overall plot. Dream sequences. It seemed in this book that every chapter, especially Day’s seemed to begin with him dreaming and waking up with this new dream realisation. I mean I enjoyed what I was reading about and I was grateful to Marie Lu for all of the additional information, but please, find another technique that doesn’t primarily lead to the character’s dreaming. It is so annoying after a while.
Overall this was another fantastic book in the series, and I could actually have felt that this book could have been a worthy as a finale if this had been a duo-logy instead of a trilogy, so I will definitely be intrigued to see how this develops into the third and final instalment. I give this book a classification rating of 5 stars!