- Page Count: 416
- Release Date: October 11, 2016
- My Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads book description:
The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.
Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.
(NO major spoilers)
EASILY ONE OF THE BEST ENDINGS I HAVE EVER READ. I’m not even kidding.
I cannot believe how amazing those last few chapters were! This is easily my favorite book out of the trilogy. It had a bit of a different feel to it than the first two because the focus wasn’t so much on fighting other people or taking any throne. It’s more about choices and sacrifice.
The story starts with Adelina being queen and her brilliant antihero self. She’s becoming increasingly paranoid, revels in the fear surrounding her, and has designed her laws to make sure the unmarked/those who aren’t malfettos suffer. Meanwhile Raffaele & Co realize that the Underworld is seeping into the living world and that they need Adelina’s help in order to… basically save the world. Remember that test that Raffaele gave everyone in the first book to see what they align with? Each of the Elites aligns with a god in some way, so in order to enter the Underworld they need a group of Elites who represent each of the twelve gods.
The first two books in this series held my attention at first and then had an AMAZING last 1/3, but I tended to kind of zone out a bit in the middle of them. This final book was a lot better in that respect, but I still wasn’t as into it as I wanted to be until the last 1/3. And I didn’t connect with all of the characters as much as I did in previous books — this story felt like it was ultimately about Adelina. But I honestly think I struggle to get into most stories that are in the present tense… so it might just be a personal style issue!
The Dark of Night and the Underworld were SO cool, though!! I loved those descriptions and how this story was more of a quest-type journey than a battle.
I also absolutely adore Violetta and her complicated relationship with Adelina: “you cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past.” Their dynamics have been my favorite part of the story from the beginning and this book did not let me down one bit.
Adelina becomes SUCH a fascinating character throughout this book with the choices she faces! She’s spent her whole life fighting for power and now she has it, but thankfully she turns into an even more complex character instead of becoming a cliche ruthless tyrant. I won’t say how the story ends but I just LOVE IT SO, SO MUCH. The ending was incredibly powerful and I’m so impressed with every decision Marie Lu made. Everything about the ending was perfect!!
Thank you so much to Penguin for sending me a review copy!