The Young Elites – Review

To feel emotion, therefore, to be human is to be a child of the gods…

The Young Elites was everything that I expected, and nothing like I expected. Yeah, I know, major contradiction, but if someone’s going to get away with it, it’s author Marie Lu.

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.

Adelina Amouteru is not your average heroine. If fact, she’s not a heroine at all, she’s an anti-heroAt a certain point in the book, I could only read, jaw slacked, thinking: Adelina is awful. As in, awe-ful. I realize that she’s doing some pretty bad things and making very poor decisions, but I’m still rooting for her, yelling at her, praying her comes out on top. She’s the villain you love to hate, and that you just love. 

In one of the earlier descriptions of Teren, I was actually cringing thinking, holy #%&! this guy is intense. But I also felt a little sorry for him because he’s a little blind to his own situation. Enzo, I really liked. He was hot (in more ways than one), but I wish we could have gotten more Adelina-Enzo interaction. What we do get is a lot of Adelina-Raffaele interaction and now I totally see why and it’s just complete perfection.

The Young Elites took a completely different turn than I expected it to. Towards the beginning, I found myself thinking, okay, but obviously A and B followed by C is going to happen. Then I kept reading and my thoughts turned to my goodness, Marie Lu is just making up her own alphabet. How could you ever doubt her, you heathen! I see The Young Elites as kind of an anti-hero’s prologue, the prequel that you absolutely have to read. I’m more excited for the next book, with all these new characters that are so connected and then they’re going to DO stuff, and…it’s just going to be crazy, guys. I can’t stop smiling, I’m so excited.

The best part of this book is the darkness in all the main characters, and I can’t wait to see all the deliciously evil things they get up to next. Read this book. You need this book. You’ll never want a conventional hero again.

If you have any doubt about the wonderful-ness of Marie Lu’s mind or The Young Elites, check out her Pinterest board, but prepare yourself: it’s going to blow your mind. Marie Lu’s Pinterest Board: The Young Elites

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