The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Our Rating: 4
Goodreads Rating: 3.96
This Book in a Song: Centuries by Fall Out Boy
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.
The Young Elites is a unique and original story written by Marie Lu. Adelina has a dark heart caused by a disturbing childhood. She is also is a survivor of the plague that killed many of the children. After recovering from this sickness, she was different. Not only did she lose an eye during surgery but she also gained some odd markings. The children with these markings were called malfettos. They were said to have supernatural powers. Many people feared the malfettos. They were discriminated and some were even killed for supposedly being part a group of malfettos called the Young Elites. To many people, the Young Elites were a terrorist group. When Adelina becomes apart of this supposed terrorist group, she questions everything about the society she thought she knew. This book follows Adelina’s struggle between the good and bad within herself.
I first decided to read this after I had read Marie Lu’s Legend series and met her at a book signing. The whole idea of the main character being the villain is a very different approach in YA. While reading I often found myself rooting for Adelina. Just hoping for her to make the right decision, if there was one. While listening to Marie Lu speak about the Young Elites, she had mentioned that her inspiration for Adelina was Darth Vader. After reading I could see what she meant. Adelina has a dark heart but she is just looking for true genuine love. Something she didn’t have during childhood. Adelina means well and tries her best to please those she cared about. You may not relate with her but through the brilliant writing of Marie Lu you will have a great insight to how Adelina thinks and it will leave you breathless.