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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

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...

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

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

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A blood fever cost Adelina Amouteru her left eye and made her a target of the Inquisition, but it also left her with magical powers. Now, still beautiful, she is a hunted woman, still wrestling with doubts about her own self-worth and fears about the men who have become her protectors. Set in an alternate medieval world, this first installment in a new series by Marie Lu features the strong characterization and political drama that made her Legend Trilogy so popular.

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/18/2014
In this series opener, Lu (the Legend trilogy) pivots from the “coming of age via romance” formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love. Adelina Amouteru, once-privileged daughter of a merchant, is irrevocably changed by the blood fever, an epidemic that wiped out infected adults and left most child survivors permanently scarred malfettos. A handful also underwent mutations that conferred strange, often lethal powers. All malfettos are persecuted, but these mutant Young Elites are special targets. Harrowingly, Adelina discovers that she is one. Rescued by a masked firebrand from certain death under the government’s Inquisition, she awakens in the custody of Raffaele, a male prostitute, and Enzo, malfetto aspirant to the throne. A beautiful woman surrounded by beautiful men, Adelina nevertheless is not defined by romance. Warped family bonds shape her consciousness and yearning for acceptance, and the men are out to get what they want from her. There’s nothing easy here, for Adelina or readers—there are no safe places where the pressures of betrayal, death threats, and rejection aren’t felt. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-08-27
A new series—fantasy, this time—from the author of the best-selling Legend dystopia. Twelve years ago, the blood fever raged through Kenettra, killing all infected adults and leaving the surviving children marked with scars, patterned skin and unnaturally colored hair. Malfetto, the survivors are called, and everyone knows they are terrible luck. A few malfettos are rumored to have great and mystical powers, and these Young Elites are sought by the Inquisition even while the common people secretly cheer on their defiance against a cruel and ineffectual king. Adelina is a 16-year-old malfetto, tormented by her abusive father until her own Young Elite power reveals itself. Both the Inquisition and the Young Elites want to use her, but Adelina wants only to protect herself and her beloved sister. She's no heroic savior; Adelina's Young Elite strength is honed by a decade of abuse and torment that's turned her into a force motivated foremost by rage and terror. Shifting points of view reveal the forces that treat Adelina as a pawn in a game much larger than she can understand, driving her to an extremely unusual lead-in for Volume 2. In a gorgeously constructed world that somewhat resembles Renaissance Italy but with its own pantheon, geography and fauna, the multiethnic and multisexual Young Elites offer a cinematically perfect ensemble of gorgeous-but-unusual illusionists, animal speakers, fire summoners and wind callers. A must for fans of Kristin Cashore's Fire (2009) and other totally immersive fantasies. (Fantasy. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—A rollicking series opener from the author of the "Legend" series (Putnam). Imagine surviving a plague of fever, only to be marked as an abomination by your countrymen. Most survivors of the sickness that vanquished thousands in this alternative medieval world possess a strange and unique marking, whether it be a facial coloring, oddly tinged hair, or, in Adelina's case, a missing eye. Called malfettos, some are endowed with magical gifts that enable them to control wind, fire, earth, and even humans. All Adelina has ever wanted is to feel accepted and loved, but she's ignored by her father, and her sister doesn't have the power to save her. When the teen escapes an unwanted proposal, she unwittingly becomes a member of the Dagger Society, an Elite group of malfettos bent on using their supernatural abilities to escape the Inquisition's genocide and place their leader, Enzo, on the throne of Kenettra. Adelina struggles with an increasing distrust of Enzo, her fellow Elites, and herself, all while learning how to control her powers of illusion and disillusion. Lu seamlessly melds an unforgettable and intoxicating historical fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist that grapples with an issue experienced by all young adults—acceptance of one's self. Well written, fast paced without being confusing, and enjoyable enough for teens, reluctant readers, and even adults. Brimming with engaging battles—physical and emotional—and meticulous backdrops, Lu's new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Atascocita Middle School, Humble, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399167836
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: A Young Elites Novel Series , #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 145
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Lu

Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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13 Juno, 1361
City of Dalia
Southern Kenettra
The Sealands
 
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Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows.
Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake.
Some worship us, think us children of the gods.
But all know us.
Unknown source on the Young Elites
 
 
Adelina Amouteru  
I’m going to die tomorrow morning.

