Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Posted February 12, 2016 in review / 8 Comments

Review: The Young Elites by Marie LuThe Young Elites by Marie Lu
Published by Penguin on October 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Purchased
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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.

OH. MY. GOD. Heart shattering. Heart pounding. This book is honestly bad for your heart, but do read it anyway.

The Young Elites was more than a book; it was a rebellion. It was insanity all wrapped up in a pretty pretty sight. This whole book had a lot of unexpected moments. Let’s just say this book was ruled by the Dagger Society. “But what’s the Dagger Society? Are they the good guys?” WELL. I wouldn’t say they’re the good guys, nor will I categorize them as the bad guys. The Dagger Society was everything that I want to be, but everything that I want to avoid too. They’re powerful, dangerous, strict and pretty much awesome.

I hereby pledge to serve the Dagger Society, to strike fear into the hearts of those who rule Kenettra, to take by death what belongs to us, and to make the power of our Elites known to every man, woman, and child. Should I break my vow, let the dagger take from me what I took from the dagger.

But then again, this book was more about Adelina Amouteru. Adelina was a hard girl to like. She was strong, brave, fearless and deadly. But Adelina was hateful too. She kept too much inside of her, and the darkness started festering. Loving Adelina hurt too much. She was ungrateful, but that made her what she was, and that made this book as awesome as it is. In everything that she did, she believed that she was doing it for the right reasons, even if the right reasons killed the wrong people.

From the start till the end, The Young Elites was INTENSE. Malfettos were hunted everywhere, and for every child malfetto that was burned at a stake, my heart broke a little for humanity. Even though I devoured it in one sitting, I had to constantly pause and put the book down from time to time just to breathe, because I was being sucked into their world, and I could feel each and every one of the emotions. Basically, I was scared.

I was definitely fascinated by the malfettos who turned out to be a Young Elite. I loooove knowing what their powers were. Reaper, Windwalker, Spider and more. AMAAAAZING. And there’s still more Young Elites out there haven’t been found yet. I’m just bright-eyed at the fact that sooooon the author will introduce more. DAAAAMN.

But really, this book took me by surprise. I thought, after the Legends trilogy, Marie Lu was done with breaking her fans’ hearts, but I guess not. AND THAT IS A GOOD THING, because I am excited and scared to read The Rose Society HAHAHA.

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8 Responses to “Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu”

  1. Yay! I’m so glad to see you loved this book. So did I. I had no idea going in that she would turn into a villain. I was sooo excited to see a book that was different from the norm that’s out there. It was heart shattering and I still need to read The Rose Society!

  2. Fantastic review!!! The Young Elites is one of my favorite series, and I think The Rose Society won’t disappoint. I think it’s such a unique and fascinating book/series, and I agree that it’s so interesting to dive into the world, but also really emotionally hard because of how broken some of the characters are. I love all the characters so much (except maybe Teren, but that’s kind of obvious) and it hurts to see them go through so many struggles. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, and once again, wonderful review!!

    • HEHE thank you, Alexandra 🙂 I agree that it was a unique world, and the world-building was pretty amaaaazing. I definitely cannot wait to read The Rose Society hehe.

  3. “OH. MY. GOD. Heart shattering. Heart pounding. This book is honestly bad for your heart, but do read it anyway.”

    YES, this basically summarizes Marie Lu’s writing lol. I’m so glad you loved this book, but if you think this one was heart-shattering… I can’t wait to read your review of THE ROSE SOCIETY ;D Awesome review!

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  4. I see a lot of your reviews on the books I read and you’re definitely a tough critic who expects more from a book. So even though it’s broken my heart to see some of my favorite books get a bad review when I saw this one I knew it had to be a great book! Thanks for great reviews!

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