Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites - Marie LuPublisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (October 7, 2014)
Hardcover: 355 pages
Series: The Young Elites #1
Source: Publisher
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: of 5 stars

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. 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. 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.


There was something in the acknowledgment at the end of the book that caught me. I don’t normally read acknowledgements, rushing from one book to the next, but I’m glad I did this time.

“Sometimes, all it takes to see the right path is a flash of brilliant insight from someone else. I realized the problem was that I didn’t want to tell a hero’s journey; I wanted to tell a villain’s.”

And it’s true. Even though you can see Adelina trying to fit in where she can, to do something good to keep her place where she thinks she should be, this girl is a villain. She displays this unfathomable amount of fear and darkness inside her. Even as she slips further and further down this path, you can’t help but want to root for her and wish for her redemption and happiness.

This book sets up an amazingly complex world with a great set of characters. We’re introduced to so many of them, however, that makes it hard for each character to be as developed as you might like. But, fear not. This is only the first book after all, and who knows what the future will bring!

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0 Replies to “Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu”

  1. Not heard of this one nor read this author, but it sounds really interesting. I might have to check it out. 🙂 Great review!

    1. This is my first foray into Marie Lu, and it was really great. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it. 😀 Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  2. I want to read this one even though I’m not a huge YA fan! Though I may have to wait until the 2nd comes out so I don’t have to wait!

    1. Oooh, that’s smart. Waiting means more to enjoy at once with less of the agony between books. :Db

  3. I just received a copy of this audiobook last week from a friend. I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it so much and I’m looking forward to starting it soon. It will be my first Marie Lu book too. 🙂

    1. OH. I hope you enjoy it! 😀 I haven’t heard the audiobook, so I hope it has a good narrator to do this story justice.

  4. I read the acknowledgements on this book too! And it completely didn’t surprise me. Enzo and Raffaelle were so thoroughly developed, and then you have Adelina who steals the stage. I can tell that this started off as a hero’s book and then turned to a villain’s story. I don’t know if I can say that I really enjoyed reading it, but it was still excellently written and developed! 🙂

    1. That’s so true. And I go back and forth between liking it and loving it. But I completely agree that this was written well and the development of the story and characters worked. It’s good enough that I’m looking forward to the second book. 🙂

  5. So glad you enjoyed this book! I admit, that bit from the acknowledgements was pretty fantastic. *chills running down spine* I hope book two does not disappoint!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Ohhh, I hope the same! 😀

  6. Thanks for the quick review, I love the caption that you shared. I like how this book shares the perspective of a villain, it sounds amazing!

    1. I don’t know why, but I’m so fond of a good villain’s story. They can be so twisted and compelling that it’s hard to put down. 😀

  7. Ooh, happy to hear you enjoyed this! I love the fact that the main character is a “villain”! Always makes the book more interesting! How’s (or is there) the romance?

    1. Yesss. It was good. And it makes me excited to eventually start Legend! 😀

  8. I’m so fascinated by villain stories, though they make me nervous as well. I definitely need to connect to the character and find something to sympathize with, and it sounds like you were able to do that. I’m eager to read this book soon!

    1. Yes! Like any story, there’s no guarantee the story will be amazing even if it involves a plot you like. I’d be interested to hear what you think about this. 🙂

  9. I’ve been seeing some really great reviews for this book. I’m definitely intrigued and am adding it to my TBR list. Sounds like a book that I shouldn’t miss 🙂

    1. I’m definitely glad I gave it a shot. It was a good read, so I hope you do get a chance to check it out. 🙂

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