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The Young Elites

de Marie Lu

Sèrie: The Young Elites (1)

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"Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities"--
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I loved this!!

This book really pushed my love of morally grey characters, and what all I'd forgive them for, to a line, a line which I haven't yet crossed. Some things really bordered on WHAT THE F*CK THIS IS NOT OKAY, and sometimes I would think whether this was really a character I loved enough to still root for.

But, despite all of that, I seriously enjoyed it.

Adelina Amouteru is an extremely relatable character some of the time, but most of the time you read about what she's doing and you go am I sure this is a good character? The answer is no, because Adelina is not a good character. What she is, however, is understandable, while bordering on too much.

I loved the gore this had (gee, that is so weird), especially after The Flame in The Mist, which I'd finished right before this, which also had gore. I think I was just in a really vindictive and bloodthirsty mood that week (because of course I'm writing the review more than a month after finishing it).

The thing is, I've drafted this review in my head a lot of times, but now I can't remember most of it. And that is why I should write reviews on time. *sighs*

I, frankly, did not care as much for the plot as I did for the characters, which seems to be a recurring case with me and Marie Lu's books... the characters are just so well written, with so many sides, and depths, and individual motives; the characters are to die for. And some did. And just, I hated it. No spoilers, though:HOW COULD YOU KILL HIM. HOW COULD YOU. AND THAT TOO BY HER HAND.

How to break your heart and tear it into pieces 101:
-Take your very morally grey character which has questionable motives and very strained relationships at times, and make sure they have a love interest which is like extremely hot and perfect and just, just a good love interest.

-Got them? Now, take your MC, and make her kill him accidentally. And make the scene so that you don't realise what's happened till it's already done (I realised halfway through because there was no way this book was ending on that happy note).

-And then, just to rub it in, make everyone else hate her.


What I did like about the death was that even though it was literally the same concept as what I'd read in The Memory Thief before this, this was a million times better. The same concept, executed so well compared to Etta and her crying.

I loved that Adelina is not a hero. She's not quite a villain, but then she's not a hero either. She's in between, but not exactly? Honestly, she's just concerned for her survival. And at times her sister's. And maybe the love interest and the friendships too, at times, but that went up in flames pretty fast.

While I did love Adelina's moral greyness a lot, at times I would just go 'she doesn't mean that, she must have a good reason and not sadistic ones', but the truth is that she doesn't. Even though she's pretty root-worthy, I would still have moments where I would feel maybe that's a bit far, this much is too much.

I would have this feeling of ...I don't know how to describe it, but it would be like how I wished a bit that maybe the way the darkness got built up and trapped inside her was a little less, and she was more like my normal morally grey characters, with a somewhat less fluctuating moral compass.

But in the end, that is what makes Adelina Adelina. Her darkness is what characterises her, what gives her purpose, and what makes her who she is, how she behaves, and I don't think she would be as interesting of a character as she is without it.

Throughout this book, I would find myself reminded of Vicious a lot, except I think even Vicious had somewhat more morally set characters, and Adelina would vary from moment to moment. Though, to be fair, Victor also varies from moment to moment (It's like that scene from Avengers, was it? Where someone commits the grave mistake of asking Loki how he's feeling, and he answers It varies from moment to moment? That is the scene, right?)(I just googled it, and I was mostly right, but it was from Ragnarok, and it was Banner who asked)

On the whole, an amazing book, whose sequel I will finally be reading later this week, after nearly two months after finishing this. I'm just hoping the dead come to life. Please. I recommend it to anyone who likes morally grey characters, antiheroes and antivillains, though it's sometimes unclear who's who, romances that are slowburn and instalove at the same time,bloodthirsty and vindictive characters through which you can live vicariously, and another amazing book by Marie Lu. ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
Such a good book! I read it and then listened to it as an audiobook and i loved it both times! ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Feb 23, 2021 |
I very much enjoyed this book. It was dark and disturbing and reading from such a sinister character's point of view was fascinating. I have never read a book like this one. In addition, the multiple POVs were insightful and I loved how the author wasn't afraid to let awful things happen to her characters,
SPOILER ALERT
for example when she killed off Enzo or Dante, or when she gets kicked out of the Dagger Society.
END OF SPOILERS

Now to the writing. The vocabulary used was not very expansive and I, for one, generally like learning a few new words when I read a new book. The writing style was similarly not optimal - in my, may I add, very subjective opinion.

However, I will be reading the next book, as I did get caught up in Adelina's emotional turmoil and the book even managed to make me cry.

The result: a 3/5 star rating ( )
  amberdahlwijk | Jan 21, 2021 |
Rating: 97% (4.85 stars) ( )
  melonah | Jan 9, 2021 |
unimpressed. ( )
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
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