A decade ago, a deadly blood fever swept through the nation. Most of the infected perished, but some survivors were left with strange markings, rumored to signify powerful gifts for those who possess them. And though their identities remain secret, this group of survivors has come to be called The Young Elites.
The Inquisition Axis seeks to destroy them. The Dagger Society aims to find them before the Inquisition Axis. And Adelina Amouteru just wants to be left alone. But two truths will soon surface:
Adelinas powers are far from ordinary…
And she is not to be crossed.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu was a recent Barnes and Nobel buy. I read The Legend Series by her and really liked them, so when I saw that she had come out with some new books I was very interested. As soon as I read the description on the back of the book I knew I had to get it. I’m very glad I did. I really liked this book and I’m very excited to dig into the second as soon as I finish this review.
So as soon as I read “powerful gifts” in the description of this book I knew I was going to like it. The story starts out following Adelina in her home, where her father is a terror and her sister, Violetta, is the only one he seems to love. When Adelina overhears a conversation between her father and someone who would like to purchase her as a mistress she knows it’s time for her to run. She makes her escape in the cover of the night and is quickly found by her father where she finally finds the power she received from surviving the blood fever. Shortly after this she’s captured by the Inquisition Axis and sentenced to execution. This is when the story gets really good. The Dagger Society comes to her rescue and claims her as one of their own. I liked Adelina for the most part. She’s a girl that’s been wronged most of her life and finally has a chance to do right and show her true potential. She’s very unsure of herself because of all of the self doubt and hatred instilled in her as she was raised. Throughout the pages she grows much more confident and determined to show that she was worth the risk of saving her. As her power grows and she learns slowly to try and control it, she starts to feel like she belongs with these people that saved her. Until one Inquisitor finds her and threatens her sister’s life in exchange for betraying her newfound friends. Instead of telling the other young elites she keeps her secret and tries to find a way to save Violetta by herself. This is something I never like when they happen in stories. JUST TELL YOUR FRIENDS PLEASE. They may not be able to help right away, but you will save yourself so much trouble and hurt and betrayal in the end. It always infuriates me when the main character keeps secrets from people that care or are starting to care about her. Other than this secret I really like Adelina. She’s a determined character who just wants to be cared for by others.
The Dagger Society, filled with young elites, was a very interesting group filled with a variety of people. The leader, Enzo, was my favorite. He saw something in Adelina that he thought would be useful to their group. The more he got to know her the more he started to care for her. I really enjoyed watching the two of them get to know one another and finally start to open up to one another. The other members of The Dagger Society were all very hesitant to welcome Adelina at first, but as they got to know her they welcomed her more and more. Except one of course, there’s always one that remains doubtful.
The setting of The Young Elites was also something I liked. It’s set in a fantasy world with places that are mapped on a few pages in the beginning of the book. I loved that Lu put a lot of description about these places while Adelina travels around. I felt like I could really see where she was going when she went somewhere new.
Something else I really liked was that Lu gives us many different perspectives to read this story from. Each new chapter is labeled with whose perspective we will be following. I really enjoy books that let me see many different sides of the story.
The climax of this book was so unexpected. Talk about a plot twist. Something I really enjoy when reading is when books actually catch me by surprise and this one definitely did. I’m writing this review as fast as I can because I really want to start the next book in the series, The Rose Society. So if you’ve read The Legend Series or you like books with people that have powers, this is a book you should pick up and read. I really liked it. Give it a read and let me know what you think!
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.