“June and Day have sacrificed much for the people of the Republic-and for 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 holds a high-level military position. Just as a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and only June 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.”


This book.

All I can say is WOW.

This was a fantastic conclusion to an amazing series. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

From where we left of in Prodigy, I didn’t know what to expect in this book. When it comes to finale books, I have very high expectations for them. I’m so glad to say that this book went beyond those expectations.

It  was interesting to see how June and Day’s relationship transitioned between the two books. I couldn’t believe that they hadn’t seen each other (or even talked to each other) in eight months. I was shocked. I was expecting to hear about some interaction between them during that time. I think how they came back together; however, was written perfectly. We have two characters who are clearly in love with each other but one only has a few months to live. I just loved that scene. I think the aspect of Day’s illness coming into play in this book was a critical part of the story. I mean, while all the action is going on, Day is not only fighting that battle but also the battle for his life. Meanwhile, June is doing all she can to save his life. Just amazing. They have easily become one of my favorite couples in books that I have ever read about.

The battle between the Republic and the Colonies was great to finally see happen. I was really excited when all the battle scenes were going on because we never knew what was going to happen next. This type of battle was just so different (in a good way) from any other battle I have read about in other dystopian novels. You have two completely different nations that used to be part of the same country at war with each other. It is so amazing how these authors who write dystopians come up with these ideas. And that’s why it’s my favorite genre to read.

The ending of this book. Oh my god. I couldn’t believe what happened. It broke my heart to find out that Day had lost a lot of his memories while he was in a coma and couldn’t remember June. I felt so bad for June. The one who she was absolutely in love with doesn’t remember her at all. I can’t imagine what that must be like. I think my emotions truly took over when she is walking though the streets and going through all those memories. The one line that I just lost complete control of my emotions is when she ways, “I love you, always.” I still can’t stop crying. And then the 10 years later part came around. I’m so happy her and Day were reunited after 10 years plus he finally started to remember her. While reading these final scenes, I don’t think I have read any other book, besides the exception of one, that made me cry more.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this series. I can totally see why people enjoy it. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves dystopian. I will definitely also be checking out Marie Lu’s other novels because I bet they are just as amazing as these are.


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