That’s what the Inquisitors tell me, anyway, when they visit my cell. I’ve been in here for weeks—I know this only because I’ve been counting the number of times my meals come.

One day. Two days.

Four days. A week.

Two weeks.

Three.

I stopped counting after that. The hours run together, an endless train of nothingness, filled with different slants of light and the shiver of cold, wet stone, the pieces of my sanity, the disjointed whispers of my thoughts.

But tomorrow, my time ends. They’re going to burn me at the stake in the central market square, for all to see. The Inquisitors tell me a crowd has already begun to gather outside.

I sit straight, the way I was always taught. My shoulders don’t touch the wall. It takes me a while to realize that I’m rocking back and forth, perhaps to stay sane, perhaps just to keep warm. I hum an old lullaby too, one my mother used to sing to me when I was very little. I do my best to imitate her voice, a sweet and delicate sound, but my notes come out cracked and hoarse, nothing like what I remember. I stop trying.

It’s so damp down here. Water trickles from above my door and has painted a groove into the stone wall, discolored green and black with grime. My hair is matted, and my nails are caked with blood and dirt. I want to scrub them clean. Is it strange that all I can think about on my last day is how filthy I am? If my little sister were here, she’d murmur something reassuring and soak my hands in warm water.

I can’t stop wondering if she’s okay. She hasn’t come to see me.

I lower my head into my hands. How did I end up like this?

But I know how, of course. It’s because I’m a murderer.

• * *
  It happened several weeks earlier, on a stormy night at my father’s villa. I couldn’t sleep. Rain fell and lightning reflected off the window of my bedchamber. But even the storm couldn’t drown out the conversation from downstairs. My father and his guest were talking about me, of course. My father’s late-night conversations were always about me.

I was the talk of my family’s eastern Dalia district. Adelina Amouteru? they all said. Oh, she’s one of those who survived the fever a decade ago. Poor thing. Her father will have a hard time marrying her off.

No one meant because I wasn’t beautiful. I’m not being arrogant, only honest. My nursemaid once told me that any man who’d ever laid eyes on my late mother was now waiting curiously to see how her two daughters would blossom into women. My younger sister, Violetta, was only fourteen and already the budding image of perfection. Unlike me, Violetta had inherited our mother’s rosy temperament and innocent charm. She’d kiss my cheeks and laugh and twirl and dream. When we were very small, we’d sit together in the garden and she would braid periwinkles into my hair. I would sing to her. She would make up games.

We loved each other, once.

My father would bring Violetta jewels and watch her clap her hands in delight as he strung them around her neck. He would buy her exquisite dresses that arrived in port from the farthest ends of the world. He would tell her stories and kiss her good night. He would remind her how beautiful she was, how far she would raise our family’s standing with a good marriage, how she could attract princes and kings if she desired. Violetta already had a line of suitors eager to secure her hand, and my father would tell each of them to be patient, that they could not marry her until she turned seventeen. What a caring father, everyone thought.

Of course, Violetta didn’t escape all of my father’s cruelty.

He purposely bought her dresses that were tight and painful. He enjoyed seeing her feet bleed from the hard, jeweled shoes he encouraged her to wear.
Still. He loved her, in his own way. It’s different, you see, because she was his investment.

I was another story. Unlike my sister, blessed with shining black hair to complement her dark eyes and rich olive skin, I am flawed. And by flawed, I mean this: When I was four years old, the blood fever reached its peak and everyone in Kenettra barred their homes in a state of panic. No use. My mother, sister, and I all came down with the fever. You could always tell who was infected—strange, mottled patterns showed up on our skin, our hair and lashes flitted from one color to another, and pink, blood-tinged tears ran from our eyes. I still remember the smell of sickness in our house, the burn of brandy on my lips. My left eye became so swollen that a doctor had to remove it. He did it with a red-hot knife and a pair of burning tongs.

So, yes. You could say I am flawed.

Marked. A malfetto.

While my sister emerged from the fever unscathed, I now have only a scar where my left eye used to be. While my sister’s hair remained a glossy black, the strands of my hair and lashes turned a strange, ever-shifting silver, so that in the sunlight they look close to white, like a winter moon, and in the dark they change to a deep gray, shimmering silk spun from metal.

At least I fared better than Mother did. Mother, like every infected adult, died. I remember crying in her empty bedchamber each night, wishing the fever had taken Father instead.

