TITLE: The Young Elites # 1

AUTHOR: Marie Lu

GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure

FORMAT: Hardcover

PUBLISHER:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

DATE READ: November 9, 2015


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.



This is just my brief review of the book.

So this book is different. Wanna know why? Because this book is DARK. This is not the usual norm we have towards the characters of YA books with dystopian-fantasy plots. Good? Heroic? Priggish? None of those.

The heroine is like a villain. She struggles between being good and bad. There is goodness in her heart but darkness overwhelms it all. The characters are not really heroes nor all so goody-good. They all have DARKNESS that drives their life. The plot is so enticing and it slowly builds up so well giving us a promising twist and turn of events that we should wait for on the rest series.

“Everyone has darkness inside them, however hidden.”

I don’t hate Adelina. But I have to admit, It’s hard being in her head or reading from her POV, because sometimes, some of her thoughts scare me. I understood where she’s coming from, what she had been through her life that made her like this. It’s just it’s frightening sometimes how powerful she can be if she would master it and how her power can destroy everyone in just one snap if she would choose the dark side.

But I’ll wait for the rest of the series to know what improvements going to happen with her. She still have goodness in her heart. Even it’s too little. I’ll have to believe in her. She is the type of heroine that doesn’t need a knight and shinning armor. She is like a blood-curdling white wolf that can kill a white horse.

Enzo, Teren, Raffaele, Violetta. I still need to see more of them to weigh what I feel for them. They are intriguing characters. And Maeve, she is so interesting and I can’t wait to see her role in this series. I can tell she’s gonna be bad ass.

The Young Elites reminds me why I love Marie Lu‘s writing style so much. It’s very comfortable to read and even there are lots of events going on, it still remains vivid and clear. You can clearly picture it out in your mind as if you’re living inside the world you’re reading.

Marie Lu has the ability to make you experience the story not just simply read it.

I’m excited to read The Rose Society.

“Tomorrow, I will take on all of these things. I will be unstoppable.”


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