The Young Elites

Four Stars

Title: The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin

Length: 384 Pages


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.

Overall Review:

This is a dark fantasy book, and I really enjoyed it. Lots of magic, fantastic villains (oh, how I love villains), and all of the princes and kingdoms you could ever want. I liked how the author set the scene. A fever that only left a few survivors- it makes Adelina special and unique going into the story. And then you find out that she has some pretty unique abilities and you start to love her even more.

I really felt for Adelina. She was kind of thrust into a world where everyone seems to be opposing her. She was abused by her father and felt totally worthless. She has a straight up weird relationship with her sister, and society shuns her because of what she can do.

I think my favorite part is that Adelina isn’t a hero. She’s not the good guy. Do you feel for her and become attached to her- absolutely. But she’s dark and broken. She’s complicated. And she’s fantastic. I really recommend this book. It was a dark read, but it was fresh and fun and a great take on fantasy that I think most people will really enjoy.