My father and his mysterious guest were still talking downstairs. My curiosity got the best of me and I swung my legs over the side of my bed, crept toward my chamber door on light feet, and opened it a crack. Dim candlelight illuminated the hall outside. Below, my father sat across from a tall, broad-shouldered man with graying hair at his temples, his hair tied back at the nape of his neck in a short, customary tail, the velvet of his coat shining black and orange in the light. My father’s coat was velvet too, but the material was worn thin. Before the blood fever crippled our country, his clothes would have been as luxurious as his guest’s. But now? It’s hard to keep good trade relations when you have a malfetto daughter tainting your family’s name.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    5 Stunning Stars... I can't even begin to express my love for


    5 Stunning Stars...

    I can't even begin to express my love for THE YOUNG ELITES! Seriously, there is no words to put on my feelings for this book!! The only thing I can think that comes even close to putting my feels into words is that it was a dark spellbinding, adventure, that will have you on your toes, holding your breath, and screaming for more!! And those words really does no Justice for THE YOUNG ELITES!! It was just amazing!! I mean it blew me away!!!

    I was actually amazed at the dark turn Marie Lu took in THE YOUNG ELITES. I'm use to her, mild writing, with life compactions, and yes, war and death, but what Marie Lu brought to the table in THE YOUNG ELITES goes far and beyond anything she's ever written, and I LOVED IT!!!

    THE PLOT...

    In a world full of darkness and destruction, a virus known as the blood fever has brought a county to it's knees. Throughout a decade, the blood fever has swept through in waves, leaving no city untouched by it's deadly wrath. The blood fever has killed thousands, leaving others scarred and marked for life. The ones that came out scarred and marked were known as the malfetto's. But there were others that bore the scars and marks, and they were either blessed or cursed depending on how you looked upon it. They came out with unique powers, powers that were not of their world, and with a power and control that could either save them, or doom them all. And they were known as The Young Elites... The Young Elites were feared by the royal family, and thus ruled unfit for this world, and ultimately, they were hunted and killed if ever revealed and seized!

    ~ Adelina Amouteru is one of the survivors of the blood fever that swept through her country when she was young. She survived, but barely, and didn't come out unmarked. She has a jagged scar over the left side of her face, and lost her left eye from the disease. She is considered a malfetto that was left scarred, but with no special powers. She is shunned and treated with disrespect by those around her, especially by her father, who now owns damaged goods, her!

    Her father is determined to make some use out of her one way or another. For she is unworthy scarred and marked. So he persistently reaches for a darkness deep within her, twisting and nurturing it, allowing it to manifest inside of her, hoping to push her to the breaking point and release some unrevealed power. Adelina, twisted from being used and abused, she has a hatred that runs deep, a darkness within that is eager to unleash the wrath, and wreck havoc on all opposing sides.

    Adelina unwillingly unleashes a darkness within that she did not know existed. A power so strong it can bring a man to his knees. The power of Illusion is what she possess, and that is when she is revealed no more as a malfetto, but as a Young Elite. And now she will be hunted, captured, and burned at the stake like all other unruly malfetto's and Elites. But when her world collides with other Elites all set on a common goal and eager to recruit her, she decides with nothing or no one else to turn too, she recruits into the Dagger Society. Their goal is simple: Bring The Young Elites out of hiding and dethrone the king and queen that has killed and tortured so many, and create a new world for them all. But of course that is easier said then done, especially with the Inquisition Axis's hunting and killing them off little by little.

    ~ Enzo Valenciano was deprived of his birthright when he was marked by the blood fever, possessing elite powers that are not of their world. He fills his days fighting for the malfetto and Elites. He wants equality for the marked and unmarked. To claim his birthright he was given at birth. To take control of Kenettran and rain hell on their tortures and dethrone the queen and king. To end the suffering that the marked and malfetto's have endured at the hands of the royals and Inquisition Axis's. He wants a change, and he is the only one who can bring it, and bring it he will, or die trying!

    ~ Teren Santoro is the leader of Inquisition Axis, and the queens right hand man. He will do anything for his precious queen, he will turn away from his people to appease her, he will kill and torture if it pleases her, he will hunt the earth for the very last Elite and rid them of their wretch life if it satisfies her. He will, and he has, and he is not done yet, he is only beginning!!

