BOOK REVIEW | THE YOUNG ELITES BY MARIE LU (SPOILER FREE)

June 29, 2016


Synopsis
A decade ago, a deadly blood fever swept through the nation. Most of the infected perished, but some survivors were left with strange marking, rumored to signify powerful gifts for those who possess them. And though their identities remain secret, this group of surviors has come to be called
The Young Elites.
The Inquisition Axis seeks to destroy them.
The Dagger Society aims to find them before the Inquisition Axis.
And Adelina Amouteru just wants to be left alone.
But two truths will soon surface: Adelina's powers are far from ordinary....and she is not to be crossed.

Plot
The plot for this book is phenomenal. I've heard of similar scenarios, but for some reason it was this one that intrigued me the most. I don't want to give too much away, so I'm going to keep it as simple as possible.  
A blood fever strikes the nation and those who survive it are called malfettos; an abomination. Most of them have markings that cast them out. Our main character, Adelina, is one of them. I found her marking to be quite unique to picture in my head; a one eyed, silver haired girl.  As said in the synopsis, she is wanted by The Dagger Society, a group of malfettos with special powers who seek out other malfettos with special powers, and The Inquisition, who seeks to execute malfettos with special powers (great word choice Kathlyn). As Adelina's powers are revealed, her character becomes more dangerous by the minute, putting her and those around her in possible danger. She's a force to be reckoned with and Marie Lu did an amazing job of constantly reminding us of that.

Characters
Adelina. Her character is...complex. There's so much depth to her that it's hard to understand her, or in my case, like her. I was rooting for her one minute, and then annoyed with her the next. It's as if there's a constant battle happening inside of her all the time. Adelina is dark. She has a thirst for danger and power, and as the story progresses, her thirst only grows stronger. Her powers are driven by strong emotions that can easily get out of her control. She has her weak moments, but what character doesn't? I like anti-heroes. They have a stronger character dynamic than heroes, making them harder to figure out. I believe this is why many who read this book will not like Adelina. But me? I sort of dig her. 
Enzo. Adelina's love interest. Sadly, I never really connected with Enzo. He reminds me of Dimitri from Vampire Academy; both closed off. I didn't love him, but I did like him. There was a mysterious edge to him that kept me interested. 
Teren. The leader of the Inquisition Axis. The supposed "evil" one. Can I just say that I freaking love Teren!? Everything about him (besides the fact that he's a puppet to this one girl) makes me giddy. He's sexy, twisted, and manipulative. What isn't there to love about him? From the minute he was introduced, I  knew I was going to like him.  Plus, there's something special about him that we find out in the midst of the novel, and it only made me attracted to him more. I wish he was Adelina's love interest. There's a dark and twisted chemistry between the two that I would love to see develop. 

Writing
I really enjoyed the writing. It wasn't difficult to comprehend. I thought that the blurbs at the top of each chapter in Adelina's POV added a nice touch. They blended right in with the story and made it a little easier to understand. All in all, this book was a smooth read.

Final Thoughts
With everything being considered, The Young Elites did not disappoint me. In all honesty, it surprised me a little. This story is dark. This story is intense. There were moments when I would read certain parts and have to take a minute to let it all marinate in my head. There were scenes in this book that frightened me with how crooked it was described.  But it was worth it. The characters, the plot, the powers, everything is intriguing about this book. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the next book in this trilogy, The Rose Society

Rating
4 OUT OF 5 STARS 

I hope you guys enjoyed this non spoiler review of The Young Elites. If you've read this book, let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below. If you haven't read it, make sure to add it to your TBR pile. Thank you for reading!

xo, kathlyn

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