Book Review : The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

If you have loved the Legend series by Marie Lu then there is no way that you should skip the elite series because the series just gets better with each succeeding books. Its rich in plot and characters making it worth the trouble and effort.

The Young Elites - BookThe Young Elites Official Synopsis

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 - QuoteThe Young Elites RWAT Take

The Young Elites offers you a set of characters that are dynamic, volatile and at the most impossible to track in their behaviour as you never know how each of them will act and behave. The characters are true definition of being gray. They are neither good or bad but caught in between and completely upto the judgement of the readers to tag them as good or bad or even worth following. I think it takes a whole lot of effort to create characters that keeps you on toes and completely clueless to how to describe them. since i am writing the review after having read the second book, i can definitely say that the first book is nothing compared to what is waiting for you in the second book. The characters are all strongly opinionated and complex and it adds to the fun of sitting through and watch them behave and act as they do

The series is worth following and i felt was even more impressive than Marie Lu’s Legend series. with such dark prodding characters, you will be in a maze trying to figure out each of them and understanding them. In my opinion first book is much more easy to track than its successor.


If you are still judging, or confused about the series, then i would only say this that unless you try the series, you can’t actually judge it. It is too complex and intricate to put it as a good or bad read. I say try it and wait for the sequel for the true magic.


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