Book Talk: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

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Book Talk: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Published On: October 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
3 Stars
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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.

Thoughts When I Finished:

I wasn’t overly excited about this book but when I finished I felt ok. Nothing spectacular but no overwhelming hatred towards anything.

What I Loved:

The epilogue. I felt like it really hooked you into picking up the next book. It made me curious if we’re going to meet this character and what’s going to happen if we do. This is probably the only thing saving this series for me right now because I felt disappointed with everything else.

What I Didn’t Like:

I didn’t care much for the characters in this book. Adelina annoyed me most of the time and most of the other characters were kind of mean. I just felt no connection to any of them and that makes a book hard to read.

I found the plot could be pretty boring at times. I felt like it mostly consisted of Adelina being unsure of everything when there could have been so much more action happening. We mostly just followed Adelina around as she learned new things about her powers and there was nothing exciting about it. There was no at the edge of my seat moment.

This whole book was pretty much working up to Adelina being in this specific group of the young elites and then things just get weird and complicated. It felt like a let down to me even though, by the title of the next book, she’ll probably make her own.



Who I’d recommend To:

This could be an excellent book for people who want to ease into the fantasy genre. The setting is mostly normal with a little bit of fantasy aspects thrown in. The only really heavy fantasy item was that some people have powers while others don’t. Other than that, it’s a pretty normal story.

Quick Review:

I feel like this story wasn’t very original. I could probably name 5 other books that have the exact same idea. Maybe it’s because dystopia’s are sort of all the same. That’s not an excuse though. Nothing about this book made me feel anything. I didn’t love the characters and nothing in the plot made me sad, excited, or angry. That’s not to say you shouldn’t read it! Someone who hasn’t read quite so many fantasies as me could love this book. If you’re a huge fantasy/dystopia reader though, maybe you should skip this one.

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