One thing you should probably know about me is that I have a slight obsession of wanting to pick up books that look brand new at the library. You know, those books whose covers aren’t falling apart and are free of dog-eared pages. I’ll read the back of the book of course but I can usually convince myself that the book is worth reading (I think I need help). The good thing about this weird obsession is that I end up reading up books that I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up and given a chance. The Young Elites is definitely one of those books.
What The Book Is About
The Young Elites is the first book of a fantasy-based series by Marie Lu and explores the impact of a blood fever that takes over much of the country. Some die of the fever, but the children that survive the fever are left with markings on their bodies that classify them as malfettos – basically the outcasts of the country. There are also some survivors that have been left with special powers which makes them elites. The main character, Adelina, discovers her powers and finds that she’s alone in a world where everyone seems to be her enemy. She comes across two characters, Enzo and Teren, both of whom are children of the blood fever but are essentially on opposite sides. Enzo is the leader of The Daggers a group of elites that want to overthrow Enzo’s sister so that Enzo can take his rightful place on the throne. Teren is the lead of the inquisitors (the army of royal family) who again has powers of his own but has decided to take part in the hunt of killing all malfettos and elites. In their constant struggle for power, Adelina finds herself caught in the middle and being used by both sides to the point where she’s not sure who she can trust.
Overall, I found the premise of the book interesting but just felt that the story took too long to develop and with a protagonist that I found annoying most of the time, perhaps this series may not be for me. I may just give Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy a shot and see if that’s better. From what I’ve read it’s a much easier read to get into and hooks you right away – definitely my kind of book!