Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu // Twitter
Pub: October 2017
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A deadly illness had swept through her nation nearly a decade ago. Many of the children who survived were left with strange markings, and some with even stranger powers.
For much of her childhood, her father and community ostracized her and belittled her, and she would have no more of it.
Lu’s fantasy world is vivid and compelling, but the romance through me off.
Adelina is a cool character. From her markings, to her strange (and scary) abilities. The other characters we’re introduced too are just as interesting. There are multiple point of views and none of them felt pointless.
I’m particularly interested in Adelina and Teren’s point of views and story lines.
I really like the characters, but I was left a little off by the events of the novel. I think it has something to do with the romantic sub-plot intertwined within the greater narrative. The romance rather annoyed me. I was expecting this wicked character fighting societal norms, but what I got was a wicked character held down by some unnecessary plot-line.
One side of me is okay with that, but the other wants to cringe.
Other than that, The Young Elites is different, but easy to get into. Marie Lu is great at crafting worlds and immersing her readers.
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