REVIEW + DISCUSSION: the young elites; marie lu

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genre: young adult, fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, magic

published: on october 8th, 2014 by g.p. putnam’s sons books for young readers

pages: 368

i read the: us hardcover edition

began: oct 9th; finished: oct 9th

where can i buy this? here, obviously! (;

the young elites is about a society where an illness, the blood fever, swept through the lands and left the people struggling. most the people affected (usually children) had either died or been left with strange markings. some of those who have survived are left with more than just the markings. they have mysterious and special powers. our main character, adelina, was infected as a child and has survived. this is her story. this is my version, but you can read the full (and official!) blurb here.

i had pretty high expectations for this book. legend, another series by marie lu, is one of the favorite books/series of all-time. it’s action packed and the characters are so solid and likeable and just plain awesome/badass. day and june (the main characters of legend) felt so real. even though that series is a dystopian, i still could see them. they were right there in front me running around or something.

throughout this entire book, i felt so confused. not because i didn’t understand their world or plot, but i couldn’t see where this book was going. adelina was so murky and slippery. i felt like her emotions were slipping all over the place; she would be furious and defiant one moments, then frightened and cowering the next. i feel like marie lu tried doing this on purpose because her emotions are a fairly big part of the plot, but it was just too much. it made her seem unpredictable and unrealistic. (she’s also super frustrating sometimes. ugh!)

the relationship building was also lacking in this book. when i first read the blurb, i thought this was going to be a love triangle. thank goodness this wasn’t. but instead, i felt like there was nearly no romance at all. there was some building at first, then it would go in other directions, then it would come back. because of that, it felt like, “i kinda like you, but i’m not sure. okay let’s make out.” there were a few strong relationships such as adelina and her father, as well as adelina and her sister. but all the new characters/people she meets feel very untrustworthy, therefore making this book less fun to read. also, adelina is a very sad person to read from.

in terms of plot and other shenanigans, this book is so good. there were a lot of surprising plot twists and fun stuff. your feelings should get ready for an extreme rollercoaster. it left me crying and numb. it was also nice how you mainly heard from adelina, but there were also other povs.

the young elites is definitely a lot darker (cold-blood murder! yay!) and talks about heavier topics, but you should read it nonetheless. it kind of reminded me of divergent and the night circus at some parts, but the story is very original and unexpected.

*spoiler-filled discussion and in-depth review beginning. please do not read unless you finished the book! enter with caution!!*

instead of my usual paragraphs, i’ll be reviewing and responding this part in gif-format. it honestly left me in a “aslkfdnjviopdlr;sd” form and i can’t put my thought to words.

oh the plot twists in this book! there were so many times i was left like


let’s list them all out, starting from the beginning: when her father caught up to her and she “killed” him with her silhouettes (technically the horse killed him), enzo was the prince?!I, teren comes and doesn’t kill her and instead forces her to be his spy?!, and probably every five seconds in the second half of the book. also, that ending?!

it started with violetta having powers and keren being able to heal himself. honestly,


and when enzo actually died, and she helped kill him


then raffaele made her leave the daggers, and said he always wanted her dead, i just


then at the very end when it’s revealed that the princess maeve is actually magiano and she could go to the underworld and bring enzo back


overall, i was just


ANYWAY, that’s the end of my gif reaction for the plot twists. i simply could not even throughout this book. let’s talk about adelina’s sick, horrible, sadistic father. when he first appeared and was going to send her off as an illegal mistress, i


then adelina went off to kill him and HELL YES, HE’S FINALLY GONE. but then he appeared to haunt her throughout the rest of the book with his stupid side comments and i was honestly like

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i understand that he made a huge impact on everything, but he just has to go. i hate his guts.

at first, i kind of liked keren. i thought he was going to be like june iparis in legend. (spoiler for legend: where she works for the government then defies them and saves the day. yay!) yeah well, that certainly didn’t happen. i probably hated him just as much as adelina’s father. the only reason why you want to kill the young elites is because you’re in love with the queen and you’re having affairs with her. he is so hypocritical. “i’m going to save you all by sending you to the underworld.” well, you should save yourself and go to the underworld too.

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okay, so that fight with spider. OHMYGOD i did not expect her powers to be that strong. it’s kind of insane, but i kind of liked it. her illusions are so cool. i never expected a power like that to be so frightening and well.. powerful. the concept with the strings and energies and emotions was also super epic. every single time she trained with enzo and and battled and improved, i was like


adelina is such an unstable character, so i really hope to see her become more sure of herself in the next books. she’s so infuriating sometimes though. like, WHY CAN’T YOU TELL THEM THE TRUTH. she was given so many opportunities but she always chickened out. WHY.


in a nutshell, this book was:




what did you think of this book? please share your thoughts below!



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2 thoughts on “REVIEW + DISCUSSION: the young elites; marie lu

  1. I haven’t read the whole review (since I haven’t read the book) but very good job explaining your expectations based on the series. I read Legend, but haven’t continued with the series for some reason. Maybe someday…


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