In the text Champion by Marie Lu which is the third book in the series of Legend, is a dystopian book in the future based in America which in the text is split into the Colonies (west) and the Republicans (East) but floods have enclosed some of the landscape like New York. The text is told from first person between a boy called Day and a girl called June both around 17 years old and are ‘a thing.’

A New leader’s just been elected in the Republicans, who Is the son of the previous elector. A ceasefire had been held for 8 months on the warfront. But halting this ceasefire during the text was a biological weapon that out broke in the Colonies believing they had caused it. The Colonies Chancellor says they have three days to find a cure or else the Colonies will break this ceasefire with one of the world biggest military weapons allied with them, Africa. Day who once was the Republicans most wanted criminal, now a public, heroic figure who each and every citizens looks up to, Days brother, Eden is the reason for the plague and republican doctors believe he has got the cure, although the tests could be life threatening. Day who has lost all of his family apart from his little brother who had already been taken away from his life as a child for plague testing and is now semi blind. This is the last thing day would want to happen as he is a put himself first person in doing kind things.

Although this text is a dystopian and is not seen very much through current years. We could relate to the split of America being the split of Korea in the Korean War, as two sides though to have different political thoughts. In days shoes we can picture how hard it must be for him for the loss and grief he must have. Day who is and stays very strong and empowering as a character, which can now be seen through present life with victims of terror attacks, and in third world countries who have little to nothing. Marie Lu cleverly constructed this text to the point to where we have strong feelings about Day and June relationship, which almost bring dramatic irony to the text. Sentences like “I can feel his presence here in every stone he has touched, every person he has lifted up, every street and alley and city that he has changed in the few years of his life, because he is the Republic, he is our light, and I love you, I love you, until the day we meet again I will hold you in my heart and protect you there, grieving what we never had, cherishing what we did. I wish you were here.
I love you, always.” This text in ways is relatable to my personal self as through Days eyes we can see the absolute constant heart break of not having his mother by his side, and makes me privileged and realise how important my own mum is, I can relate as even when you are away from your parents for 2 weeks you actually quite frankly miss them and there presence. I knew growing up when my parents went away to town for the day and I was at a friends or my grandparents, I would constantly have the fret that something bad had happened and you could not feel the same homely feel than if you were at a friends house, even at that age.

I could not relate this to any other texts or films I have seen or read, as it was a completely different way of what I was used to while reading a book as it is told in first person. Overall I really enjoyed and highly rated this text, as the way the story was told in first person allowed me to view the connection, relationships and pain each of the two protagonist were feeling.

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  1. Hi Jesse,
    Well done for describing sections of the text and explaining their significance to you, and/or the modern world. A couple of key points:
    1) Always explain your quotes, even if you think that their relevance to your discussion is self-explanatory. Just spend a few lines to explain/make clear why you have selected these quotations.
    2) To lift the level of this response, you need to include what lessons, morals, ideas about human nature, or the world the reader gains from these parts of the text. I.e. What do these segments ultimately teach us about people and/or the world in which we live? You can also relate to the work we have completed in class, considering what these sections tell us about the author.


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