Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Date Read: July 22
Format: Hardcover from local library
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 the 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 that Enzo is on her side and that Teren is the true enemy. However, 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 don’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
So after reading the Legend series (even as I make my way through Champion right now) I was kind of iffy about reading another Marie Lu series. Legend wasn’t really my cup of tea and this series had been so hyped that I tried not to get my hopes up too far. But it was kind of hard not to when I started reading this book and it took me away from the very first chapter. Adelina is such an odd MC. On one hand I like her because she is headstrong and a little dark, but on the other maybe she’s a little bit too dark for a heroine? I mean, don’t get me wrong I love the darkness in her, in fact it’s kind of refreshing to see a MC with darkness that apparent in her who doesn’t go through some sort of redemption act by the end of the book, but at the same time though does that really make her the heroine?
Enzo was also very strange for a MC’s love interest. He has his own sort of darkness around him that I kind of wished had been more explored before…well. Anyway, as for the other band of Elites, I wished that they had more page time than they did. Maybe then I would have seen what Dante/Spider meant when he said that the others could barely tolerate Adelina. From what I was shown she seemed to get along great with everyone but Dante. As for Teren, in a book that was already full with darkness it was kind of impressive to have a villain who was even darker than all that. He kind of scares me, and I don’t scare very easily when it comes to villains.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The Young Elites is a lot better than the Legend books, in my opinion. I was warned about the darkness factor in these, but it didn’t deter me. In fact, I found it quite interesting. The group of characters are different than others I’ve read about and I’m curious about what happens in book 2 especially with this new character that was introduced in the epilogue.
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