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The Young Elites by Marie Lu | Quick Thoughts

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
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Putnam Books for Young Readers, 336 pages
Expected Publication
: October 7, 2014
Source: Publisher via First To Read
Format: eARC
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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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.

QUICK THOUGHTS

1. Marie Lu + Fantasy = Magical

Marie Lu has officially made my "authors I'll read anything from" list. She is absolutely fantastic at creative world building.  

2. Dark Story

What I loved most about The Young Elites was the darkness of the story. This story gets DARK. The morals in this world were borderline terrifying after I thought about them. The Dagger Society, a branch of the Young Elites, would talk about murder in the most casual way. As they justified the "sacrifices" I would nod along and think, "yes, I completely understand." Which we can all agree is pretty crazy.

3. Characters 

I loved that the line between hero and villain blurred. Lu wrote characters who weren't easily placed in category A or B. Honestly, ALL the characters were a tad bit sketchy. Every character had a fleshed out back story that made it difficult to hate them even when their actions were questionable. It was refreshing reading about characters who are unpredictable.

4. Unpredictable... everything

I've prided myself on being able to predict stories, but I was stumped by The Young Elites. It's a nice change in pace to be reading a story that could go anywhere. 


FINAL THOUGHTS

It was refreshing to read an unpredictable fantasy with such a dark plot. My only problems was that I had a difficult time emotionally bonding with the characters. As much as I loved their stories, I have yet to feel anything for any of the characters. But The Young Elites is a strong start to this series, and I can't wait to see how the story continues. 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 

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