The Young Elites | Marie Lu
First Book in The Young Elites
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
This book is just urgh, the feels. I can’t even explain my emotions right now. I’m in awe, surprised, a little bit terrified, and my emotions are all over the place. I want book 2. Like where is it? Gimme, gimme, gimme. So to say I’ve loved this book is a understatement. But I swear to god. Marie Lu needs to stop. She has the ability to make me love a character so deeply and meanwhile resenting them. And I have no idea how to balance out these emotions. I might need to call in a professional.
Adelina is such a strong and remember-able character. Her emotions on some certain things were very fleshed out and the way she handled everything wasn’t at all graceful and she didn’t think a whole lot though. Throughout the story you could see the darkness that was building inside of her. She was very well developed and exposed to you as you read in such a way that made her feel so real. And even though I went it knowing that she was going to turn to the dark side, when it actually did happen. I kept praying that everyone was lying and she will end up as a hero. Or I’m just going to make up excuses, and try to justify everything she will do. This book really made me think about morality and what makes something right and what’s crossing over the line to wrong. What is right in my eyes can be completely wrong in someone else eyes.
Another thing I liked about this book was the bonds between some of the characters. Enzo and the other Young Elites bonds of friendship felt more like a brotherhood, that really did take care of and watch out for each other. Another relationship that I loved was between Adelina and her sister, Violetta. It was really able to dig deep that the sisterly love that isn’t expressed but is just there.
Also even though this book is heavy on the action and plot, the romance could have used a little more of a push. I know it’s not the main focus and am perfectly fine with that but it was very obvious that it was there and it keep feeling a little forced.
Even with a slight flaw Marie was able to work her writing so smoothly throughouot the story. It played out so well, and her writing style really stayed true to her’s in the Legend series. While still finding a new voice in fantasy, which I think is amazing and deserves a round of applause. You go, Lu!
I absolutely loved her world that she made. Everything about it was perfect, it was enough beauty and evil in it to make a kickass book. The magic was also done so nicely and just made me love this world even more. I didn’t want to say goodbye to it!
Overall, this book was amazing but, (always a but) it should of been longer. (that’s a good ‘but’ right?) And now all that is left to do is wait for book two. A whole year.