The Young Elites by Marie Lu
- The Young Elites 01
- Young Adult; Fantasy; Romance; Magic
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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.
Read: August 2015 / Nov 14th(?) – 17th, 2016
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
This book has been unexpectedly hard to review. I’ve recently reread it and I found it as amazing and great as I did the first time and it took just as little time to read it as well.
The fictional world The Young Elites is set on is a somewhat medieval world with a monarchy (and all the cunning, assassination plots that go along) and a cruel Inquisition. It’s not so different from our world a few centuries ago – except that on this one there was an illness that killed any adult who was infected while it gave the surviving children scars and extraordinary abilities. Of course, this led to persecution and/or worshiping of these children.
As you can gather from the synopses, the main character Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of this illness. She was beaten and verbally abused by her father for years so this is a heroine with a dark personality and a lot of anger inside her. Throughout the book, Adelina grows into a more confident person with more control over her power but although she appears to be feeling happier, she doubts and for reasons beyond her control she grows darker still as a person.
I honestly felt pretty bad for Adelina in some parts. She was one of those people who was dealt a bad hand in life and just couldn’t get a break – but she had light in her, and love! I don’t dislike the way this book ended completely as I feel it was something needed in today’s world of storytelling. Adelina my be the heroine of this story but she’s not a heroine at all.
I’m curious to see what will happen to Teren in the next book. I love that boy more than I should since he’s the enemy (at the time at least) but at the same time he’s precious and deserves some genuine love .
This is such a good book with such a unique and different main character! I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes non-stereotypical female lead characters and fantasy.