Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Goodreads Summary: 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 rumoured 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.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: They say that where there is light there is dark. This is definitely true for Adelina Amouteru. A malfetto, an abomination of her country. Shunned by her family, she discovers that she has a darker side.
I absolutely loved The Young Elites. I've been meaning to read it ever since I read the amazing Legend trilogy, and I was not disappointed.
Overall, I have to say I liked Violetta the best. I admire her dual personality and two faced life. Raffaele really intrigued me, and he had to be in second. I initially thought I'd love Enzo, but I actually found him a lot less intriguing compared to the other characters. I love Adelina, but she wasn't my favourite. She is definitely the perfect heroine though.
The climax and epilogue slotted together perfectly, and I can only wait to see what twist Marie Lu adds to The Rose Society. Marie Lu is one hundred percent worth reading, and I absolutely love her sense of style in the Dystopian World.
Recommended for: Any fan of Dystopia. This is a good one.