Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Posted July 6, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Young Elites
by Marie Lu

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: October 7th 2014
Series: The Young Elites #1
Narrator: Carla Corvo, Lannon Killea
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Pages: 355
Format: Audiobook
 

“THE YOUNG ELITES is definitely an original world with magic and psychic powers.  But I think it may have suffered a bit with first book syndrome, as I sit here a bit underwhelmed by it.”
~ Under the Covers

Ah the story of the Young Elites.  I’ve been wanting to read a Marie Lu book in years!  Every time I see a review, I see people raving about her.  The last time I was at BookCon everyone around me was raving about her.  So here I am.  Finally diving into one of her stories.  THE YOUNG ELITES is definitely an original world with magic and psychic powers.  But I think it may have suffered a bit with first book syndrome, as I sit here a bit underwhelmed by it.

The heroine, Adelina, survived the blood fever.  Not unscathed.  She’s now a malfetto, physically marked and discarded by most of society. Her father thinks the best way to handle her is to sell her to one of his clients, and upon overhearing this, Adelina sets in motion the events that will change her life forever.  She had never even known the strength of her powers until that day.  And it’s those same powers that bring her to The Young Elites.  A group of malfetto’s that are using their power to bring down current ruler.  Conspiracies abound, trust is at a premium, and powers are strengthening.

While I really enjoyed this concept, I found the pacing on this book was very slow.  At least the first half was so slow moving that I really hadn’t made a connection to any of the characters.  I enjoyed that the tone of this YA is a bit darker.  It explores slowly the hate and anger inside of Adelina that spurs her power to the surface.  Will it eventually consume her?  What I liked about Adelina was seeing her slowly blossom.  She’s lived a life of abuse at the hands of her father, and being rejected by most of society.  Her self worth is at its lowest point.  The Young Elites help her see her potential.  Even as it scares them.  Everyone is good, while everyone is bad.  And no one is as they fully seem.

But overall, I think I had such high expectations for this author and maybe the pacing of this book kind of fell a bit short of those for me.  Still, the story is different and I was even surprised by some of the events towards the end that I’m very interested to see where Adelina’s story goes next.

Favorite Quote:

“Everyone has darkness inside them, however hidden.”

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About Marie Lu

Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, as well as The Young Elites. 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 lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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Hope the pacing is better in the next book

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sounds good, love this writer too!

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Hmmm I’v been wanting to read this author for a long time as well… I may wait for your review of book 2 before starting this series

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*I’ve* …

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Thanks for the review.

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Katiria Rodriguez

Great review I absolutely love this book and I am now reading the rose society which I am loving as well, but I can totally understand how the first half of the book can start at a slow pace for some readers. Thank you for you great post