The Young Elites by Marie Lu

This is an author I have recommended forever and I thought it was about time I see what all the hype around her is about. So I picked up this book without really knowing anything about what i was about to get myself into so let’s see how it goes.

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.

Taken from goodreads

Instantly I am drawn into the book by just how dark it was, and when comparing it to other books where people are getting powers it quite literally is night and day. You have a main character who doesn’t know what to do with her powers but whenever she feels powerful and in control she is willing to do anything in order to stay with that feeling even if it means causing other people pain. It is great to see an author go down this path instead of having the character do anything to not feel like that, it is a breath of fresh air to be honest.

However, outside of Adelina I did find it hard to really care about any of the other characters, for me they all just seemed a little bit dull but made it sound more exciting because they had powers. The closest I came to actually caring about another character was Raffaele and this is because I feel like he is going to be very important to the story and has something hidden about him and I found myself intrigued to know more.

The enemy of the book Teren is another someone I have come close to caring about as I want to know what is happening in his mind especially seeing how he has a few secrets of his own he doesn’t want people to know about.

I found myself really enjoying my time with this book and I am looking forward to whenever I can get my hands on the second one in the series but I do hope that the character progression with some of the side characters improve otherwise this is just going to be a one star show and I am not really looking forward to that.

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