Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published Date: October 2014
Series: Yes. Book #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia
My Source: Library
Links: Goodreads
Review Also On: Amazon and Goodreads


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.

My Review

Reason for Reading: This book seems to be pretty popular, and everyone was waiting to read The Rose Society. I also heard Legend is supposed to be good, but I thought I’d start my Marie Lu reading with this one.


Out of all the characters, I liked Adelina, the main character and the animal whisperer the most. The animal whisperer was interesting and the hopeful character in the story. I mean she was the one who showed the most hope and positive energy. Makes sense if you’ve already read this book (if not, I’m sorry, I don’t want to spoil things for you.). I liked her ability, her personality, and that she showed how malfectos are treated depending on their class. That was a nice touch.

Adelina was a struggle for me. I liked her because she had so much ambition. She wanted something better for herself. She wanted independence and to not be manipulated by anyone. At the same time, the one person she doesn’t think was using her, I think that person used her most of all. And I was annoyed she was so secretive when she wanted people to trust her. It goes both ways with trust.


It was a roller-coaster of feelings for me, and not in a good way. I wanted to enjoy this, I really did. But there was a scene/revelation I was dreading and hoped it wouldn’t happen because it would be so cliche. And it did! Sadly, it made sense to have this element because of the way the author wrote certain characters. But because of this one detail, the book spiraled into a hole of ugggh for me.

While this isn’t new that I disagreed with a majority on a book, this is the first time I’ve written about one on this blog. I was really sad too because the hype for this book had me itching to read it. Unfortunately, I will not be continuing this series.

Rating: 2 / 5 STARS.  A struggle to read, but had some okay moments.

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