I want to start off this review by saying that the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu is one of my favourite trilogies, so when the Young Elites was released as the first book of a new YA series by Marie Lu, I knew I had to have it. However, I would be lying if I said it hadn’t been sitting on my shelf for a few months before I eventually got around to it.
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.
It took me a while to get into this story. The main character, Adelina, is an undeniably interesting and complex character, as were the other characters. However, it’s just a general rule that it takes a while longer for me to get into stories that have split POVs, especially when the POVs change quite frequently between a number of different characters like it does in this book. Eventually, I did get into the story and was intrigued as the plot developed and unfolded. Enzo quickly became a favourite character, even though we don’t learn much about him other than that he’s a Prince who was banished by his father for being a malfetto. Enzo is the only one who sides with Adelina from the get go and he pays for this dearly as his friend, Raffaele, another member of the Young Elites, warns him several times that he will. I have to say that Raffaele was definitely my favourite character, I feel his character was the most interesting and I became instantly attached to him.
THE ENDING. I have to say that this story ends on such a plot-twist. I was so surprised that I still don’t believe that what happened actually happened. It’s just not possible. Call it denial. It’s the kind of ending that’ll have you grovelling for the next book. Overall I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for The Rose Society (book #2).