The Young Elites (Young Elites Series #1)

The Young Elites (Young Elites Series #1)

by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites (Young Elites Series #1) by Marie Lu

An explosive new series from New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, Marie Lu  
 
Darth Vader, Voldemort, Maleficent. Witness the rise of a new villain.

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.


Books in the series:

The Young Elites (The First Book of The Young Elites)
The Rose Society (The Second Book of The Young Elites)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399167836
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Young Elites Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 155,049
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the New York Times bestselling Legend series. 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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Praise for Marie Lu’s The Young Elites:

A New York Times bestseller!
Five starred reviews!
An Amazon Best Book of 2014 – Teen & Young Adult!

“By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible…There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lu pivots from the ‘coming of age via romance’ formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love… 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.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Readers should prepare to be captivated—and to look forward to a continuation of the Young Elites series.”—Booklist, starred review

“A must for fans of…totally immersive fantasies.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this 14th-century fantasy from Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy), in a world where ‘fear is power.’ … The overriding epic fantasy will keep readers hooked for book two, which teases to be a game-changer. Bring it on.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“The taut, tightly packed narrative provides an engaging mix of pulse-quickening fight scenes, heart-stopping near escapes, touching interpersonal interludes, and devastating betrayals.” —BCCB, starred review

“Lu weaves her magic across the page as she unfolds the story of Adelina and the Young Elites. Nothing is as it is expected.”—VOYA

“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… Lu’s new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike.”—School Library Journal

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The Young Elites 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into the story and I feel the first half was a bit on the slow side. I was expecting more of a fast-paced novel, given the nature of the synopsis, but I was given something more slow and detailed. At least in the first half, the second half took off like a rocket! Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn't what I expected so it took me a bit to be excited about this story. Adelina is an exceptional character and I liked her from the beginning. She lost her left eye, and her mother, due to the blood fever and her father is a cruel man attempting to find out what her power is and profit from it. Adelina doesn't start out a strong character and it takes a while for her to completely find her footing. I love her character development because you can see her slowly coming into not just her powers, but also becoming more herself. She changes from someone who was terrified of her father and becomes a force to be reckoned with. I know that sounds cliche, but that's really what happens. The other Daggers fear her. Not because she's evil and is out to get them, but because her power comes from fear and anger. Dangerous combinations for anybody, but more so when that person can kill you with merely an illusion. Teren is a great character, even if he's considered the villain of the story. He has a dark secret - secrets really - and is on a mission to rid Kenettra of malfettos. The thing I really like about Teren is that he's not a crazed villain out on a mission to destroy / take over the world. He believes he is doing good by ridding the world of these "demons." In his eyes, he's not the bad guy, he's the good guy. And in Enzo's eyes Teren is the bad guy, and the Daggers the good guys. I love stories where the good vs. bad isn't clear cut. Both sides have points and both sides aren't technically wrong. That's what I feel from Young Elites. Yes, killing the malfettos in cold blood isn't great and maybe there's some compromise to be met, but at the same time some of the malfettos are dangerous - see Adelina killing you with her mind - and unknown. While it did take me sometime to get into The Young Elites I am so glad I hung on and stuck it out. Lu's writing is excellent and perfectly detailed. We're not overwhelmed by facts - something I find can happen in first books a series - but gently entered into this world. The Young Elites is a great start to what I'm hoping will be an amazing series. I didn't read Lu's Legend series, but given the love I've seen for it I have high hopes for The Rose Society and Book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Stella1213 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After i read he legend series i loved it and couldnt wait for marie lu to write more books. This book was really good but the title is kinda lame, though im not sure what else yiu could call it. I am 11, and there were some things that werent appropriate for my age, but it is a teen book and i still read it because it was really good. Like, extremely good. Though not as good as legend. Cant wait for the sequel.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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.
Julie_BooksAndInsomnia More than 1 year ago
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!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
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!
melanielost More than 1 year ago
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.
Kyler_Tab More than 1 year ago
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.
Endlessjoys More than 1 year ago
I loved it! 
StevieH More than 1 year ago
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. 
LRBauer More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading an antagonist's origin story, and it is definitely an intriguing read. Lu does an excellent job of getting the reader to sympathize with Adelina and dislike her at the same time. If you like YA fantasy books with morally gray characters, you'll enjoy The Young Elites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a cheesy romance sucker. What made me fall in love at the first place was the thing between Enzo and Adelina. A book without a little spark of romance is same as a food without salt, ekekekekekek. But after reading Warcross I’d already prepared of what Marie Lu would do with those two characters. And the result was I was not prepared enough. My heart was broken into pieces. Full review is in my blog. Please visit this link: http://www.sanwajourneys.com/2018/01/08/book-review-young-elites-marie-lu/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!OMG THIS IS ONE OF the best BOOKS EVER !!!
LovelessDegrees More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! I actually had the entire Legend trilogy on my shelf for a few years but never got a chance to read them. Then I found out Marie was coming to my hometown for a book signing for this book and I was so excited that I bought it and got it signed by her. I devoured it in the weeks after the signing. The plot is so compelling and instantly drew me in and the characters are all so wonderful (even Adelina, who is super dark and angry). I could relate to everyone, even Adelina and her anger, and have now written an essay for VCFA about how I wish I had written this book. Marie writes pure gold, no doubt about it! Super stoked for books 2 and 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE marie lu's legend series but this book... i honeslty wasnt impressed.. it just draged on and on and the plot was just so RANDOM like... idk. It just wasnt the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the story "The Young Elites" by Marie Lu there is a young lady called Adelina Amouteru (malfetto) she has a little sister, Violetta and a Father. She has survived a blood fever from a decade ago the children who survived were left with strange markings. There is more than one Genre for this book like Drama, Action and Juvenile fiction. A other book is Legend by Marie Lu. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. Marie Lu's elements for the story "The young Elites" are self-explanatory in the book "The Young Elite's" my Review will justify the elements that were told in the book "The Young Elite's". My book 'The Young Elite's" could be compared to the book "Legend" by Mari Lu, it talks about a young lady in an Elite family in one wealthy district and she is fifteen years old and is one of the most wanted criminal. Mari Lu's book "The Young Elite's" rating is 3.5/5 Goodreads 4/5Common sense media4.3/5 Barnes & Noble. Education Value 2/5,positive Messages 4/5,positive role models 4/5, Violence 4/5, Sex 3/5, Language 1/5,Drinking, drugs, &smoking 2/5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In depth and 3 dimentional caracters, well thought-out plot and beautiful flowy writing makes this book an enjoyable read and leaves you itching for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Legend, Marie Lu's writing somehow improved when writing this book. Much darker than Legend. I couldn't put it down due to its enthralling details and action. Must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great way to start the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. Plot was good. Didnt like the main character so much shes so dark. The story also kinda dragged on alot it got kinda anoying. It was a nice effort. ~RachelBueman