    All three of these lives will collide and wreck havoc on the world. They will either be the downfall of their world, or bring peace and lightness to the darkness they call earth. But not all of them want the same thing, and their are some who are willing to do the unthinkable to get what they want. The battle between marked and unmarked has begun....

    THE YOUNG ELITES is one of the best books I've read this year!!! I know I'm being repetitive, but I just loved this book!! Every single thing about it!! The characters were rigid and complex, with layers and layers of depth and personality that just won me over from the beginning to end!! I loved all the characters, especially the main ones, Adelina, Enzo, and Teren! They were just so interesting with their dark powers that was fascinating and devastating at the same time!!

    I was never bored with this book. Even the slow parts like the beginning wasn't enough to make me want to put this book down. I thought it was paced just right, with enough of everything to give it the balance it needed!!

    Overall, THE YOUNG ELITES is a MUST READ for any supernatural/dystopian fan out there. If you want a book that will WOW the pants off of you, THE YOUNG ELITES is it!! It will not disappoint and leave you yearning for more!!

    NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Putnam Books (Penguin Books) for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Read

    Must read. Also read legeng by marie lu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    Simply amazing

    As an ispiring book critic, I normally write long detaiked reviews. This book has ulleft me speechless with no adequate way to describe the drama, suspesd, and perfection if this addictive novel. I was hooked from the very start and am sitting on egg shells for the next book in the series. SPOILER ALERT STOP HERE IF YOU HAVENT READ IT OR FINISHED IT
    Hopefully Enzo will returns as thatcwas beyond heartbreaking

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    No matter the opinion, everyone knew their names. The Reaper. Th

    No matter the opinion, everyone knew their names. The Reaper. The Magiano. The Windwalker. The Alchemist.




    The Young Elites.




    I didn’t really expect this novel to be such a good one. Perhaps I should’ve seen it coming because well, Marie Lu?! I didn’t expect that this would surpass the Legend trilogy but it did. Sorry June and Day, but I’ve got a new favorite.




    The first parts reminded me of Shatter Me and Graceling.  It was similar in ways but still completely different as a whole.




    Adelina Amouteru isn’t your typical heroine. She isn’t flawlessly beautiful, she isn’t exceptionally good. She’s scarred. She’s dark. And I completely loved her. It was exciting to see the main character imperfect. She’s the first heroine I’ve encountered with so much darkness in her and yet, we understand her character and we embrace her.  I’ve read so many cliché characters and Adelina broke away from the norm.




    It intrigued me to guess who would be the lead male character. The pace was exactly right and the story was perfectly unexpected. You couldn’t guess who would be her love interest, her friend or foe. As contrast to the Legend trilogy, this is a historical fantasy series but the thrill, nerve-wracking feels are still there. I’m not easily encouraged to read novels without much romance but there are exceptions to my rule. TYE is one of them. I loved it even though it only has sprinkled of romance in it.




    Enzo. Teren. Rafaelle. Violetta. And many other remarkable supporting characters that will play a significant role to make or break Adelina’s future.  








    The Young Elites is full of adventure, risks, heartache and amidst all that is hope.  Marie Lu, you’ve got to know that you outdid yourself. From Legend to The Young Elites, Marie Lu brought up the A game once again.

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  • Posted November 13, 2014

    When I first picked this one up, I had no idea this book would b

    When I first picked this one up, I had no idea this book would blow me away the way it did! I was immediately pulled in and I loved the setting in this one! Lu has done a brilliant job of writing fantasy and creating memorable characters and storylines.

    I loved the characterization in this one. Adelina has this darkness and anger to her that is absolutely bone chilling. I can't even consider her the heroine of the story. She's more of an anti-heroine. She has been verbally and physically abused by her father for all her life, never knowing true affection like her sister. Having survived the blood plague, she has now been marked as a malfetto. Some malfettos have gained special powers from the plague, and they call themselves the Young Elites. They have formed a society in which they seek out others like them and work to restore the true prince to the throne. The loneliness that Adelina feels is just heartwrenching. Lu does a great job of showing us her layers and we get to see her vulnerability as much as her toughness.

