Book Review: The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu

It is pointless to believe what you see, if you only see what you believe

In my mind, Marie Lu isn’t the greatest author. The Legend trilogy went downhill after a great start, so I was hesitant to start The Young Elites. This series has the same issues, but Marie does pull it up a little at the end.

Book Review: The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu


Title & Author: The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release date: October 7 2014
Series: The Young Elites
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books


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.

I give The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu three out of five hearts because I thought it’s wasn’t the greatest. The series started out promising,

The Young Elites has an interesting world and great characters. It could have been done better, but I did like reading it. But then The Rose Society happened and I was annoyed the entire time. It felt very much the same as The Young Elites, but Adelina is much more bitter and only gets more bitter during the book until in The Midnight Star she is completely cruel. The entire series feels like it is trying to make me hate Adelina, which is not how I have learned the main character is supposed to be. I felt very far away from the series and it didn’t help me care more.

I gave three hearts to The Young Elites, two to The Rose Society and then three again for The Midnight Star because I did love the end of the series. Adelina is so completely crushed by her sister’s death that she actually made me care and from that moment on it pulled me in again. Which is why I had to give it three hearts even though the first half of the book nearly had me give it one heart. The end is much better than the end of the Legend trilogy, Champion.

I am curious about Warcross, which I am going to read sometime soon (I hope), to see if it is more like Batman: Nightwalker or the rest of Marie’s writing. Because I did like the Batman book.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
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For now, let books enrich your life!


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