• Page Count: 355
  • Release Date: October 7, 2014
  • My Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads book description:

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) 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.


My Thoughts:

4stars

The story is slower moving, but worth the wait because it creates an amazingly realistic, darker world that sort of feels like it’s set in some kind of fantasy renaissance time. I really liked Marie Lu’s writing! I wasn’t completely sold on the story until the the awesome epilogue, though.

Things I liked:
– the main character is a tough anti-hero
– solid diversity
– NOBODY is purely good/bad
– a darker atmosphere
– light romance that isn’t the main focus
– creative secondary characters
– A MAGIC PRINCE set to reclaim his throne

Basically this blood fever swept through the nation and permanently marked some kids who managed to survive, who are now known as malfettos. People are afraid of them and out to get them. Adelina is one of them and has been abused by her horrible father her whole life even though he treats her unmarked sister well. So Adelina kills him, flees, and eventually gets caught up in the Young Elites — a group of malfettos that feels like this superpowered avenging street gang/secret society. The crown prince is one of them and he wants his throne back. Adelina’s a pretty complex character with torn loyalties and… I don’t want to spoil anything else. But it gets pretty good!

It took me a bit to get all of the worldbuilding and the story dragged at points, but it was fascinating in the end. I do wish some of the secondary characters could’ve been developed more, though. I also felt like we were told a lot more about Adelina and other stuff than we were shown, but maybe the next book will clear that up. The epilogue led into some pretty cool possibilities!

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3 comments on “The Young Elites by Marie Lu”

  1. Hi my name is Madeline and I’d love to win this giveaway Bc my summer has just honestly sucked and getting these books would mean the world to me 😊

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