Review - The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Thursday, January 8, 2015

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.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.

It's not often you get a book with a villainous protagonist. A certain refreshment from your usual good-guy-saves-the-day fantasy.The protagonist, Adelina, is full of darkness, hatred and revenge. I love how the author wasn't afraid to fully flesh out Adelina's character, bluntly giving us the good, the bad and the ugly. Particularly the ugly. And yet, for all Adelina's faults, you can't help but root for her. Marie Lu has created a masterpiece of a character.
Also noteworthy is the excellent world-building. The whole story takes place in a world new world with its own distinctive traits. This world is so different from our own, yet completely believable, as least in my opinion.
Marie Lu's previous writing captivated me in its seamless beauty. The Young Elites offered nothing less.
This would not have been an easy book to write. Adelina's character would have required a LOT of work, as would Enzo's. The whole novel is executed beautifully, the narrative being smooth and enthralling. It's almost agony waiting for the release of the sequel. I simply cannot wait to find out what happens next!
Who would I recommend this to?
If you like fantasy with a dark twist, I would recommend this to you. Also, if you've read Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, and are hoping for more awesomeness, I'll let you know that The Young Elites won't let you down. Definitely one of my favourite books for 2015!  
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  1. I'm looking forward to reading this book! I have it but haven't picked it up yet. Definitely going to, great review. :)

    1. Hope you get to read it soon. Thanks for stopping by! :)