The Young Elites by Marie Lu

the young elites

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. (Goodreads)

I am afraid to say that this book is a DNF. I really wanted to like this book, especially because I gave this author a second chance after being disappointed with the Legend series – but this book just wasn’t for me.

I found this book to be a really slow read. It was too easy to pack the book away and go and find some other source of entertainment. I didn’t feel the need to carry on reading the book; I wasn’t addicted to the book like I am with others.

I found the characters fairly irritating. Aside from the fact that they had really odd names, I couldn’t connect with any of them – they didn’t feel realistic and they weren’t characters who I found easy to relate too. I found myself rolling my eyes and putting the book down because I found them so irritating – I don’t even know why!!

The story also made very little sense… either that or I just haven’t read far enough into the story to actually understand. Where did the fever come from and how did they get rid of it? why have some people ended up with superpowers and marks, whilst others haven’t? It all makes no sense.

I am pretty sure that Marie Lu would appeal to some people, and I wouldn’t say don’t read the book just because I have a bad opinion of the book. Her writing style just isn’t for me and I gave this book 1/5 stars.

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