    The book alternates between three primary POV's: Adelina's, Enzo's, and Teren's. Multi-POV's can be tricky, but I felt Lu handled them really well. We are mostly with Adelina, as Enzo and Teren's chapters are quite short. I liked getting into their minds though, especially since Teren is viewed as the enemy! There is a lot of action and adventure in this one and a hint of romance too. I had some issues with the romance, as I could never tell if it was genuine or not because of the role someone else played in the past. I want to believe real feelings were involved, as I think Adelina just once needs to feel loved and wanted.

    That ending though! OMG. I just.... I was left with my mouth hanging wide open in shock. I did NOT see Lu going in that direction and I'm STILL stunned. This was not at all a predictable read and I am so thankful for that. Not everyone is who they seem to be and the twists and turns are endless! I highly recommend this book to fantasy fans out there. The epilogue does a great job of setting up the next book in the series and I cannot wait to find out where Lu takes Adelina and the others!

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Loved it!

    This book was amazing since the first page, I was afraid to end it because I know I have to wait God knows how long for a sequel. This book is the journey of a villain trying to know herself and her power, trying to redeem herself but failing at it and accepting her true nature. I could get into the character very easy and understand Adelina. It felt like when life hits you and hits you and you have no choice but to be bad because you are full of hate. It's something I never read before specially for a Young Adult book. It shows the dark side of ourselves that we never dare to talk about. I loved this book so much and it broke my heart at the edge of my tears flooding my eyes.

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

    This book was fantastic! The main character (Adelina) was easy t

    This book was fantastic! The main character (Adelina) was easy to relate to and understand. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

    I loved it! 

    I loved it! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Great Read!

    Once again Marie Lu doesn't disappoint. Loved her Legend series and feel I will love this series as it unfolds as well! Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Uhhh...

    I had high expectations going into this book because I loved the Legend series. Sadly, I was very disappointed. I actually stopped reading after a little over 100 pages.

    First of all, the charaters are very hard to connect to. The main character is creepy and dark, and I couldn't sympathize for her at all. She was just a weird character that made me feel uncomfortable.

    Secondly, I really didn't like how prostitition was such a big part of the story. I mean, seriously, if it were an adult book, I could understand why it was included, but I don't think it was necessary to put it into teenage literature.

    Overall, the book just left a sour taste in my mouth. I recommend the Legend series, but not the Young Elites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    fffffffffuuuuuu

    Fu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

    Ummmm......

    I read and loved the Legend books, but this one looks to be a little iffy. Could someone tell me if there's intimate stuf in it? Like, bedroom content?

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    I give this book more of a 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed it. It's

    I give this book more of a 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed it. It's essentially the origin story of a villain and I'm excited to see where it goes. Adelina is such an interesting and unstable character that gives the story an extra kick. I thought the world was gorgeous, at least the way it was described and from how I pictured it. Only problem I had was I didn't feel like I knew Enzo or Raffaelle that much. I found myself not really caring what happened to them and I couldn't connect with how Adelina felt about them. Other than that, I would highly recommend it. I also loved the epilogue. 

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  • Posted December 16, 2014

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    I first discovered Ms. Marie Lu with her capturing Legend trilog

    I first discovered Ms. Marie Lu with her capturing Legend trilogy. From there, I found her to be one of my top list authors.
    When I heard she was writing another series, I thought for sure I needed to get my hands on this book. Would it compare to her previous
    books? Would I swoon over them? Let me just say that the admiration I have for her is still there.

    The Young Elites was such a captivating novel that pulled me every such way and allowed my emotions to run free. From the beginning
     to end, this book was all that I could think about. I wanted to live, eat, and breathe this book. And as weird as it sounds, I finished it in two
     days. Amazing right! But I guess that is what happens when you stumble on such a book that proves to be so worth to spend every
    second reading.

    The plot was solid, the story line was solid, and everything was solid for me. I felt in a way I was reading a book about the Black Plague
    in a sense even though it was called “Blood Fever.” Every chapter proved to make me curious as to what could possibly happen next.
    Marie Lu continues with the multiple perspectives and this I feel works for her. I know that there are other authors who can pull it off and
    I commend everyone that attempts this. It is hard to do but I feel that it gives the story so much more as well as the reader.
    The story follows three characters: Adelina, Teren, and Enzo. Adelina and Enzo are just characters I love, while Teren can go burn in
    hell. Read the story and you will understand. Adelina has a big responsibility in front of her as well as a power that most people do not
    know if they can trust or fear it. She grows so much in this book but I feel that there is something lingering inside of her that we have not
     seen but I feel that by the end Marie Lu will show us her true colors. Enzo, oh my goodness. I want to hug him but slap him as well. But
    a good slap. I know weird. However, he, just Adelina, is hiding something and the relationship he has with Adelina is something I am
    iffy on. Teren, well he does not know where he is right now but I feel that he reminds me a little about Hitler in the sense of hating people
     even though he is just like them. I know another weird comparison but I feel that once you read it, you might understand my weird logic.

