Book Review: The Young Elites (by Marie Lu)

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.

WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS

Hello, readers!

So I have decided to get back to doing book reviews once again, it’s been kind of on and off for a very long time. I just want to get back on track and I thought I would start with a really good book which is The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

I made some researches as well so everything that is stated here are facts and my thoughts about the book. I know it’s been quite a while since the book got published and you might think it’s already too late to write a book review, but for those who haven’t gotten their hands on a copy, this might be useful at least nudge you in that direction. LOL

Moving on!

The Young Elites is the first book in the trilogy which came out last October 7th, 2014. The series is still on-going and the second book already came out as well, it’s called The Rose Society. The series’ genre is Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. So if you’re into that, then I think you might like it (if not love).

Everything is in an era where televisions and other electronic equipment don’t exist yet. According to Marie Lu, the story is set in “an alternate version of Renaissance Italy”. Sounds amazing, huh?

I absolutely love the book! The characters are very powerful physically and personality-wise. It really does give me the impression that no one is born evil or bad, it’s just that people turn to the darker side of life because of the environment they grew up in, or how they were taught while growing up, or solely because of the circumstances they managed to survived through. So the people in the book have background stories that made them who they are today.

It all started when a terrible fever engulfed the entire world which left countless people dead, there were others that survived but they were marked by the fever. Some even showed remarkable powers but that didn’t reflect positively in the city where Adelina Amouteru lives.

Most of the story is around a female “protagonist” named Adelina Amouteru. She was only four years old when the fever struck her family that killed her mom. Her younger sister Violetta got unscathed but Adeline wasn’t so fortunate and this resulted to her father favoring her younger sister.

I can relate to Adelina feeling small and unwanted whenever she’s compared to Violetta. It really tugged at my heart when Adelina would do what she does best to gain her father’s favor, then she would be frustrated that no matter how hard she tries, she just couldn’t keep up. She is often all by herself which led her to keep everything in and overthink things, she doesn’t know what to really do because she has no one to confide with.

Added to that, her father is an asshole, really. He practically tells Adelina that no one could someone like her. I mean, it wasn’t Adelina’s fault to begin with. But even then, there’s reason why majority of the people are afraid or furious at malfettos. Higher ups feeding them lies about those marked kids being cursed and attracting bad lucks wherever they are.

Desperate times make people do desperate measures. Adelina’s father is a merchant and his business is dwindling so he acts. Causing Adelina to escape from him, only then she discovers her power that’s not supposed to exist.

I really like how the story flows. It builds up the anticipation, and you wouldn’t know what will happen next until you’re there. It’s unpredictable and the plot twist is just shocking. The chemistry between Adelina and Enzo is something I would think of as subtle and sweet at first, then it grows into something very sexy and dangerous.

While I was reading the book, it was like I’m Adelina because I can relate to her so much. How she thinks, who to trust, what to do, how to deal with things, etc. I find myself turning page after page and following her as she delves further into the world of the Elites, the kind of world she never saw becoming hers as well.

The Young Elites is dark and sinister. The fight scenes are fairly detailed and you could actually see it unfolding in your mind. I like how Marie Lu didn’t hold back the gory details of the unspeakable, it adds to the suspense and the attitude of the book.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Hardcover, 355 pages

I hope you enjoyed my review!


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