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Title & Series: THE YOUNG ELITES (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


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.


The Review

THE YOUNG ELITES is an amazing and incredibly exciting start to this new series by Author Marie Lu. The world is fascinating, the story is darkly alluring, the characters are intriguing and dangerous and fierce. It is riveting. It delivers the unexpected. It is guaranteed to make you eager to dive into the next installment in the series. It is a thrilling and imaginative and immensely entertaining read.

The blood fever left Adelina Amouteru disfigured, branding her a malfetto, making her an outcast, someone to be despised, someone to be feared. Even more so after the rumors began to circulate of the existence of malfettos with extraordinary abilities.

Yet, no matter how fearsome they were rumored to be, these gifted malfettos were deemed valuable. So much so that her father hoped to be able to capitalize on that value. But no matter how hard he pushed her, or how cruel to her he was, Adelina could not call upon any powers. She felt a darkness growing within her, but no gifts emerged. She was not exceptional. She was not one of the Young Elites.

Or so she thought, until she was caught attempting to flee the future her father arranged for her. Because she didn’t just imagine the shadows that struck fear in her father’s heart, she created them.

Marie Lu created a world that is governed by fear, where those who are different are ostracized, targeted for violence, used to further the agenda of a power-hungry queen and a zealot of an inquisitor. She introduced characters who range from anti-hero to villain and gave them abilities that enable them to dispense dark justice, create chaos, inflict pain, spread terror.

The author does not promise readers a happy ending. She did not create heroes and heroines and saviors. The battles are not between good and evil, but between evil and not-quite-so-evil. The motives are greed, vengeance, power. The outcomes are brutal, destructive, deadly, jaw-dropping. The result is a stunning and chilling and deliciously dark and breathtaking story.

Readers who prefer their characters a bit devious, a touch menacing, not always well-intentioned, yet wickedly appealing will fall instantly in love with THE YOUNG ELITES. Secrets, blackmail, deception, betrayal, deadly plots, lethal confrontations, and mass executions make for an edge-of-your-seat and electrifying read. And with the promise of new characters, a new setting, a new society, this series is an absolute must must-read.

The Rating


About Marie Lu

Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.


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