Champion is my least favorite of the Legend trilogy. It is about trying to save the Republic and cure the plague. It deals with infirmity, mortality, insecurity, love and loss. There is a lot of focus on war strategy, though I am not quite sure the Republic’s strategy is sound.
The war plays out in a predictable way, and that is okay. However, all of the other things thrown in during the peak of the fighting take away from expected battle scenes. The build-up in the book all leads to war, so I feel that the clash between the Republic and Colonies with friends lacks depth.
Day chooses to keep a very important secret from June. In my opinion, doing so is selfish on his part. What does he think will happen to June when she learns the truth, in the way he expects? What a waste of time.
There are choices made by June that do not make sense either. Keeping the truth really gains nothing because eventually the truth will out. When it finally does, the wounds become fresh again. With truth, and a few years, grief becomes less palpable and forgiveness becomes possible.
With memory never encouraged nor restored, a person remains a victim of circumstance. I am not a fan of the way this book ends.