“I’m going to die tomorrow morning.”
If you’ve read my review about the Legend Series by Marie Lu, then you know how much I love her books. Given this, I don’t really know why I’ve been putting off reading her other series, The Young Elites. True to her form, this book was amazingly written, with lots of character growth and plenty of action.
A decade ago, the blood fever swept over Kenettra, infecting a huge percentage of the population. Most of the infected died, and the children who did survive were left with strange markings, identifying them as malfettos. These malfettos are considered abominations, but rumor has it that some of them possess strange and mysterious powers. These people are called the Young Elites. Adelina Amouteru is one such person, although she does not know it yet. Enzo Valenciano too is a Young Elite, but he is the leader of a group called the Dagger Society, which is a secret sect recruiting these gifted malfettos before the Inquisition Axis can kill them. Teren Santoro works for the king, as a leader of the Inquisition Axis. It is his job to destroy the Young Elites before they supposedly destroy the nation. All these three are hiding deadly secrets, and it is only a matter of time before something is destroyed. For one thing is certain: Adelina has a blackness in her heart, and she is willing to destroy anyone who crosses her.
This was one of the darker books that I’ve read this year, and I loved it. It was so interesting watching the character development of Adelina, especially since it was not a typical path. (I know that’s cryptic but I don’t want to spoil.) The pace of the book was perfect, with just the right amount of twist and turns. I also enjoyed the switching points of view because it was nice to see the scenes from different people’s perspectives. It gave me more insight and a more rounded view, so that I was not tied down to one character, especially one with so much bias. It really helped the story to see events happening outside of Adelina’s range, and how they affected her story and everyone else’s. Fun fact about this: only Adelina’s sections are written in first person; the other characters’ portions are written in third person. Finally, I found the powers of the Young Elites to be so cool! My favorite was the the Star Thief’s powers, but I don’t want to spoil what they are here. Suffice to say that everyone has super powerful gifts.
In conclusion, just like the rest of her books, Marie Lu has outdone herself. If you want to read a dystopian novel where the main character is not necessarily a heroine, then look no further! And if you like this book, then check out my review of The Rose Society tomorrow.