If you’re looking for a Hunger Games or Divergent read-a-like, this is a great series!
In the Republic, what is left of the western United States, there is war, both outside and inside. Outside, the Republic is at war with the Colonies, what is left of the eastern United States. Inside, the people suffer from virus epidemics and poverty while the upper classes, mainly made up of the military and government, hold all the power under the Prime Elector. Fifteen-year-old Day is the people’s hero and a wanted criminal. He steals to give medicine and food to those too poor and sick to do so (a Robin Hood figure, if you will). Fifteen-year-old June is just the opposite. She is the military’s prodigy and holds enormous potential for leadership and responsibility in the Republic. When June’s older brother and only family, Metias, is murdered, she is told Day is responsible and to bring him in. But when she is confronted with the real Day, she discovers he is simply trying to save his sick family and perhaps there’s more to the whole situation than she’s been led to believe.
When June made the decision to rescue Day from his execution, she began a series of events. First, she loves Day (though she won’t admit such), she threw into jeopardy the power of the people against the Prime Elector and government as the people of Los Angeles are rioting, and she caused them to be pulled into the rebellion by the Patriots, a secret group working to overthrow the current government and reunite the United States. Furthermore, Day is very injured and she needs the Patriots’ help to save his life. Their price for signing up with the Patriots and receiving help is that they must kill the new Elector, Anden. June returns to the Republic pretending to tell Anden of another assassination plot to restore her to her former rank, while Day is recruited as both a Runner and as a symbol for the people to rally around. Will June and Day’s love and loyalty remain intact or will the circumstances splinter them apart? They have the power to shape a nation, but a web of political manipulations, lies, and plots threaten to choke them at every turn.
“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.”
I can’t wait to read what becomes of June and Day (and their romance)!
Edit: Champion is reviewed here.