The Blonde Bookworm: The Young Elites by Marie Lu -- Review

The Young Elites by Marie Lu -- Review

Monday, September 19, 2016

Title: The Young Elites
Author Marie Lu
Pages: 355
Publisher: October 7th 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399167838 


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.


Oh. My. Goodness. Marie Lu, you are Queen. I read The Young Elites about a year ago and absolutely loved it. I just reread the book in anticipation of the third book in the series and it was even better than I remembered. Lu creates such an incredibly complex world with deeply twisted and entertaining characters. 

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of what the country calls "the blood fever" and she is left with a permanent scar.  She is also left with a strange gift that she discovers in unfortunate circumstances. She is forced to run from her home land and is given the opportunity to join a community of others with special abilities, called the Young Elites. As the days pass with the Young Elites, Adelina is forced to ask herself if she can trust them. 

Lu created such a magically dark work where the readers have to constantly ask themselves who is a good guy and who is a bad guy. Adelina is such a strong female lead, attempting to find herself in her new abilities all while trying to fit in and save the ones she loves. I just love this story and how it is so different from every other book out right now. There are no cliches and there isn't a single part of the story where you can say, "I saw that coming". 

If you are in the market for a young adult book with lots of twists and turns and maybe a few "anti-heroes", then The Young Elites is for you! Pick it up now and read the first two books in the series before the third hits the shelves in October. 

Rating 5/5


“I am Adelina Amouteru. I belong to no one. On this night, I swear to you that I will rise above everything you’ve ever taught me. I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.”  - The Young Elites


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