The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The first book in The Young Elites trilogy.
My Rating – 4*/5*
‘ 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.’
I ended up quite enjoying this book, not as much as I thought I would after reading some of the reviews but it w as still a really good young adult fantasy book! I did wish we got to see a lot more things from this book but I don’t mind too much considering it’s a trilogy and I can dive into the next book pretty much straight away.
Unlike most books where have a “super power” is the best thing in the world, in this book it is exactly the opposite, instead of being loved by everyone they are feared, they are an abomination to the world.
Our main character Adelina is one of these people, as a main character I didn’t like her as much as I hoped she does. She has a bad ass power of being able to create dark chaotic illusions, I mean come on – how cool does that sound? In this book, sadly I thought she felt a little short, she was an angsty teenager through most of it, especially when it concerned Enzo, I just thought she had a lot more potential and I can’t wait to see what she becomes over the next few books.
Raffaele deserves a little mention as he is probably my most favourite character in the book, he has probably a “weaker” power compared to the others, his power being linked with emotions but that didn’t make him any less, he truly was an amazing character and I loved his friendship with both Adelina and Enzo. I really hope we get to see more of his character in the new two books and get to see how much his character develops ?
Enzo I didn’t mind, I found him quite mysterious and interesting and his power was one that was awesome, who wouldn’t like to be able to use fire against their enemies. Everyone else in the Dagger Society fell a little flat, I would like to get to know some of them more as they could be interesting so hopefully we get to see more of them.
Although I didn’t like this book exactly as much as I thought I would it was still a very enjoyable read and I intend to pick up the rest of the series as soon as 😀