About: The Young Elites is a fiction novel written by Marie Lu. It was published on 10/7/2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 355 pages. The genres are fantasy, young adult, dystopia, romance, and magic. The Young Elites is a series of 3 books: book 1 is called The Young Elites, book 2 is called The Rose Society, and book 3 is called The Midnight Star (currently on Edelweiss available for request). The author was a Flash Artist for Disney Interactive Studios before becoming a full-time writer.
My Experience: I started reading The Young Elites on 9/10/16 and finished it on 9/11/16. This book started out by grabbing my attention and keeping me wanting to know what happens next. As the story goes on and the repetitions of the father in every chapter, I find myself having to push forward rather than read on because I want to. I do enjoy other parts of the book, but the repetitions lose my interest. I understand the emotional abuse Adelina experienced at the hands of her father and how it’s causing her to become insane and even a psycho but I still feel irritated. The training drags and the story building drags as well. Andelina is the main character and she doesn’t come across as clever. When the enemy hunt for her and found her, she doesn’t deny who she is. I’m surprised that she doesn’t put up a fight right away. I could guess immediately what she will do because if she doesn’t, the story will end. It seems Enzo plays a big role in this book and yet his POV is not included. The plot in this book is good. Teren is well played and as well as the other Elites. I like the Epilogue and quotes starting of each chapter. I like how the title is weaved into the story. The love seems predetermined, it was not a surprise when it happened. Well, maybe not love but attraction?
Andelina’s response to an apology. I feel exactly this every time someone says sorry to me. It doesn’t change what happened one bit. I personally don’t like apology, the ones I received are a knee jerk reaction. Thank you Marie Lu for putting this sentence into the book. I will reply this sentence whenever someone say sorry to me 🙂
Sorry, always sorry. What in the world can you buy with an apology? p.285
Pro: elites power, quotes from the story instead of from some classic books, enemy’s POV, a big show of Andelina’s power
Con: bringing up about her father in every chapter is really annoying, the same way of pulling out her power is repetitive, Raffaele is good with clients, but why no actual scenes?
I rate it 4 stars!
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local public library and my opinions are honest.