A YA book: The Young Elites by Marie Lou


A few weeks ago, I found myself in the bookshop looking for a new book to read. I was in the Young Adults section and all I saw were books I’ve already read. But I really wanted something YA, so I stayed maybe an hour, looking at every book hoping to find something interesting.

When I was almost sure that I wasn’t going to find anything good and I was ready to give up, my attention was caught by a book which looked quite simple regarding the cover, but the author made me think it was something nice. It was “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu.

Marie Lu is an author of Young Adults books and the writer of one of my favourite trilogies – Legend (which I believe was her first trilogy, but I don’t know that for sure). I loved those YA books because they were fast paced, full of action and the characters had a development and also they were quite likeable.

Surprise, surprise, “The Young Elites” had the same traits that made me like “Legend”.

Let me tell you something about the story. It is a darker subject, though. The world the characters live in was plagued by a deadly illness about 15 years before the moment of the action. All the people affected by the ‘blood fever’ died or, if they were lucky to survive, then they were left with strange markings and they were called ‘malfettos’. Moreover, in their nation, people believed that malfettos weren’t only differently physical, but they also possessed different powerful gifts. Not all of them, of course.

Adelina Amouteru is a teenager girl who survived the blood fever, but she paid a great price. She had lost her left eye and her hair turned from black to silver. As you probably believe, and you are right, Adelina, the heroine, is no normal girl. She, as a malfetto, is hated by her father and pales in comparison to her beautiful sister and one night everything changes for her when she accidentally unleashes her powers.

In their society there is a group of vigilantes called the Young Elites. They are a group of malfettos with special powers who fight against the Inquisition Axis, which is something like a government, I believe. This Inquisition Axis wants to kill all the malfettos and this group, known as the Young Elites, try to stop this discrimination.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society, a sect of the Young Elites, which has the purpose to find malfettos with powers before the Inquisition can.

On the other side, Teren Santoro works for the king and he is the leader of the Inquisition Axis and he wants to find and destroy the Young Elites.

As you would expect, Adelina’s, Enzo’s and Teren’s lives collide in unexpected ways as each of them fights their personal battle.

I really loved the book because you can rarely find one in which the heroine isn’t perfect. That is probably why I liked Adelina – she is flawed on the outside and even in the inside she isn’t perfect. I also liked her because she was powerful in many ways. Thanks to this she was a very likeable character and people could relate to her. The other characters were nicely created as well and I really loved Enzo and his ability.

I would recommend “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu to anyone who likes Young Adult books, who wants to read a book with powerful and imperfect characters and who seeks a darker story with fast paced action.

Oh, and this book is part of a trilogy called “The Young Elites” and the second volume is going to appear in this fall I think.