The Young Elites by Marie Lu – A Book Review

“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.”
― Marie Lu, The Young Elites


Synopsis

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.

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Book: The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu

Avg. Goodreads rating: 3.93/5 stars

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

 


Review

Overview. I feel like the quote that I chose at the beginning of this review is a pretty great representation of the overall feeling of the book. We are introduced to Adelina who is in a terrible situation where her father treats her as less than human because she was marked during a blood fever that ravaged the country in which they live. We follow Adelina through her life and witness her gain powers, kill lots of people, then meet up with her fellow gang of x-men… I’m sorry, Elites. There’s a lot to this book and I really enjoyed it.

Pros. It’s been a quick minute since I’ve read a book with a great antihero like Adelina. What I really enjoyed about this book and Adelina was watching her grow into her powers and trying to figure out right from wrong. I really feel like this book did a great job blurring the lines between good and evil.

I loved the combination of the Elites. Everyone–Gemma, Dante, Lucent, Michel, Raffaele, and Enzo–they were just such a well-rounded group. Each of their interactions with Adelina made my heart grow a little bit more towards each of them.

Enzo. Oh, Enzo. I have so many feelings towards you and towards Adelina… I honestly don’t know how to put this into words, I shipped them and at the same time didn’t. Adelina has so much to learn about herself and getting lost in someone like Enzo and the type of emotions he brings out in her.

Teren was such a great villain in this book. There were so many great aspects to him and I was surprised at every turn.

I’m in love with this whole story line and concept behind the plot. I am excited to see where the story is going to lead and can’t wait to see where Lu is going to take us next.

Cons. I think the biggest issue I had with this book is that it drug a lot in certain parts. There was a lot of world-building and a lot of Adelina having to learn her powers and herself. There was a lot of downtime compared to action in this book.

I also was highly irritated about certain decisions a certain main character decided to make through the book… life would have been so much easier had she made a different decision to begin with.

Overall. Overall, I really did enjoy this book. There were moments when I was bored or irritated by something that a character had done or decided but I would give this a solid 4.5 stars. I can’t wait to continue this story and see where Lu decides to take these characters.

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