The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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.20821111 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 was so excited to read this book because I’d heard how amazing it was.  Well, it wasn’t so amazing for me.  It took me a while to get into it and I actually put it down for a couple of weeks before picking it up and finishing it.

I don’t mind a dark book – I’ve read my share and enjoyed them.  But in this book, the MC is more of an antagonist.  Adelina was a fascinating character, but I never connected with her, didn’t care for her at all, and grew very tired of hearing about her relationship with her father.  I came close to putting the book down for good because of her, and I have to say, as it stands now, I doubt I’ll be reading book two of this series.  If she had been a secondary character, I think I would have enjoyed the book more, because there’s a really good story here, but I didn’t want to read it from her perspective.

The world-building was average and the other characters well-fleshed, their backstories and relationships complicated and interesting.  The imagery was wonderful, making me feel as if I were standing alongside the characters watching what was happening.

From other reviews I’ve read, you either love this book or you don’t, and because of the pacing, near constant whining of the MC about her father, and my disconnect with the MC, this book just wasn’t for me.

3 thoughts on “The Young Elites by Marie Lu

  1. You’re the first person I know who hasn’t liked this book, but all of your comments make sense. I really hated her relationship with Enzo, and I never saw the connection between those two. I’m really interested to see how the new characters who were introduced at the end of the book play out, that’s really what’s keeping me interested in this series.


    1. The epilogue did give me some hope, so when the next one comes out, I may scan the book in a bookstore before I decide to buy it. You’re right – the relationship between Enzo and Adelina seemed rushed and came out of nowhere – they knew next to nothing about each other.

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      1. Basically. And after the June/Day relationship Lu gave us it was really one note. But I think part of it is because Adelina has never really had love, so I’m hoping she’ll have a real relationship later (I can totally see her with the boy who came back from the dead).


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