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Review: The Young Elites trilogy

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The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu: The Young Elites, The Rose Society, The Midnight Star

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Dystopia

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4.5 star rating

tye trilogy“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.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.”

As you may know, I’ve been in a reading slump. The last time I read a book was in July, and since then I was unable to read anything until last week. This trilogy definitely made up for all that lost time though.

I love villains. I love learning more about them, getting into their heads and figuring out what makes them who they are, the motivation behind their actions. I find them to be more complex and interesting than the hero most of the times. So I was beyond happy when I heard of this book.

“The making of a villain” was what was said to me, and I was sold. I went ahead and bought it. Two days later, I went back to my local bookshop and got the other two. What’s best than a finished trilogy to binge?

And so these gorgeous books were added to my shelves, and there they stood, unread, for months. I have a tbr pile problem, as addressed here, but I’m (slowly) trying to get through them.

During the last week of July, Booktube-a-thon happened. Read 7 books in 7 days? Awesome! It was the perfect opportunity to binge this series. But, as it happens, life got in the way and I only managed to read the first 2 books before I left for my holiday. Slump ensues. Fast forward to last week, when I finally picked up and finished the last book and now here we are.

the young elites1First things first: Marie Lu is a fantastic author. She has a way with words that captures you and makes you want to just keep reading. The pacing of this story is so good, and the world building is great! I loved how she created a world that is so similar to ours (I pictured it like renaissance Italy meets Victorian England) but so different at the same time. The mythology was so interesting! I wish we could get more on that, maybe more myths about the gods. Also, the little snippets of other people’s letters and legends we got at the beginning of each chapter were amazing and definitely one of my favorite parts of these books.

Character-wise, I was very impressed. Even though I knew this was going to be a dark and twisted ride, it was still too hard to watch Adelina going through some things at times, and making some terrible choices. Despite it all, I still found myself caring for her and wanting her to just be happy. I adored her relationship with her sister and how that was such a central part of who she was. THAT ENDING in The Midnight Star was beautiful and heartbreaking and I loved it.

Magiano is my favorite. He’s talented, and caring, and charming, and ambitious and so clever. Also, very funny guy. I love him. Just give me more Magiano.

Teren is a deliciously complex character and although he creeped me out a bit, he was such a great addition to this story. His storyline and development throughout the series are definitely one of the best ones.

The Daggers. What to say about them? Out of everyone, Raffaelle was the one that intrigued me the most. From the very start, I always saw him as the actual leader, the one people followed and trusted, the one they would go to when in need of advice. I didn’t always agree with his decisions but I did like him, as well as all the daggers. However, I always liked the roses better.

And talking about them: The Rose Society. They were the bomb. I loved their relationships and how they could always be true with each other. There was no pretense there; they never faked their intentions or what they really meant. But above all, they supported each other unconditionally. They truly, honestly cared about each other. It wasn’t just talk, they proved it with actions and that felt so real to me. They stood together until the end, and I really appreciate it.

The first 2 books were great, but the last one was absolutely fantastic! I loved the ending, and although it was heartbreaking, it was also so beautiful that it almost made me cry. Also, bonus points for the reveal of the meaning behind the title, that was my favorite part. Overall, I really liked this trilogy. It has an amazing plot, great pacing, and some incredible characters. This story felt so original to me, and I’m sure it’ll stick with me for a long time.

Have you read this trilogy? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments, or hit me up on twitter.

Until next time,

juli

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