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.
“So. Tell me, little wolf. Do you want to punish those who have wronged you?”
I realized the problem was that I didn’t want to tell a hero’s journey; I wanted to tell a villain’s.
– Author Acknowledgments
I only have one regret. And that’s starting this book so soon after it was published. There isn’t even a set date for book 2. I don’t think I’ll make it.
Where to even start? The concept of the story is what captured my attention first. I love anything that sounds different from what I’ve read before. This is one of those stories that holds nothing back. Where main characters are scarred. Where the lines between evil and good are blurred. Where the author isn’t afraid to kill off characters.
They think they can keep me out, but it does not matter how many locks they hang at the entrance. There is always another door.
Adelina is an incredibly complex and dynamic character. They all are, really. As one of the main characters and the perspective we see through the most, part of you can’t help but root for her. You can’t help but sympathize with her. While others just see her actions, you know the truth. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, wondering how far is she going to go?
The other characters were just as infuriatingly enigmatic. You’re constantly thinking who can you I trust? what’s their motive? It all sounds pretty vague but I’ll probably spoil something if I say any more, so I’ll have to leave it at that.
Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows.
Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake.
Some worship us, think us children of the gods.
But all know us.
✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ 5 stars
The Verdict: All the hype surrounding The Young Elites. Totally well deserved, in my opinion. Never did I feel there was a lull in pace and the author kept me guessing the whole time. I was intrigued from beginning to end, and just like any awesome book, left me greedy for book #2!
Have you read this? What did you think? Did you like it as much as Marie Lu’s other books? Does it make you want to read her other series? Let me know what you think!