This time, it's about eight months after the last instalment, and Day's on medication to try to cure his diseased hippocampus that June still doesn't know about. What's new, the Republic and the Colonies are trying to establish a peace treaty but the Colonies are refusing and are apparently in quarantine after a nuclear bomb that the old Elector ordered (the evil one, the one that created the Trials, and the one that is certainly not Anden). Also, Thomas and Commander Jameson are facing trial for assassination attempt, and during this situation there is a conversation between June and Thomas that teleports them and us back to events of the first book, and June ends it on a high and strong note. So after the first three chapters, the basis of the book is properly established, with Eden holding what doctors believe to be the way to finding a cure and I expected and sort of hoped for a full-on argument that presents both sides and I sort of got what I wanted, as the Republic slowly crumbles.
I was loving the book three eighths into the book, but there's unfortunately a little too much running away and Day's slowly dying announcement was shown a little too early for June and I wanted it to go a little more into the book. If Marie Lu did that, it'd probably lead to the most tear-jerking ending in history. What's wrong is that the book can't seem to decide if it's about peace or violence. June says herself that she'd rather be a soldier than a politician, and that's the exact reaction I was getting from this book. June seems to be unable to decide whether life would be better off with the Republic or Colonies and even resorts to researching what once was the United States halfway into the book during a big conference but never thinks about a whole new country. Day, on the other hand, only thinks about the Republic, despite the annoying amount of time we spend with him and his past home thinking about a country that hasn't really done anything for him and sees the Colonies as the enemy, which in a way, they are, but he never really listens to anything the Chancellor of the Colonies says. In Prodigy, we see a glimpse of a DesCon Colonies soldier refusing to help an innocent woman out when failing to deliver her payments to the board and that's all it took for Day to switch sides, plus June injected with something funny, but still, it was exactly like the Republic; the corrupt government rules the powerful people, so what's the difference? Day, like June, never realizes this. There's also a situation involving Commander Jameson switching sides to the Colonies, which may be one of the worst parts of the book. It's like an Al Qaeda terrorist switching sides to America and getting off scot-free despite countless murders of their people.
The third act starts near the start of Page Three-Hundred, when there's a brief mystery involving the plague that is brought up and then resolved in a supremely fascinating way; Marie Lu included a slight brain teaser that is not so ridiculous that we can't get it before the characters do. And there's a very good gunfight that left me turning the pages, and the denouement ending is mostly a breath of fresh air. The big problem is the conclusion itself. Ugh. I think we had enough relationship talks in Prodigy, when they were perfect. Now they've grown a little tired and tells the real ending in a giant flashback. It's like the real story we've been waiting for was removed from the book. Also, there's a twist with Day's hippocampus and I don't know if the body is supposed to work like that. June found a solution suitable and I found it reasonable but not what we'd rather be reading. I still cared about June and Day's relationship, but I cared about the outcome of the Republic and Colonies threat more.
In conclusion, Legend is actually the second book series I've read from beginning to end, Escape from Furnace in first. And I think this is neck and neck with Amy Tintera's Reboot and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as the best love story ever told. But two books all about June and Day's doomed love is enough.
Champion is a step down from the second book, and the first book, but there are far worse ways to end a series this amazing.