The Young Elites by Marie Lu

As crazy busy as it has been, I have found time to read The Young Elites and boy was it worth it. As you all know, I have a terrible weakness for young adult dystopian novels so this book was right up my alley. Before I tell you all about this lovely novel, I want to apologize for lack of book photography. I really am putting much more effort into acclimating to college life and forgot to take a picture of the cover. You can look it up if you want to see it.

The Young Elites is about a girl named Adelina who has been different her whole life. Many children caught the blood fever when they were young, the difference between them and Adelina is that Adelina never  got the powers that came with the strange markings. That is until one night, the powers that she had been hoping for manifest themselves leaving her abusive father dead. Adelina is pursued by the police and sentenced to be burned at the stake. Luckily for her she has caught the eye of the Dagger Society, a group of young elites with powers like hers. After she pledges her loyalty to the Daggers, she discovers that her sister is in captivity of the same man who arrested Adelina. She is faced with the difficult decision of proving her loyalty or saving her sister.

I liked this book for a lot of reasons. First of all, female hero with barely a love interest? I am all about that. Adelina is such a badass, but you also can’t help but feel bad for her. She is set up for such dark things, I almost feel like this could be a back story for her becoming a villain in future books. Adelina really has had a hard life and I’m kind of happy that she doesn’t just get to a point where everything is automatically fine because that isn’t realistic. Granted, diseased royal teenagers with super powers aren’t really something you come across everyday, but that isn’t the point! Basically, Adelina was written really well and a lot of the other characters were too. I was nervous to read this because I liked the Legend series so much, but not to worry, Marie Lu did not disappoint. This book is also a pretty quick read so there is no excuse not to read it (unless it’s not your thing in which case to each their own).

Four and a half stars.

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