The sequel to The Young Elites, The Rose Society, by Marie Lu continues Adelina Amouteru’s journey as a Young Elite with a dangerous and dark power.
CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT if you have not read The Young Elites!
The Dagger Society had saved Adelina from death and trained her how to hone her deadly powers of illusion. But because of her uncontrollable powers, Enzo (the leader of the Dagger Society) died. She also accidentally killed Dante, a member of the Dagger Society who was antagonistic toward her.
Free from the Dagger Society, Adelina flees Kennetra to look for other Young Elites who will help her achieve her revenge with her sister, Violetta, who has the power to take away a Young Elite’s power. Pursuing her however, are the Inquisition Axis and various authorities. But they are no match for Adelina, though who kills anyone who stands in her way with an alarming vengeance.
So, my thoughts on The Rose Society. I had no trouble keeping my interest focussed on this book. As in book 1, the writing and plot development was very good, as was character development. I also liked how the author found a way to balance the Young Elites’ powers, so they’re not completely invincible. My main issue is with Adelina.
The author mentions that Adelina’s journey is a villain’s journey and not a heroine’s. This book confirms that when Adelina ruthlessly kills people and even kills her former friend, Gemma. When Adelina kills Gemma, I knew that there was no redemption for her. If, by some miracle, Adelina manages to keep hold of her throne and kill all her enemies, she could literally make an illusion of peace and harbor her guilt away until it kills her.
By the end of the book, all my patience and sympathy for Adelina was almost spent. I don’t know how, but I still care just the tiniest bit what happens to her because of her terrible childhood even if she is a horrible character.
I really disliked how there were no clear morals and all of the groups of characters with objectives all seemed to be of varying degrees of dislikable-ness. When I read a book, I prefer to have characters that I actually like. Owing to the terrific writing and plot though, I think that I will read the third book when it comes out.
Rating: Choose It!
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