Book: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Published by Putnam Books for Young Readers on October 7th, 2014
Genre(s): YA, fantasy, fiction
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.
I flew through Warcross and the Legend series, and I wanted to love this one. I love Marie Lu’s writing and I just wanted to keep reading – to re-immerse myself in these beautiful worlds she paints for her readers. But I just couldn’t do it. I could not get into this one. I did try. I read this whole book and I started reading the second book in this three book trilogy… but, I just could not get into it.
Things I Liked:
- The writing. As I noted above, Marie Lu is a phenomenal writer and I really enjoy reading her writing. Even though I didn’t love the story, I can’t say anything bad about the writing.
- How different it was. I’ve never read a book from the villain’s perspective and after jumping from the Legend series, this one was just SO different. Unique.
Things I Didn’t Like:
- The “dark” side of the story. I know that there are a lot of people that I like to read about the “bad guy” from a story, but it’s just not for me. I like the idea, but I am a light side kind of girl. I like the fluffy happy ending kind of stories.
- The romance. I will be the FIRST person to admit that I love a good YA romance, but this one just wouldn’t work. It felt forced and uncomfortable the entire time. I just couldn’t get past the romance in this book.
There are so many amazing things going for Marie Lu, she is such an amazing writer. I loved reading her other books and when I picked this one up, I was just so excited to continue the journey in these different worlds. Additionally, I was really looking forward to reading a villain’s story, something I’ve never done, but now I know why I’ve never read one.
I only gave this book 3 stars because it wasn’t for me. This book was very well written and the story was unique and told from a perspective that is rarely seen (at least in my world). However, I won’t be reading the other two books in the series. People who root for the villain in a story and those who loved Marie Lu’s other writing should definitely give this book a try.
Let’s talk! Have you read this book? Did you love it more than me? Should I give the other books another try? Are you going to read it now?