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Booklist - 11/15/2013 *Starred Review* In this heart-pounding conclusion to the Legend series, Day, champion of the people, and June, now a Princeps-Elect and confidant to the young Elector Anden, once again find themselves in trouble and in love. The Republic is being attacked by the Colonies, who are sure that a deadly virus has been inflicted upon them by their enemy. They will only halt their bombardment if a cure is delivered to them. And the only way to find a cure is further experimentation on Day’s beloved brother, Eden, which is something Day will never agree to. The hallmark of this series has been its nonstop action coupled with the burning desire (and complicated relationship) between Day and June. The last of the trilogy amplifies both. Neither Day nor June are comic-book characters—nor, for that matter, is Anden, the third leg of the triangle. Each of them (and young Eden, too) are carefully explored, bringing a personal depth to the action. The resolution of the war has some blurry edges, but readers will be much more interested in the fates of Day and June. How Lu ties up their relationship is done with such patience and feeling that it might bring on a few tears (of happiness or sadness, I’m not telling), but readers will come away grateful that she has given this beautifully crafted series the ending it deserved.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans of this best-selling series have been waiting with bated breath for the conclusion. Expect demand. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2014 Gr 8 Up—Factions will fight, traitors will be tried and convicted, and secrets revealed before star-crossed lovers Day and June's powerful story ends in the final book in the trilogy. Day and his brother, Eden, are in San Francisco for medical treatment after Eden was subjected to virus experiments by the Colonies. June is in Denver acting as one of the Princeps-Elect. After months apart without any communication, June asks Day to return with Eden so that the Republic can use the virus Eden is carrying to find a cure for the plague that has invaded the Colonies. The Colonies believe that the Republic has a cure, and issue an ultimatum that unless the Republic reveals it, the Colonies will attack. Then they renege on their promise to hold off and attack without warning. The Republic's Elector desperately needs allies but no one wants to help. Day is also trying not to let June know that he's dying. The Colonies' Chancellor knows that the people will follow Day, and if Day can get the citizens to accept the Colonies' rule, the Chancellor promises to save them and Day's loved ones. Can they find a cure for the virus in time? Can Day and his old Patriot friends defeat the Chancellor and his soldiers? June and Day's future together is equally uncertain. They love each other but their painful pasts and June's involvement in Day's family's deaths will always be between them. Lu's unexpected ending adds an extra poignancy to their complicated relationship. Fans who loved Legend (2011) and Prodigy (2013, both Putnam) won't want to miss this one.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.