Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu


The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Published October 7th 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

355 Pages

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: I read this book for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge.  This book was awesome!  Marie Lu created such a fascinating new world with amazingly strong characters.  Adelina went through so much growing up and there’s a sense of darkness that surrounds her.  That was one of the most refreshing aspects of this book.  It doesn’t happen very often where the main character of a novel has a dark side.  Despite the darkness I was totally rooting for her to get a happy ending.  I loved all of the members of The Daggers.  They all had such strong personalities and worked very well together.  Teren was probably the most despicable person!  He was not only a malfetto but a Young Elite as well and yet he was bound and determined to destroy every single malfetto.  But at the same time, you get a glimpse behind how he truly feels about malfettos, including himself.  Right now I’m feeling like I’m just babbling but I’m still just having a book hangover from this, even days after I finished reading it!  I literally can’t stop thinking about the book and the characters.  The ending was so shocking!  And then the awesome epilogue where Marie Lu introduces new characters for the second book.  I am so looking forward to diving back into this world this fall when the book is released!  I definitely see myself reading this book again closer to the sequel release date.  So good!

5/5 stars