Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I wanted to reread The Young Elites before diving into The Rose Society, so I checked out the audiobook from my library. It was really great to revisit this story knowing everything that happens because you see everything in such a different light.

Adelina is not a hero in this book. Of course, we don’t know that right off the bat because you think this will go the normal route: girl starts out iffy; girl makes friends; girl starts to see the good in her; girl saves the day and is the hero. This is so not that story. This is also the reason I freaking love Marie Lu. I LOVE YOU, MARIE LU!

If you’ve read Marie’s Legend series you know she doesn’t shy away from digging into the dark places. She doesn’t take it easy on the reader. We go through an emotional journey when reading her books. She definitely took it there with The Young Elites. Not only is the main character not the good guy, but I really don’t know who really is. These are such complex characters! They have some good, but they totally have bad in them too. I really appreciated them and their complexities.

This is why you can’t really hate Adelina. The girl, like most villains, had been bred to see the worst in herself since she was a child. Her self esteem is so shot, she doesn’t trust anyone or anything. She really tried though and this is why instead of dislike I only felt heartbroken for her.

I feel I’m ready to see what The Rose Society will bring. I’m not hoping for a happy ending, but I’m kind of hoping a certain character returns, even if it’s from the deepest underworld. ;)

Audiobook Notes

This audiobook was really fantastic. You have two narrators who really brought these characters to life for me. It was easy to follow along, though since it was a reread I can’t really attest how it would have been if it hadn’t been. I think it probably is just as easy for first-time listeners too. Two thumbs up!

Book Info

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Narrator: Carla CorvoLannon Killea
Series: The Young Elites #1
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons BfYR
Pub Date: October 7th 2014
Pages: 355
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: FantasyYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)

I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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

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    I want to read this one so badly! I’ve had a copy on my shelf for a while because I found it pretty cheap at a used bookstore in hardcover but I always forget that I own it. Maybe I’ll read it soon!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    I love this series so much!! I loved The Young Elites, but I still loved The Rose Society even more. I love Adelina. She is so dark and complex and I still empathize with her even when she does awful things. I thought the darkness was a bigger component in the sequel and I loved it. Great review!

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