I read this a whole three weeks ago- that epilogue completely obliterated any complaints I might've had with the book for a while, and I didn't dare write anything for fear that my review would be overflowing with angsty tears.
The epilogue just KILLED ME, man. It took an entire week of sobbing through fanmixes for me to finally accept that ending (THAT ENDING) and find closure!! But anyhow I still feel the need to rant a bit, so-
1) There seems to be something just a little
off with June and Day's characters this time. It was unsettling and I didn't connect to their characters as well as before. I don't know if it's just me, but it feels to me like when you don't know your characters well enough (i.e. from the inside out) and you leave them on your writing table for quite a while, and when you come back to them something about them has changed and their thoughts don't fit quite right on the pages like they did in Prodigy. (Am I making sense? Probably not. Nevermind)
2) There was a lot more relationship angst than was necessary. (Again the thing about June and Day behaving slightly odd)
3) I don't really like politics and maybe that's why I prefer Prodigy to Champion, because June is the Princeps Elect for the most part of the book and I preferred her as Agent Iparis because ACTION. Over here it's just politics, politics, politics for the main part of June's story.
This isn't to say that I didn't like Champion, I loved it! (BUT THE ENDING HELP ME) overall, this book is going on my special shelf. because it's special.
Thank you, Marie Lu, for writing one hell of a series that I ultimately still really-truly enjoyed :-)