Book Review: The Young Elites

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Pages: 344 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group, October 2014
Link:  Amazon

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.


The first book I read by Marie Lu is Legend. I didn’t like it. The Young Elites, I did like. The synopsis might not seem interesting, but the whole book is interesting if you like the genres listed above.

Discussion. There are spoilers!

Enzo and Adelina’s romance was real. Adelina put 100% in it, but Enzo put 50%. He truly does have a place in his heart for Adelina, but she reminds him of Daphne. He was going to marry Daphne. Adelina and Daphne have Tamouran faces.
” No wonder Enzo sometimes looks at me as if I were someone else. Another girl who once lived, whom he once loved, whom he loves still.” -Adelina (243, Lu).

Adelina killing Dante was an act of rage. She was angry and wanted to test the negative side of her powers. I don’t think it was right for her to kill him. ”All the rage and bitterness I’ve held in my heart for everything now reaches a peak.” (272, Lu)

I thought it was risky for the queen to be involved with Teren. I think she might’ve gotten with him because he has power as the Leader of the Inquisition Axis. Teren and her both want the king dead, but Teren was the one to actually kill the king. The queen, Giuletta, sat back in silence. In some way, she’s using him.





One thought on “Book Review: The Young Elites

  1. I read the young elites last month and loved it! Glad you enjoyed it too. And I completely agree that their romance is real! They are my OTP! Great review! 🙂


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