Book Review: The Young Elites

theyoungelitesThe Young Elites by Marie Lu

http://www.marielu.org/

Fantasy

4.5/5 Stars


Background Info:

“I am Adelina Amouteru. I belong to no one. On this night I swear to you that I will rise above everything you’ve ever taught me. I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.

When a deadly illness called the blood fever swept through the nation thousands died. None of the survivors were adults, and the few kids that did survive were left with markings to forever remind them of the horrific event. Adelina Amouteru is one of those survivors. Her once raven-black hair is now as pale as the moon, and a rough scar now stays where her left eye once was. Her father is cruel to her, as all those who survived the blood fever with markings are considered malfettos, which brings down the family’s good name and fortune. But markings and death aren’t the only things that the blood fever left behind, as it is believed that some survivors are said to possess mysterious gifts and powers. Nobody knows exactly who these kids are, but they have built quite a reputation for themselves and the people have made a name for them. The Young Elites.

Teren Santoro is not the man that everyone thinks he is. His job as the Lead Inquisitor is to find and destroy all malfettos, before they destroy the entire nation.  Easier said than done, especially when those who you are hunting down have powers beyond explanation.

If not for Enzo Valenciano, Teren would’ve succeeded in killing many more malfettos. Enzo is a member of the Dagger Society, a secret sect of Young Elites that search and save others like them. But what he finds isn’t at all what he was expecting.

What will happen when their paths all collide? Find out in The Young Elites. 😀


Thoughts on Book:

Ah, the good ol’ Marie Lu, author of the well-known Legend trilogy. She never ceases to amaze me. While this book was extremely different from her previous books, it was still a great book. Her writing style is so unique and the direction that the plot went in surprised me very much, which is something that I love about Marie Lu. One of the reasons I, and many others, have loved this book and even the Legend trilogy is how unpredictable they are. You never know what’s going to happen next. Her ability to write fight scenes is also something I like about her. Especially during the end of the book I loved reading the fast-paced action scenes. It was also nice how she didn’t focus on romance too much (there was still enough for my liking), which gave more time to focus on the main plot. There were, however, two things that hindered me from giving it 5 stars:

#1– The world building was not the best during the first half of the novel. When I read a book I want to feel like I am there. I want to be able to visualize the characters and their surroundings, and unfortunately that didn’t happen while I read the first half of this book.

#2 I was a little confused at some parts, as Marie Lu switched from first to third person quite often during the book. It wasn’t a big enough problem to change my thoughts that much, but it did take me a while to get used to, as well as lots of re-reading to make sure that I fully understood what was happening.


Thoughts on Characters:

The characters in this book were so unique that it really improved the book as a whole. Adelina’s story and personality was so captivating as you never knew what she was going to do. She could be smiling one second and then suddenly turn into godzilla or something like that. I loved the fact that she had so much darkness and hatred inside of her from her early life (especially towards her father) and she really used that to her advantage. It was interesting to see her try to figure out who she really was inside and who she strived to be. Thinking about it now, there are lots of differences between Enzo and Adelina. Enzo acts tough but on the inside he is still healing from the loss of Daphne, while Adelina is very strong on the inside, but it is hard for her to let it out at first. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who immediately thought of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender after reading about Enzo. They’re personalities are so similar as well. That ending was just brutal and I still can’t believe that Marie Lu would do that. (WHYYYYYYY) As for my favorite character, I would be split between Enzo and Raffaele. Though Enzo’s teaching methods were not very… safe, it was so nice to see the wall that he built around his heart break down a little everytime he was with Adelina, and Raffaele was just so sweet and so strong for learning how to accept his life and who he was. There were some characters that I really disliked though. The main two being Violetta and Adelina’s father. Adelina’s father was so cruel and disgusting that I was leaping in joy when he got what he deserved (This no spoiler thing is really hard ughhhhh). The way he tricked and baited Adelina was just not okay, but don’t get me started on Violetta. I didn’t like her from the beginning, but my spite for her seemed to increase throughout the novel. Let’s just say she might have some secrets of her own. Overall the characters really made this book a great one, and in all of the YA books that I’ve read I’ve never read about a protagonist or side characters like these ones.


Related Books:

I have never read it, but many people say it is very similar to The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.


Favorite Quote:

“Don’t cry. You are stronger than that.”


Final Remarks:

A book that has too many twists and turns to count, and characters that have more to them than what meets the eye. A very good fantasy book for those action-lovers out there!