This maybe a fictional story but the way the characters dealt with their problems felt so realistic. Even the conclusion to the war arc seemed like something that could happen in real life. After r
eading the entire series, a staggering realization hit me. The Republic reflects a lot of what my country's government is doing right now (the government asserting total control of the military and gradually putting out new laws and regulations). The Republic's people reflects a lot of what my country's people are experiencing right now (the people being forced against their will and rights). Of course, some details do not match but the idea that a pseudo-totalitarian government exists makes it pretty much similar. The conflict between the Republic and the Colonies was resolved in the most politically diplomatic way. The war didn't techinically end, it was just suspended. The Republic didn't lose their country but they also didn't win. Wasn't that what happened in world history? The romance was dealt in a pretty much the same manner: diplomatic (but also heartbreaking). I can't say I'm absolutely satisfied about how June and Day's relationship went but it was the kind of ending that was needed to solidify the weight of their love. It was Day who suffered a lot but I found myself sympathizing with June more. Day was able to get out of the war practically new but it was June who had to be left behind and lick her wounds. She was the one who had to make the most conflicting decisions and she was very brave about it. I think that fighting a war is always hard but facing the aftermath will always be the hardest. In the end, June was selfless and put Day's feelings above her own. That decision, I think, was a clear testament to how far she could go for the one she loves. It was okay for her to bear all the heartbreak and pain alone just as long as the one she loves could get his one ultimate wish. Of all the Young Adult novels I've read, dystopian or otherwise, I'd say this romantic sacrifice was the most painfully touching one yet. “You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just … met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, “Hi, I'm Daniel.” – PRODIGY While there were a lot of painful events towards the end, the last chapter was definitely healing and hopeful. It wasn't what I wanted but it was enough. It seemed apt that their romance was left hanging so it could be up to the readers to decide on how they wanted it to proceed (that is one big fanfiction invite if you ask me!). I was eager to see the story to its end but I didn't realize how I would regret that after reading that cliffy ending. I wanted more from June and Day but alas, some things are better left hanging for a greater impact. Marie Lu certainly accomplished that. The ending was something that would take me a long time to move on from and for that, I give it 8 stars.