The Young Elites [NOOK Book]


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 ...
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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 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 Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014

The year’s most talked-about teen book breaks your heart twice, first with the knife-edged beauty of its prose, then with a disorienting ending that will send you racing back to page one to read it all over again. Cadence is the granddaughter of a wealthy man with three beautiful, dysfunctional daughters, and something terribly wrong happened to her on the family island last summer. When she and her mother return to the island, she’s reunited with her fellow “liars,” two cousins and the family friend she’s always loved. As the weeks pass, punctuated by debilitating migraines and elliptical conversations with her family and the liars, Cadence fights to fill in the blank spaces in her memory, left over from a night when everything changed. See all of the Best Teen Books of 2014.

School Library Journal
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
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698171725
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 3,578
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Marie Lu

Marie Lu ( 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
• *

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.


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!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014


    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.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2015

    I absolutely love the main character of the book. Adelina is the

    I absolutely love the main character of the book. Adelina is the main character that you rarely encounter. The reason why she gets so dark and creepy was well illustrated that you could not help but empathize with her. I understood that if you grew up being abused, you will develop your shadow persona.
     The other characters are also layered in personality. I guess the premature deaths of some characters in the book is necessary. I could not wait for the next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Dont buy this lame book

    The main charachter (Adelina) is dumb and pathetic, seriously could you not try anddevelop her a little more???
    It is supposed to be a teens book but more than half of the book is in a brothel, jusy dumb and not age appropiate, i would expect it from an adult book but not a teenagers book
    I loved the legend books but this was a piece of crap,

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014


    Must read. Also read legeng by marie lu

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015


    I cant wait for the next book. I became sooooo invested while reading this that I couldn't even sleep till I finished the book. Marie Lu is one of my all time favorite authors. She always adds the right amount of action and romance that just pulls you in every book she writes.

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  • Posted January 12, 2015

    Marie Lu has really done something special in giving a voice to

    Marie Lu has really done something special in giving a voice to a heroine like Adelina Amouteru. A modern day Dracula, she is both fascinating and terrible. Trying to adapt to her extraordinary powers, Adelina teeters between wanting to love and wanting to destroy those around her. I can’t wait to see how her character develops in the next books! Hands down the most interesting and difficult heroine I’ve encountered in YA fiction.

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  • Posted January 11, 2015

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    I¿m a sucker for fantasy and ever since I read the description f

    I’m a sucker for fantasy and ever since I read the description for author Marie Lu’s The Young Elites I knew that I had, had, had to check it out. I’ve read the first two novels in the author’s Legend trilogy and was blown away by how awesome they were. That being said I had some pretty high expectations for The Young Elites and hoped with all of my heart that they would be met. I’m not surprised by saying that they were met a hundred percent.

    The Young Elites takes place in Kenettra, a world divided into the Sunlands, Sealands and the Skylands. When the Blood Fever hits Kenettra, Adelina Amouteru, her sister and her mother are stricken by the illness. It claims the life of their mother as well as Adelina’s eye, but both of the sisters survive. Now a Malfetto, Adelina is nothing more than a burden on her family and there are rumors that Malfettos like her have survived the Fever and gained powers beyond their wildest imagination. These people are known as the Young Elites and are being hunted by the Inquisition Axis. When Adelina murders her father with the assistance of her strange abilities, the Inquisition prepares to burn her at the stake.

    However the Young Elites save her life and take her to meet with the Dagger Society, a portion of the Young Elites that is dedicated to inducting people like Adelina into their ranks. There she meets the charming Raffaele and the Young Elite’s Malfetto leader and Prince of Kenettra, Enzo. But what once begins as an adventure meant to make Adelina a stronger version of herself and a weapon in every sense of the word turns into something else entirely. Her loyalties will be tested, loves will be put on the line, and inevitably nothing for Adelina will ever be the same.

