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Review: The Young Elites @Marie Lu

The Young ElitesSeries: A Young Elites Novel (Book 1)

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (October 7, 2014)

ISBN-13: 978-0399167836

Rating: 3.5


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.


You would think from reading that synopsis that The Young Elites by Marie Lu would be action-packed and a fast read. Well it wasn’t for me. Took me 5 days to read this book and I’m a fast reader. And that’s is when I forced myself to sit down and actually read the book.

Sorry, but is the middle of the road type book for me. It’s also the reason for the 3.5 rating. I had high hope for The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I mean her Legend series was absolutely phenomenal. Love love loved that series. Marie is a lyricist with words. She knows how to weave a tale that is captivating—leaving you on the edge of your seat wanting more. So naturally when I heard she was writing another book I knew I had to have it.

Sadly, The Young Elites just doesn’t do it for me. Honestly, I found most of it boring and I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. The only one that I like and though was well developed was Raffele. Even if he was a bit cliche in development.

So the story is told from Adelina’s point of view. Pretty much a fever swept through the land–some were killed and those that survived came back flawed(the kids at least) with strange marking or powers.

Guess what?

I’ll give you a moment…..

Okay have you guessed?

You did.

Well my friend you are correct. The ones that came back with powers were feared and hunted down. They are known as malfettos.

Anyways, most of the story is of Adelina being treated unkindly. Of her wanting revenge to learn how to control her powers. Of her blushing and getting dressed up pretty inside of a brothel. Yes that’s the Young Elites hideout. It’s also her her playing both sides because you know. Someone important to her is held captive and what not.

Okay so I just realized as I’m typing this up that maybe I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped. The concept was cool but I think the story wasn’t fleshed out well. It wasn’t has descriptive as I would have like it. The world building was lacking. So maybe it’s more of a 2.5.

To be fair I had just finish reading An Ember in the Ashes which blew my mind so…..

Yeah I’ll just keep the 3.5 rating.

Who knows I might re-read and change my mind about this book in the future. It can happen.


Marie LuI 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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2 thoughts on “Review: The Young Elites @Marie Lu

  1. I’ve heard a mix of good and so-so things about The Young Elites. Not sure if I’ll check it out yet, but I also haven’t read Lu’s Legend Trilogy yet. I do have the first book here at home, and I’m hoping to get to it at some point this year. You said in this review that you enjoyed Legend, right?

    1. Oh I highly recommend Lu’s Legend Trilogy. It’s a very enjoyable read. I was fully immerse in the book and writing. I’m just sad that The Young Elites didn’t bring about that same feeling.

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