The novel, The Young Elites, by Marie Lu follows the story of Adelina Amouteru, a fugitive with special powers.
When the blood fever infected many in Adelina’s nation, most died. However, some people survived with peculiar markings and specially gained powers. Adelina is one of them, but to her father she is a malfetto, a disgrace.
Forced by circumstances to flee her house, her father catches Adelina as she attempts to escape. In a state of extreme panic, Adelina calls upon her power of illusions and accidentally murders her father. Then she flees her home, leaving her younger sister behind with no parents. Adelina’s mother had died from the blood fever.
A day later, the Inquisition Axis (a group bent on eradicating the Young Elites) captures Adelina and she is slated for execution. However her execution is interrupted by a group of Young Elites: The Dagger Society.
The Dagger Society rescue Adelina and offer her a place in their society–if she can prove herself. Meanwhile, Adelina’s younger sister, Violetta, is captured by he Inquisition Axis’ cruel leader, Teren and Adelina is forced to spy against her will on the Dagger Society.
Eventually she must make a choice. Will she choose the society of Young Elites or her sister? Both have risked much on her behalf.
CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT!
I had some hesitations about reading The Young Elites because I’d tried to read Legend, but couldn’t get into the story. However, the writing, suspense building, and plot were all brilliant and the font was not in a different color, which made reading easy.
The problems I had with The Young Elites though are with the characters and world building. Adelina is a unique character who you can feel sympathy for and who is relatable because of her flaws, but I felt she didn’t have enough virtues to balance out those flaws. Owing to her lack of positive qualities, I had a hard time really liking her. Also her circumstances are very similar to those of Tally Youngblood from Uglies: to get something, she must betray. I was frustrated that she didn’t have enough courage to trust the Daggers to rescue her sister. It seems that eventually in literary situations like this when the character fails to confess they usually end up in greater trouble.
Other characters: Violetta, Enzo, Gemma, and Raffaele. I liked Violetta’s character because of all that she did for Adelina, even if Adelina had practically abandoned her. I kind of liked Gemma’s character, but in the end every good thing she did beforehand didn’t seem to matter as much. I don’t know why, but I didn’t like Enzo’s character too much, especially since he kind of died in a pointless way at the end. I felt that Raffaele’s character was too manipulative for me to like his character. Whenever he used his powers on Adelina he always seemed to be deceiving her in a way with a false sense of friendship.
Rating: Choose It!
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