The Young Elites has been around for a while but for some reason I had it in my head that it was a dystopia and so I avoided it – by the way, it’s not. It’s not even set in our world.
The Young Elites
by Marie Lu
4 / 5 Stars
So let me give you a flash overview. It isn’t set in our world and it appears to be before any real ground breaking technology around electricity has actually happened. Ten or so years ago a disease spread across the world and left many dead and a few children with powers. These children are sometimes hunted and killed by their countries and in others they are revered (?). We follow a girl who is stuck under her abusive father, who finds her own powers and then escapes and joins a rebel group.
I think anyone who has read Marie Lu’s previous books, like Legend, will love this series. Her writing style is amazing and the pacing of the novel is great too – I didn’t get bored. Admittedly, Adelina our MC isn’t as much of a fighter as June in Legend was, but Adelina does really grow in to this strong character. She comes out of her shell after all the abuse from her father and we also see how much it still affects her.
The other Dagger’s in the rebel group have many interesting powers too and Marie Lu writes about them so well, it was very easy to visualise. I really grew to like Enzo’s friend Raffaele. I can’t really say too much about his character without giving anything away, but he was far more complex than the nice guy stereotype that the MC bonds with.
But Adelina really carried the book along. She isn’t the average protagonist, she makes a lot of mistakes (but in a believable human way, not oops it’s for the plot) and her actions aren’t always the most heroic.
So I really recommend this book if you like reading about kids with powers and a protagonist that’s a little different from normal!