The Young Elites
(The Young Elites #1)
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.
After reading the Legend series by Marie Lu, I was excited to read the first novel in her new series. I found that the concept of the novel was very interesting, although Marie Lu did not portray this theory adequately in my opinion. The character development was very well done, although there was not nearly enough development of the secondary characters. I fell in love with Adelina from the first moment of the novel! I loved that she had a truly troubling past and rose above it. This being said I didn’t like how she never seemed to have truly moved past her horrific past. She was also in a constant weakened state of mind around Enzo. I would have liked her to have been a strong, fierce female protagonist. Yet, around Enzo she just turned to mush! She became so attached to him, so fast, there was no transition. I also disliked the fact that their relationship never seemed to take off. Then, of course by the end of the book it didn’t seem possible for them to have a relationship anymore, but no spoilers! So as you can see I was not a big fan of their interesting relationship.
The plot was satisfactory although there were no plot twists or unexpected events. As I already mentioned, I loved the concept of the youth obtaining these special powers, though the plot never seemed to develop past this initial concept. I also disliked the fact that Adelina never fully grasped control of her powers, but only improved slightly. This being said, this aspect makes the novel more realistic. Marie Lu describes each character to the extent that I can’t help but like each of them, though there could have been more development in this aspect. I thought that the dynamics between the characters were not illustrated to their full potential. Many of the secondary characters expressed a blatant dislike for the protagonist, Adelina, which made me, as a reader more sympathetic towards her. I must admit that Teren was one of my favorite characters! I know that he is considered evil in the novel, but I can’t help but sympathize with him! To conclude, I would say the novel was satisfactory. Nothing special and in all honesty I wouldn’t recommend it.