    Going to the emotions, oh my goodness, this book made me cry. However, I was looking for a book to wrench my heart out of my chest
     and this one succeeded. I need the second book now because I feel that there is something that will fix my heart but you never know.

    Marie Lu is such a talented author who has changed my reading life. I am looking forward to the next book in this marvelous series
    and I ask that all readers check this book out. A brilliant masterpiece, Marie Lu has soared to the top as an elite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    OMG BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!!! Many people say this book sucks

    OMG BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!!! Many people say this book sucks.............. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Besy book in the world. Marie Lu did a great job on writing this! SPOILER DO NOT READ THIS PART UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY READ THE WHOLE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope she Brings Enzo back....

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  • Posted December 7, 2014

    As I first started reading ¿The Young Elites¿ by Marie Lu, I did

    As I first started reading “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu, I didn’t even want to pick up the book; but as I continued reading it I couldn’t put it down. If you are a fan of books with supernatural powers, like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, then this is the book for you. “The Young Elites” is filled with action with many twists and turns along the way. You never know what will happen next. Because of the constant action and surprises, The Young Elites is a book that you will have a hard time putting down.
    About a decade ago the blood fever swept through the country of Kenettra. This fever hurt many people and left them with markings or scars. Those with scars were classified as “malfattos”. Malfattos were looked down upon and were considered worthless. The Young Elites are malfattos, except they have special powers. The Young Elites are a group that battle against the government so that malfattos will be treated equally. The newest member to the Young Elites is Adelina Amouteru who has the power to be the strongest of them all. She possesses a darkness and fury in her heart and will hurt anyone who goes against her. However the government fights back against the Young Elites with a group of their own, the Inquisition. The Inquisition is led by a man named Teren Santoro, who in the end holds the deepest and darkest secret of them all.
    There is tons of violent action between the Elites and the Inquisition which makes this book a must read. It has you on the edge of your seat the whole way. There are many times when you question people’s loyalty and you have no idea who is being sincere. “The Young Elites” contains constant action and there never seems to be a dull moment in this book. It was an amazing start to this trilogy. The Young Elites is a phenomenal book that everyone should read.

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  • Posted December 7, 2014

    I read Legend when it first came out, but after the wait, I forg

    I read Legend when it first came out, but after the wait, I forgot about it and didn't read the rest of the trilogy.  A friend recommended The Young Elites, and I thought that there was nothing to lose in reading it.  I'd liked Legend well enough.  This book not only left me hanging, but it also motivated me to reread Legend and the other two books in the trilogy.  I really liked the idea of the imperfect heroine and her sister, who has more to her than it seems.  This is definitely not your typical YA plot line, and anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games or Shatter Me will embrace Marie Lu's refreshing plot twists.  Five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Incredible...

    This book had me speechless. If your contemplating about wether you should get this book or not.. YOU HAVE T0 GET IT RIGHT AWAY!! TRUST ME!! This book can't evan go a chapter without adventure!! And leaving you breathless. *BUT BEWARE* of the ending.

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  • Posted November 30, 2014

    This is one of my favorite books. It is a MUST READ. If you love

    This is one of my favorite books. It is a MUST READ. If you loved legend you'll love this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    I cannot begin to describe my love for this book. All I can say

    I cannot begin to describe my love for this book. All I can say is that this book should not only have 5 stars. It should have about 20 stars!
    This book is beyond exceptional. I could not put it down. Between my high school classes, I would take at least a minute of my time to read over at least one page in this book. It had me on my toes constantly and I left a deep connection with each character within this book/
    Amazing! Marie Lu has never once disappointed me at all. The Legend Series is my absolute favorite series and now, she begins to write another series that will keep me going. She never disappoints. I love her. 
    5 Stars (deserving much more) to The Young Elites. 

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