Author: Marie Lu
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
I feel like the best way to describe my feelings about The Young Elites is as follows:
I loved this book so much. From the very first sentence, I was hooked.
Why, you ask?!
Well, let's start with the characters!
Adelina, the main character, may seem like a sweet, innocent lady who just wants to be accepted despite being a mafeltto. Yeah, sure, she's never really been anywhere outside her little family home and village because she lost an eye during the blood fever and she's seen as tainted. So she may be slightly innocent, but I don't see her as being very sweet. And I love that! (I won't give away a lot of details. Let's just say there is more to the relationship between Teren and Adelina than meets the eye!)
Enzo - the leader of the Elites - is so much more than I can possibly describe. He is, in a word, amazing. The layers he hides of his personality are shocking yet understandable. Basically, nobody in this world is as they seem. Which leads me to:
Teren! Boy, Teren. You start off meeting him and thinking he's just... a jackass of monumental proportions. Then you find out, HE'S A MULFETTO! Sorry, y'all. I had to say it. I was shocked when I learned that. I mean, really?! Anyway, let's say that his personality kind of fits when you realize why he does what he does to Mulfettos.
And Violetta, Adelina's sweet little sister. Well, she has her secrets as well, and I think she's more important to the story than we realize at the beginning. When everything feels like it's going awry with their dad, Violette does some stuff that is very protective of her sister. She's much more awesome than I first thought at the beginning.
The other members of the elites are all as well developed as the main characters. I wouldn't say that I loved them, because even when they were "friends" with Adelina, they really wanted her out. But, I could sort of understand their motives and actions. I appreciated that each character had their own personality and their own distinct traits and powers as well. It can be tough to develop characters well and distinctly when there are so many of them, but Lu did a good job.
The story itself was wonderful and well-developed. I was hooked from the beginning because this book was so well-written. There wasn't a single moment throughout the book where I felt myself thinking this couldn't happen. I believed every second of the book.
My favorite part of the novel was when Adelina decided to form the Rose Society. I think this was brave of her and wonderful. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, and find out just how The Rose Society does!
If you've read The Young Elites, tell me what your favorite things about this book were! (And if you haven't read it, what are you waiting for?!)