The Young Elites – Marie Lu

“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.” 

Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: FantasyYoung Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 336
Publisher: Putnam’s Books for Young Readers (Kindle)
Published: October 7th, 2014
Rating: 4 STARS
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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.


Fun fact: I bought the second book, The Rose Society before I bought & read The Young Elites…

Anyway, The Young Elites is the first book within the Young Elites Series and I was hesitant picking up a book by Marie Lu. One of my friends read Legends last year and she hated it. But since the second book intrigued me so much, I decided to read the series after all. And I don’t regret it.

It’s a dark fantasy book and definitely different from the other fantasy books I usually read. Often books within the fantasy are about fae, elves, and fairies but never about mental abilities to hurt people, make it rain or the wind.

The Young Elites are called the people who were left with strange abilities after surviving the blood fever. Adelina Amouteru is one of them.

Personally I really liked Adelina in this book. You can feel her pain, anger, and fear. Her suffering and her being uncomfortable in her own skin. She suffers under her father and when he sells her to a fellow merchant, she decided to flee. But he doesn’t get far.

She ends up in jail of the inquisition waiting to be executed when she discovers her own powers and ends up meeting the Dagger Society, a group of Young Elites.

Adelina is taken to the Fortunata Court where she learns to control and use her abilities. The other Daggers are distant and hesitant towards her. Only Raffaele and Enzo open up to her.
I have to say that I missed depth within any of her relationship to the other characters. It all seemed very…flat and not well-developed. But I do like the characters and their development.

The book is full of darkness, pain, power, love, betrayal and twists.

“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”

All in all, it’s a good book and I’d recommend it to anyone who looks for a unique story line and who does enjoy a certain darkness within books.


Author: Fhina

Ocean soul. 30 years old book lover living in Helsinki, active reader and coffee addict.

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