    The Young Elites reminded me a lot of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. While the plots are totally different and the fantasy realms they’re set in are nothing alike, The Young Elites’ Adelina reminded me a lot of Bardugo’s Alina Starkov. And that isn’t just because their names include some of the same constants and vowels. Adelina is introduced to us as the daughter to an abusive father who has been forced to grow a hardened skin because of her Malfetto status. She can be sadistic, she can be a naturally good person, and above all she’s a special snowflake. Adelina and Alina share the same way of thinking but unlike Alina, Adelina embraces the fact that she’s a special snowflake. And I adored that in spite of some of the after effects it has on her character.

    Kenettra is a place that I totally want to live in and go to if it were ever possible. Author Marie Lu does an amazing job of describing this new world she’s built. I have a very clear, very vivid idea of exactly what Kenettra is supposed to look like. I’m a huge fan of world-building and love when an author can create an entire world and give it its own lore, beliefs, creatures and the like. Reading The Young Elites gives readers the opportunity to enter a world unlike any other and become completely immersed in it.

    Don’t even get me started on Enzo and Raffaele. It is seldom that a novel can describe a character alone and have me falling in love with them. No further actions necessary. (I can be pretty vain when it comes to characters). Lu’s descriptions of Enzo and Raffaele are golden. They’re both physically gorgeous but as the novel progresses we find out that one of these boys is a total sweetheart and needs to be protected at all costs (Raffaele) and the other is a badass who could probably rip you in half if he so desired (Enzo). I liked that there wasn’t a love triangle and thank goodness because I was getting that vibe at first, and that both boys didn’t have their priorities set solely on romance.

    Raffaele is a, for all intents and purposes, prostitute and Enzo is the big bad leader of the Young Elites. They’re close friends and Adelina’s presence doesn’t change that. Even when her romance with Enzo begins to bloom both characters motives don’t change. I’m thankful for getting to read a novel where love doesn’t suddenly warp everybody’s minds. I absolutely despise when characters are reduced to nothing all because of a little bit of love.

    With an ending that left me dying for more, I would recommend The Young Elites to any readers who want a novel that they will finish in one sitting. Any readers who want a novel that is action and fantasy and romance should also give this a read. And if knowing that I think this is one of the best novels released this year also piques your interest, then you should also give this a look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015


    Kept my interest from page 10 to the end. If you liked the legend series I highly recommend this book. It has a similar writing style as legend. It is the legend type of story but with xmen type of powers and tells the tale of how the main character becomes evil. Can't wait for book two!

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  • Posted December 25, 2014

    Think X-Men in a fantasy world living in a Renaissance era and y

    Think X-Men in a fantasy world living in a Renaissance era and you pretty much get The Young Elites. Only, this is so much darker. Marie Lu is right; The Young Elites is not a hero story. This is a story of a villain.

    Adelina Amouteru did not survive the blood fever that swept her entire nation unscathed. The plague that killed her mother also took Adelina's left eye and gave her markings that distinguished her as a malfetto. Not just an ordinary malfetto, though. A Young Elite, gifted with a supernatural power that feeds off the darkness inside and around Adelina. This same gift calls the attention of The Dagger Society, a group of Young Elites that uses their powers for a secret agenda. When her and her sister's life gets threatened, will Adelina be able to call on her powers to save them? Or will it just endanger herself and those around her?

    I dived into The Young Elites with high expectations because a lot of people have been saying great things about this book. I haven't read the Legend series so I had no idea how Marie Lu writes. Turns out she doesn't disappoint.

    Kick-ass characters. Exquisite world-building. Awesome powers. Great action. Only the romance fell short, in my opinion. But that's totally fine with me, because I picked up this book for its promise of fantasy, cool powers and epic battles. I got those and more! The Young Elites has a really good plot, dynamic and interesting characters, and a story you wouldn't want to miss.

    I liked everything about this book so I'm not going to enumerate the reasons why you should read The Young Elites. From beginning up to the last page, this book is perfection. And if it's even possible, it gets so much better because the epilogue promises more of Adelina Amouteru and the Young Elites. I will definitely be waiting for the next book! GO READ IT NOW!

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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 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 14, 2014


    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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