The Young Elites: Book summary and reviews of The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites

A Young Elites Novel

by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

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.

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"Starred Review. 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. Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Readers should prepare to be captivated—and to look forward to a continuation of the Young Elites series." - Booklist

"Nothing is as it is expected. This is good-versus-evil right on par with Marvel and the mutant X-men. The dystopian world leaves little hope for those that are different." - VOYA

"Starred Review. In a gorgeously constructed world that somewhat resembles Renaissance Italy but with its own pantheon, geography and fauna, the multiethnic and multisexual Young Elites offer a cinematically perfect ensemble of gorgeous-but-unusual illusionists, animal speakers, fire summoners and wind callers." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. Well written, fast paced without being confusing, and enjoyable enough for teens, reluctant readers, and even adults. Brimming with engaging battles—physical and emotional—and meticulous backdrops, Lu's new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike." - School Library Journal

"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

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Marie Lu Author Biography

Marie Lu was born in 1984, in China. She left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went to college at the University of Southern California.

Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend and Prodigy. 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 currently lives in Los Angeles (see above: traffic) with her fiancé, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

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