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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina and Violetta have the strong bond of sisterhood, but their lives couldn't be any different. After being struck down by the blood fever, Adelina was became a malfetto, having the marks associated with them. And because of those, she is treated differently not only by her father, but everyone else as well. While Violetta escaped being marked, Adelina's father knew the only thing he could do with his ugly marked daughter was to sell her either for the powers some malfettos were known for, or sell her to get rid of her.
And the night he decided upon her price changed Adelina's life...
Now, Adelina is on her own being hunted by the Inquisitors. Not only is she a malfetto, she is also an Elite, someone known for their unique abilities acquired during the blood sickness. Now in the hands of Teren, the Grand Inquisitor, Adelina looks across the crowd trying to find her sister so it will be the last thing she sees before she dies. But at that moment, she is rescued by a band of malfettos known as The Daggers, where their goal is to create dissension against the crown.
Waking up in a strange place, Adelina learns more about The Daggers and the dangerous games they play for power. Enzo, with his ability to release flame and fire, is the leader of The Young Elites. Other members include Raffaele, Michel, Gemma, Lucent and Dante, all with their own unique abilities. Together they are strong. With Adelina, they are powerful.
Little does she know her own abilities could also be her undoing...
Marie Lu takes on the fantasy genre in a sweeping novel set in distant lands like Tamoura, the island of Kennetra and the faraway land of Beldain. The conflict takes center stage, where good vs. evil is hidden and obscure as well as what the true definition of justice is. The characters sweep back and forth against these tides and takes the reader down paths they don't expect. At one point, I was taken by surprise by what Lu does with the storyline. The characters are vibrant not only with what they can do, but also through their personality. This is quite unlike her other dystopian novels (Legend series) and deserves a platform on its own, where the reader, like me, cannot wait for the sequel. The epilogue will blow your mind...
Highly recommended for upper JH/HS