Review: The Young Elites #1, The Young Elites by Marie Lu

23343223Blurb from 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.

ebook, 368 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Penguin
edition language: English
series: The Young Elites
genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

My Thoughts

This is it! I’ve decided that Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors now. From now on, I will read all of her books in the future. No matter whether I’m rich or broke I’ll buy her books and read it, of course 🙂

So this book is the one that helped me realize that Marie Lu is indeed an awesome author. Not that I didn’t realize it with her Legend series, I just didn’t instantly “believe” her. Although I was impressed with Legend series, there were also things I didn’t quite like, especially in book 1, Legend. But now, I can’t help not to put her in my favorite author shelf.

I love every single thing in this book. There is no, not even one single moment that feel boring, annoying or out of place. It’s perfect.

It’s fast-pace. I couldn’t put it down till I finish it. The story draws me instantly. But to be honest, at first I was kinda skeptical since Marie Lu said the story is like a combination of X-Men and Game of Thrones (at least that’s her goal). For some weird reason I don’t like when a story is described and/or label with another story. It makes me compare each other and makes me think that they are similar. First part of the book, where Adelina discovers her power and her initiation with The Young Elites, I cannot help not to compare it to X-Men. To be honest, for a second I even think that this is another X-Men wannabe while my last X-Men-ish story was an epic fail for me. But I kept reading it because other elements in the story work for me.


Worldbuilding is one of those elements. I love it. There is something magical and eerie in the way Marie Lu describes Kenettra. And it was easy for me to be there in the story. The story itself is (sort of) unpredictable with twists I really liked, though in a way it also kinda break my heart.

As a story with a bunch of people who have power, of course this book has awesome characters. Their power is different from each other, some more powerful and more handy than others. One thing for sure, I really liked them all. Enzo, Raffaele, Dante, Gemma, Lucent, Michel, Violetta, even Teran. They have their own role and play it well. And not one of them is really good or truly bad. I guess that’s why I really liked them.

But it’s Adelina that I love most. She’s badass, but she’s also unpredictable with her dark side. She’s a heroine and at the same time she’s also a villain. These sides bring the best and the worse of her. I just couldn’t tell which side of her I love most since they intertwine each other, though in some part I didn’t like her dark side while at the same time I also understand that she has it and has to embrace it. I think she’s a complex character. And that what makes her stronger and quite different from other heroines I’ve read.

I’m sure there are still so many things to tell by Adelina as this is just the beginning of her journey. I can’t wait to experience it with her till the end.

Result: 5 out of 5 stars


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