Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)The Young Elites by Marie Lu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

 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.


From the author of "Legend" comes a stpry of power, history and betryal.

When Adelina finds out that she has powers like many young people all over her country, after the pass of a fever, she is led to be killed. The Young Elites save her and from there begins a story of discovering her powers but also taming the darkness in her.

The POVs are seperated into third and first, something I've seen a lot this year and liked it very much. Adelina is a girl with darkness in her. She is not your typical fluffy good girl, she bleeds, hates and has ambitions.

The setting? You could say that in many aspects it can remind you of Venice at Rennaisance with a touch of magic and X-men. The rest of the characters, mostly the Young Elites are not so much developed, but instead we have glimpses from Enzo, Teren and Raffaele.

In the end another POV is added and if you read the book, you can see the plot line which i hope will be developed at the second book! The "Young Elites" is a must read which continues Marie's talent on storytelling and opens well her debut on historical fiction, something harder than dystopian. :)

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