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The Young Elites by [Lu, Marie]
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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 Awarness A must for fans of...totally immersive fantasies. Kirkus Reviews

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2055 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Oct. 7 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was so fascinated with this book—as it actually had a lot of historical with a mix of dystopia in it. The Young Elites was crazily-awesome. No regrets after reading, absolutely.

I read and devoured Lu’s Legend trilogy all in one sitting each book, and I was obsessed. To this day, it is easily one of my favourite dystopia series ever. I guess I have to say that this is probably even better than Legend, especially because of its concept, characters and world-development.

“We gaze at each other for a long moment. Finally, he reaches up and gently wipes away one of my tears. “Don’t cry,” he says, his voice firms. “You are stronger than that.”

What I am able to say with no regrets is that I’ve waited a heck lot of time for this book, and it was so worth it. I just can’t wait for the sequel to come out in October! As 2014 and 2015 were and are the start of a lot of new trilogies and series, this can definitely compare to Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series, my most favourite fantasy series to this date. The writing was so addicting and I’m still honestly wondering where that concept came from. The Blood Fever? Young Elites? I can’t even come up with a simple short story having to do with a bear and a frog, and this is what came out of an almost rejected-story. Rejected things turn into magical stories, no?

So many people have been raving about this one before and even after the release in late October of 2014, and I’ve been wondering ever since if I’ll feel the same. Trust me, for a 4.5 star rating, I do feel the same, and I’m so glad. Fantasy doesn't come that easily to me, people, as I am a very picky reader, especially having to do with plots and concepts.
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The plague has finally stuck. The blood fever, as it was called infected the nations. Sweeping through the streets infecting the poor, the rich, even the royalty. The fever victims perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. From changing color of hair and eyes, to strange tattoos sprawled on their body. The ones that were left marked were called malfetto, as they set shame to their family. Some malfetto grew gifts and were cast out as demon children. They grew into a society called the Yong Elites, whose main job was to defy the government and rescue other Elites whom the government planned to kill.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. She survived, but not without a price. She was turned into malfetto, turning her dark hair white, her lashes pale, and her left eye was nothing but a scar. To her father's dismay she was not a Young Elite, with no powers to go with her markings. Instead Adelina was just another malfetto, setting shame to her entire family. Not everyone was affected by the blood fever and turned into a malfetto. Where Adelina lost her mother, her sister went through it unscratched. With her father always loving her sister more, and Adelina not an Elite, his punishment and words become harsher, hitting her, trying to provoke her powers to come. None of his attempts worked. It was the day that Adelina's father sold her that she made her escape. Only to make it into town for her father to catch her and drag her back home. That raining night was when Adelina first released her powers. To kill her father. Obviously you cannot kill someone center square at night, so it was off to her hanging with Adelina for murder. It was no the stand that the Young Elites swept in the take Adelina away.
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Out of Ten: 6/10

Review at a Glance: An opening to a dark fantasy series whose characters I could not invest in.

Review: I enjoyed Marie Lu's debut Legend as well as its sequels Prodigy and Champion, and was intrigued by her preliminary art for this series. On the other side, I'm not sure how I feel about it. There were a lot of things about this book that I really didn't enjoy, but I don't think they are a result of poor writing or storytelling.

These mixed feelings are best explained by- and perhaps rooted in- the character of Adelina. She is overall not a very likable character, and isn't really intended to be. She's bitter and vengeful, and generally enjoys the torment of those whom she feels have wronged her. It made her an aggravating character to read, as well as making her someone whom I found myself unable to root for or connect to. However, that does not me she is not a vivid, multi-faceted character, because she is- she just isn't a very good person.

The other characters were generally as vividly formed as Adelina and were quite diverse, although also difficult to connect to, especially as a result of Adelina's narration and view of them. The romance was also difficult for me to invest in, and felt stilted and underdeveloped. Adelina and Enzo did not seem to know, much less trust, each other at all and didn't really seem to like spending time with each other.

The plot was overall straight-forward, both a plot in itself and a set-up for a larger story, as this is the first book in a series. It is closely interlinked with introducing the world and magic system, which is still somewhat unclear- to the characters as well as the reader, as the powers are fairly new to the world.
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