Mini-Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Goodreads Blurb:

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

My Review

The world-building leaves no stone unturned, from the exotic language to references to another lifestyle. Unlike most main characters in YA fiction, Adelina Amouteru is in fact an antagonist – making this book about a “villain’s journey” instead of a “hero’s journey.” For me, that is one of the strong points of the story and it makes it stand out from the usual cliche YA fiction. My favorite character is Raffaele because of his good looks, charisma and surprisingly non-terrifying powers. (His make-up skills are a bonus.) Most of the character in this book are not explicitly good nor bad. They have a certain fluidity which just made them more real to me. 

Rating: 5 stars

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2 thoughts on “Mini-Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

  1. My favorite character was definitely Enzo

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