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A "New York Times" bestseller!
Five starred reviews!
An Amazon Best Book of 2014 Teen & Young Adult!
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014!
By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting. "The New York Times Book Review"
Lu pivots from the coming of age via romance formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love There s nothing easy here, for Adelina or readers there are no safe places where the pressures of betrayal, death threats, and rejection aren t felt. "Publishers Weekly," starred review
Readers should prepare to be captivated and to look forward to a continuation of the Young Elites series. "Booklist," starred review
A must for fans of totally immersive fantasies. "Kirkus Reviews," starred review
A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this 14th-century fantasy from Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy), in a world where fear is power. The overriding epic fantasy will keep readers hooked for book two, which teases to be a game-changer. Bring it on. "Shelf Awareness," starred review
The taut, tightly packed narrative provides an engaging mix of pulse-quickening fight scenes, heart-stopping near escapes, touching interpersonal interludes, and devastating betrayals. "BCCB," starred review
Lu weaves her magic across the page as she unfolds the story of Adelina and the Young Elites. Nothing is as it is expected. "VOYA"
Lu seamlessly melds an unforgettable and intoxicating historical fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist that grapples with an issue experienced by all young adults acceptance of one s self Lu s new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike. "School Library Journal""
Praise for Marie Lu's "The Young Elites"
A "New York Times" bestseller!
Five starred reviews!
An Amazon Best Book of 2014 - Teen & Young Adult!
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014!
"By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible...There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Lu pivots from the 'coming of age via romance' formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love... There's nothing easy here, for Adelina or readers--there are no safe places where the pressures of betrayal, death threats, and rejection aren't felt."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"Readers should prepare to be captivated--and to look forward to a continuation of the Young Elites series."--"Booklist," starred review
"A must for fans of...totally immersive fantasies." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
"A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this 14th-century fantasy from Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy), in a world where 'fear is power.' ... The overriding epic fantasy will keep readers hooked for book two, which teases to be a game-changer. Bring it on." --"Shelf Awareness," starred review
"The taut, tightly packed narrative provides an engaging mix of pulse-quickening fight scenes, heart-stopping near escapes, touching interpersonal interludes, and devastating betrayals." --"BCCB," starred review
"Lu weaves her magic across the page as she unfolds the story of Adelina and the Young Elites. Nothing is as it is expected."--"VOYA"
"Lu seamlessly melds an unforgettable and intoxicating historical fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist that grapples with an issue experienced by all young adults--acceptance of one's self... Lu's new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike."--"School Library Journal" --This text refers to the library edition.
From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B00INIXPVW
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (October 7, 2014)
- Publication date : October 7, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 2071 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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When I finished, though, it was less "YAY!!" and more meh.
The pacing of the whole book just felt off to me - we'd be racing forward with the plot on one page, and the next page we're dragging our wagons again. The last third of the book was amazing. I felt like finally Adelina was developing some character, a little spine, and I was tired of "listening" to her introspective battles between dark and light. If she's going to be a villain, just let her be a villain already.
But in all seriousness, I just felt like the author was holding back the whole time. Adelina still had to be pretty, and everyone has to think so. And she has to try to be nice and sweet and helpful. It's like the author was afraid if she made Adelina too dark, and not gorgeous (even with the facial scarring!) the readers wouldn't sympathize with her. But come on! With a backstory like hers, I would've forgiven her a lot more violence than she actually committed in this book.
I didn't get the chemistry between Adelina and the love interest, either. It just didn't spark for me.
In fact, none of the characters really made me feel much of anything. They were just sort of there, running around on the page, and I'm all, "Okay, ho-hum. Can we do something else?" I kept waiting to become involved with them, any of them, and I just couldn't do it. I don't know if it was the characterization or the plotting or what, but they just couldn't strike a chord with me. And did anyone else get a distinct X-Men-ish vibe about the whole thing?
I loved the vignette at the end, though, with the Princess of Beldain. She seems interesting, and was characterized pretty well, considering how little of the actual book she actually appears in. I hope we get a lot of focus on her and her family in The Rose Society .
Oh, come on. Even with all its problems, anyone who reads The Young Elites is going to have to go on to the next book. Like I was going to just give up? No. The premise of these books isn't completely unique, and the world-building left a lot to be desired, but I'm hoping Adelina turns out to be a completely bad anti-hero who takes zero crap from anyone. We may get there. The ending of TYE was promising.
TL;DR: This book was just okay, but I'm hoping really, really hard that the next book will rock my face off. So much potential for this series.
While the premise wasn't incredibly original to me, Adelina was the character who intrigued me. How many books have you read with a character who imagines such a bloodthirsty, violent revenge? In my case, not many. Adelina wants those who wronged her to suffer and she does not imagine any mercy. Adelina is dark, villainous and yet I rooted for her the entire book, even if it made me slightly uncomfortable to do so at times. Throughout the book it is hinted that she has a 'darkness' in her and that she can't be trusted. While we only got a glimpse of this power, it is both intriguing and powerful, and Adelina relishes the power she possess.
