Sunday, 25 January 2015

{Review} The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Young Elites #1

Published on 7 Oct 2014
Genre: YA Dystopia
Page Count: 355

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.

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I must confess that I am new to Marie Lu despite the hype around her other series, Legends. It was the idea of the mysterious and powerful gifts that survivors of the bloodfever attained that got me interested in The Young Elites.

Lu has a smooth writing style that makes it easy for me to follow her characters through the story. However, I couldn't quite connect with the characters. Yes, I did felt sympathy towards Adelina for what she went through and that was it. There wasn't much on the romance portion as well. The fight scenes, however, were well-written. Generally a good read but I kept getting the feeling that it could be better. Hopefully book 2 will make up for the few shortcomings in the first one.

Recommendation: Borrow the book if you want to read it. Buy if you want to admire the cover.

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