The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
Read: Feb. 23 – 25, 2017
5 / 5 stars a whole new constellation
As the finale to this amazing trilogy, The Midnight Star provides a satisfying conclusion to the journey that Adelina went through. It’s the culmination of every obstacle she has had to face, the consequences and their ending.
Adelina’s queen of an empire, known all over the world as a ruthless, evil queen. Although one could argue that that was the inevitable result of the life she led, of the people that betrayed her and feared her instead of truly giving her the help she needed. Adelina’s character development continues in this book as real and well-done as before, and it leads to surprising ending. I don’t know if I could’ve made that choice in the end. She is so strong and she suffered so much and still somehow manage to achieve so much at such a young age. In that aspect, Adelina’s journey is inspiring.
The conflict in this book was completely unexpected – to the point that makes me think there could’ve been some more world-building developed/made in this particular matter, or that it was a last minute choice. Although unexpected, it was certainly interesting to see how it developed and it was rather believable. Besides, I don’t know another conflict that would require an alliance of all of the elites, the majority of them enemies, and result in something other than everyone’s death. And I’m just so glad that didn’t happen! It was my fear throughout the whole book and the only reason I had for ever hesitating to read it.
The finale was satisfying but painful and joyous at the same time. I cried through the last fifty pages or so, even before I knew what was going to happen. It was even a sort of happy crying after a while…
In overall, I am very glad I read this trilogy. It’s such a unique world with wonderful characters that always felt incredibly real. These books became some of my favorites right from the start.
I can’t choose a favorite book from this trilogy, but The Midnight Star is the closest to the spot. I loved every single moment, every thing that happened in this book and I couldn’t have asked for a better trilogy.