Like I mentioned above, the idea of a world catastrophe with emerging young people with strange powers is a trope I've seen before. It also happens to be one of my favorite tropes because I am a sucker for discovering all these characters with unique powers. Some can control elements like fire and wind, while some can make objects disappear and reappear in another location. While I don't want to go into detail for Adelina's power, know that it is versatile, original and probably more powerful than we realize at this point in the story so far.
As far as supporting characters, there are a few important ones to note:
Enzo is the leader of the Dagger Society, or the group of Young Elites that Adelina discovers. Enzo is distant, interesting and definitely has an agenda of his own. He is fascinated by Adelina's powers, despite repeated warnings that she could be dangerous. There is also a hint of attraction between the two, but I had a hard time trusting his motivations. Adelina's most important priority is herself, so I couldn't get too attached to other characters because I never knew when Adelina could turn on them.
Teren is a character I am excited to see more of. While him and Adelina are on opposing sides of this story, I have a feeling he will be an important character in the series. He is responsible for hunting down Adelina and the other Elites, but we soon learn he is harboring a secret of his own.
Violetta is Adelina's sister and while their relationship is contentious at times, she is arguably the only character Adelina has any feelings for at all. Unfortunately, Adelina has been hardened by the harsh treatment in her childhood and the prejudice against her for being a malfetto has hardened her heart. Violetta represents the only good part of Adelina that is left and I was pleasantly surprised with her character arc in this book.
The ending fell a little flat for me in terms of action, I think I was just hoping for more. Although there were a few surprising twists and turns! I will definitely be reading the next book because I need to know what happens to Adelina. Sure, she has had a pretty terrible life so far, but she is going down a dark path and I personally can't wait to see where it leads. I love the idea of reading about an anti-hero! Adelina makes a lot of questionable decisions throughout the book and it seems like she is starting to succumb to the call of her dark power. Will she continue down this path? Will she get the revenge she desires? Or will Violetta continue to be the voice of her conscience? I am excited to find out!
No offense to fanfic writers, but the story itself was so basic and predictable I just started skimming when I neared the end.
I never skim books, but this story has so many repeated plot points and character introspection that it forced my hand.
To its merit, the story starts on a high note but quickly falls flat near the end. The plot becomes painfully predictable to the point that it was like a story plot generator had filled out a good 80% of the narrative.
I didn't go in with high expectations and I wouldn't say I was disappointed. The book was well below average when it comes to similar fantasy stories about superpowered people being ostracized by society.
By all means, read this book if you have nothing else to read.
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Adelina Amouteru is Marie Lu's major protagonist in her book 'The Young Elites'. In essence it's about a young normal girl who is changed by illness, both physically and psychologically. Her scars expose her as a survivor, but because other survivors of this disease have exhibited unusual and varied talents, some of which are quite frightening, her father tries to uncover if she has gained any with a view to exploiting her if she has. She escapes him and finds refuge among others of her kind who attempt to train her to use her 'gifts'.
So far so good. Then as is too often the case (for me at any rate) time and again her gifts fail her just when she really needs them, infuriatingly so! Additionally other characters who would have undoubtedly ended her if they had stayed true to themselves simply let her be, even help her for no explicable reason.
Marie Lu describes a brutal world with a dark magic system, she hints at the power her characters hold, yet somehow they disappoint. Wouldn't it be more unusual and yet so refreshing if powerful characters with agendas, passions and yes evilness were written without their powers and psyche flip flopping in and out or on and off? Please just give me a constantly performing lead character, if they are evil I can live with it, if they have talents let them use them without me having to worry if they will falter for no good reason at almost every turn.
I am determined to read the next in this series 'The Rose Society' as our anti heroine has declared she will form her own group of misfits and set things right. Or will she get tired just at the crucial moment and fumble the ball yet again?
Adelina is a malfetto—a survivor of a blood fever that changed her hair to silver, and left her with a scar where her left eye used to be. She lives with her sister and a cruel father who believes that she is nothing more than an abomination left to ruin the family name and fortune.
One night, something dark erupts from inside Adelina causing a chain of events that lands her in the care of the Dagger Society—a group of malfettos with extraordinary abilities called The Young Elites.
I might just be squeamish, but I found this book to be dark. And not in the sense that there’s a lot of blood and gore (although there’s no lack either), but in the sense that it touches something dark inside the reader. At least it did for me.
Adelina is not the typical heroine. Starting from her scarred looks, to her bad choices and complex personality, she is a unique character, that I grew to root for in many ways.
The writing is on point, and I enjoyed experiencing the conflicting emotions of rooting for “the villain” for once.
Recommended for: I don’t think I’ve read many stories like this before, so I can’t give an “If you liked that, then you’ll like this”. But, if you enjoy imperfect characters in your fantasy stories that makes you think about the parallels to our world—then this book might be a good match for you.
