Hey y’all! Summer school is finally over, thank god, and I am getting back into reading with a book from Ms. Marie Lu, because I don’t think they have the ability to be bad 🙂
Alright, so I think I’ve actually read this series before but I completely forgot what it was about, I just have a faint recollection of crying after the second book… so we’ll see how that goes.
Summary of The Young Elites by Marie Lu: A decade ago, a deadly blood fever swept through Adelina Amouteru’s country. All the adults who were infected died, but the children survived with strange markings: highlights in their hair, impossibly pale eyes, and scars. With these markings came strange powers that were out of this world, such as the ability to conjure fire, teleport, or control the wind. This led to fear and scorn from the villagers, of these mutations, these mistakes, these malfettos. However, a group of these powerful youth have banded together to make The Young Elites, and they are focused on taking back the Crown Prince’s birthright, which is to rule the kingdom, and stop the discrimination against these powerful children.
So… I have conflicting feelings about this book. But, it’s mainly because I did not like Adelina, and she’s the main character… In fact, I quite liked the plot, and the twists in here are pretty darn good. Another thought though, is that the characters are sort of flat. There’s no real development, and I don’t think there’s a single character whose backstory is intricate or deep. However, this is just the first book, so I’m holding out hope!! Other than that though, the plot was awesome, and the world and concept are very interesting; the action is nicely written as well!
Now, y’all are going to laugh at me but I wasn’t for the romance in this story… I SWEAR I DON’T HATE LOVE. It’s also not that Marie can’t write romance, because the Legend series absolutely shredded my heart, it’s just that there was ZERO build-up for this relationship, and that made me really sad.
Anyway, my final rating is a 7/10, I’m super sorry, Ms. Lu! I have hiiiigh hopes for the sequel though, so I’ll let you guys know how that goes!