Author: Maire Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publish Date: October 7, 2014
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, YA, Survival, Dystopian
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.
“It is pointless to believe what you see, if you only see what you believe.”
I’ll be honest I only read this book because when I was choosing my next audio book I saw that I didn’t have to wait for it so I decided to give it a shot. OH MY GOODNESS this book was so good. It pretty much had all that I love in different books all in one. It has supernatural elements, an intense love story, renaissance themes, and semi-normal names (the last one obviously the most important of them all). Okay on with the review:
The book center around three major characters: Enzo, Teren, and Adelina. The setting is on a fictional land that is ruled by a monarch. However this land is pretty much Renaissance Italy. Most of the names were Italians in nature, and the book go into great detail about the new art and humanities that are starting to emerge. Also fun fact, gondolas are the main mode of transportation. the fictional land of (okay I forget it), a deadly disease called the blood fever caused mass death. Every adult who caught the disease dies, no exceptions. However children, where different. Many children who survived the disease, were left with distinctive marks. Adelina’s black hair turned a bright silver, her eyelashes became bleached, and lastly had to have her left eye remove.
The marked children are called malfectoes. This term is thrown as an insult throughout the entire book, but I personally think this is such a cool made up word. (if anyone of you guys know if its a real word, please let me know) Adelina’s father abused her because of her malfectoes status, but worshiped her young sister Valencia you was not marked by the disease (a rare case). However one night, when Adelina had enough of her father’s abuse, she decided to run away. However her father find her and it almost looks like he going to kill her…when…..BOOM Adelina unleashes her special powers -allusions. Se tricks her father’s horse and it crushes her father to death, Adelina is framed for a murder she did not commit. Now remind you this only the first 5 chapters..so you should defiantly read this book.
Overall I enjoyed this book very much, so some parts I could have done without. There were a couple time when I stayed way later then I should have listening to this book. I was also nearly late to school when I couldn’t stop listening to the book in the car. The one major downer of this book though is that it’s a trilogy. (you know my opinions on them) I’m not sure when the next book comes out, but I really hope it is soon. I would love to hear your opinions on this book:
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