Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Summary:

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.

Review:

Hey! It’s Alex with my first review of the year, yay. I’ve been binge-reading both Harry Potter and the Bloodlines series this Christmas break so I really have no idea what I will be reviewing in the near future. Nevertheless, I hope you are all starting a good reading year.

The Young Elites is dark, edgy, gritty and intense. But more importantly, this book is different from any other Young Adult novels. There were some predictable plot twists, but that didn’t make me love this book any less.

The story is set in the Italian Renaissance, I was completely in for this book when I found that out. The setting doesn’t play an important role but still we can see glimpses of it, if you’re in love with the idea of Italy like me, you will appreciate where the story takes place in.

After the deadly illness that killed a good part of the population, there were some kids who survived with some special abilities. Society doesn’t approve of these people since they think they’re sent from hell, malfettos as they call them.

Adelina Amouteru is our main character, she may be the villain of the story but most of the time you just want to hug her and tell her not everyone is going to want something from her, but sadly that’s exactly how it is. Adelina really wants to be part of The Dagger Society, a place where hypothetically she belongs, but yet again people only want to use her. Her source of power comes from the darkness that’s been living within her for years since her father decided to torment her every day of her upbringing.

“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”

The other Dagger members (Gemma, Lucent, Spider, Michel, Raffaelle and Enzo) all have different powers and they are part of a movement to bring the King down, none of their powers are as dangerous as the one that lives inside Adelina. I seriously liked most of the secondary characters and Adelina does make a feble friendship with some of them but secrets, betrayals and the ever growing self-loathing she carries will end up making that impossible.

Enzo Valenciano is the leader of the Dragger Society and although he was moody and secretive, he also develops some sort of affection with Adelina. There isn’t a lot of romance in this book, I’d expected them to have a longer love relationship, but that was not the case.

“Don’t cry,” he says, his voice firm. “You are stronger than that.”

We also can see through Teren Santoro’s eyes, he’s a malfetto that works for the king. I think I may be the only one, but there were some chapters in which I felt really sorry for him, he has such a heart-breaking background that you can’t help but pity him. I hope in the next books he realises his worth and maybe changes sides.

I personally loved Adelina, she is ambitious, stubborn and longs for revenge. I can wait to see how she continues her journey and how does she destroys the ones that have wronged her, (as evil or weird as it may sound from me).

“It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. My turn.
“You’re making a mistake,” I say. My voice emerges flat and cold. The voice of someone new. “By not killing me now.”

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