The Grisha is probably my favourite YA I've read since I've been too old for the genre, the Renaissance was my specialist subject at university, and Assassin's Creed is my favourite computer game of the last five years. (I've never actually read Shatter Me, so I may be wrong on that one, but enough people have recommended it to me because off my love of villainous love interests that I feel like I can speak with authority!)
No one had given that me description of the Young Elites, but for the first 80% of the book, for better or worse, that's what kept churning through my mind.
In this Renaissance Italy-esque world, a strange disease killed every adult that caught it, marked every survivor, and gave a selected few strange powers linked to elements and emotions. Our "heroine" (I'll get to those quotation marks in a moment) Adeline knows she was marked, but doesn't discover she also has particularly special (but dark) powers until the opening of the book, years after the fever. She joins the titular Young Elites, a group of similarly gifted youths, and along with them, plots to overthrow the Queen and put the Crown Prince on the throne.
Said Crown Prince leads the Young Elites, controls fire, is super hot, brooding and charming, and is the perfect mixture of a slightly more chilled out Darkling and a slightly edgier Ezio (and is even called Enzo). Apologies to anyone who doesn't get either of those references, but basically, if he feels a little cliched, he's also basically everything you want in a romantic hero. We also have Teren, the psychotic, sadistic and obsessive leader of the Inquisition, tasked with wiping out the Young Elites, despite secretly having powers himself. He's also super hot and super intense, but miraculously, somehow manages to avoid becoming one side of a love triangle. He starts out as the villain and remains the villain despite having nice eyes. Whether he'll manage to keep this feat up in subsequent volumes is anyone's guess!
For that first 80% of the book, I really enjoyed it as a fun but predictable read. Everything was well done, but nothing felt really new or unique and nothing that happened really surprised me. Now, unlike some people who get up in arms about it, I don't really mind books not being original - after all, no novel's been truly original in centuries. Give me "good" over "different" any day. On the other hand, I never felt it ever quite reached the heights of the stories it was clearly inspired by.
Halfway through, I'd almost have put money on where I thought the plot was going to go, so it was a pleasant surprise when, towards the end, there's a major plot development that sends things off in a different direction and turns this into quite a different sort of novel. This turn of events genuinely shocked me and made my take far more of an interest in the book. It also made some of the comparisons feel a little less fair. It's hard to explain without giving huge spoilers, but as it's basically the USP of the series, I think I can get away with saying that the take home message seems to be that the "heroine" of this novel is basically going to be the villain of further installments in the series - and not even through the influence of a man! I didn't actually see much evidence of real villainy here, and I really wish the author had a)moved things in this direction earlier, and b) ramped them up a bit, and I hope she really goes all out in the sequel. But there's nothing I love more than a good anti-heroine or even villain protagonist, so I'm excited to see where this goes.
It's worth a read if you like the sources I've mentioned (and according to other people, also X Men, which I know nothing about), but if you ever feel it's too much of a rip-off, keep plowing on, and hopefully the ending will change your mind. This book didn't quite hit the heights of greatness, but I did enjoy it, and it's left me really looking forward to the next installment now the world is set up and the unique factors are coming out of the inspirations.
Marie Lu is one of my favourite writers. I really enjoyed her Legend series, so when I found out she was going to be writing a new series, I was over the moon.
The Young Elites is a book that differs from most other YA books I've recently read; it's darker, grittier, and ultimately the central character that the book chooses to follow is far from your typical all-around-golden-girl-wouldn't-hurt-a-fly.
In fact Adelina faces a lot of personal struggles in her life, especially when it comes to controlling her inner darkness, and this is not helped by the fact that she seems to have been raised by the ~worst~ father ever, and now struggles to sustain reciprocally warm relationships with other people (her sister included).
I found myself really connecting with Adelina, even though she's more of an anti-hero, and I think this was definitely due to how well Marie Lu first introduced & then developed the character throughout the book.
I will definitely be purchasing the next book in the series and I'm excited to see what will become of Adelina and additionally, based upon the epilogue, I'm intrigued by the character of Maeve too, and I wonder how she will fit into the plot of the second book.
A solid 4-Stars.
In Depth: I put of reading this book due to the mixed reviews and the fact I did not particularly enjoy Legend when I read that. What a mistake. I've been contemplating reading this for a while and I'm so glad that I finally did.
The part that captured my attention with this book was the fact that Adelina is not a particularly good character. The fact that this story revolves around a character, particularly a female character, makes me extremely happy. This meant that the story line as it unfolded was far more complicated than I've traditionally read.
The book itself follows Adelina after she fees her fathers home due to the fact he was to sell her as another mans mistress. The world building is complex and interesting (and something I'd love to see expanded on). And the range of characters and their backgrounds was brilliantly done.
My Thoughts: I'm really glad that I finally read this book, I enjoyed it tremendously and I cannot wait to continue on with the series. It's definitely one I would recommend to my friends if they're in the mood for something a bit different but awesome.