The Young Elites

The Young Elites

Book - 2014
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"Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities"--
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399167836
Branch Call Number: YAF LU, MARIE
Characteristics: 355 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Oct 26, 2020

Well written and an unusual plot with an unexpected twist near the end.

Jul 20, 2020

Adelina is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. There weren’t many survivors and those who survived were left with mysterious markings. The fever’s survivors are rumored to have powerful gifts and have become known as the Young Elites.

This novel is the first of a moving series which is just the book for someone who wants a good read.

“Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows.
Some fear us, think demons to burn at the stake,
Some worship us, think us children of the gods.
But all know us.”

After the deadly Blood Fever ravaged their world, some bear the scars of the illness in more ways than one. Many survivors develop powers beyond imagining, and now they are hunted by the Inquisition, seen as an abomination. They call themselves the Young Elites.
Adelina is one such Elite, cast out by her family for her changed features and rumored powers. Taken in by Enzo and the Dagger Society—a secret organization that gives sanctuary to the Blood Fever survivors, her powers develop in secret. But the Inquisition is on the hunt, and they will stop at nothing to destroy every Young Elite in their path.

With lush world-building and a complex cast of characters, Marie Lu delivers a truly masterful beginning to a science-fantasy series like no other. Equal parts X-Men and Renaissance Europe, “The Young Elites” is a memorable tale of antiheroes, individuality, and vengeance that will leave a lasting impression on fans of both fantasy, dystopia, and science fiction.

Jun 08, 2020

I loved reading this book! It was really good, and I totally recommend it.

Jan 17, 2020

This book is one of my favorites. The writing and plot and characters were phenomenal and I defiantly recommend it. I am very excited to read the sequals.

May 19, 2019

Definitely a great read. Adelina was one of the most memorable characters you will ever meet, and her darker side definitely left me cheering her on throughout, and the rest of the cast had also fit in very well with her character. Although the ending was a little bit sad, it was a strong ending, leaving me anxiously waiting to read the sequel. Overall, I give this book a 9/10 and a "Would Strongly Recommend Reading."

Nov 12, 2018

Decent read. Probably suffered from the fact that I have been heavily sleep deprived lately. Interesting concept - though I found the Epilogue more intriguing than most of the book. So, maybe the sequels will be more interesting.

The author's note at the end indicates that Lu intended to write a villain's story rather than a hero's story in this book. I can't say that I found Adelina all that villainous. Most of the 'bad' things she did were in response to blackmail or by accident. The romance with Enzo wasn't thoroughly enough developed for me to get invested in it. The more interesting relationships by far were with her sister and with Rafaelle.

I will read the rest of the series because it has potential. As noted earlier, I'm interested in the characters introduced in the Epilogue and I'm actually quite interested in Violetta (the sister) and what happens to this world as a whole.

Good but not great.

Aug 02, 2018

A really good book if you like darker stories.

Jul 09, 2018

this was a very good book my sister recomanded it to me. At first i didn't want to read this book but she told me to read the first 2 pages and that what got me to read this book. i don't relay read books but this book made me read this book. The beginning was my favorite part of the of the story when the girls try to run off. and her dad goes hunting for her. the interesting part was when she kills her dad., I recomande this book to everyone who likes to read action books.

Jul 09, 2018

It was a really goo book and the first pages was what made me want to read the beginning was about how she was put in a jail and also about her past and about her father and why she killed him and that really pulled me in and into waning to read that book

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Jan 04, 2019

“Embellish your flaws. They will turn into your assets.”

Jan 04, 2019

“Everyone has darkness inside them, however hidden.”

Aug 25, 2016

“Be true to yourself. But that's something everyone says and no one means."

Jun 28, 2016

"You have goodness in your heart, but your darkness overwhelms it all; your desire to hurt, destroy, and avenge is more powerful than your desire to love, help, and light the way. I have reached the limits of my knowledge. I don't know how to train you."

~ Raffaele
The Young Elites

Jun 27, 2016

“Be true to yourself. But that's something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”
― Marie Lu, The Young Elites

Mar 27, 2016

"Fear creates the strongest illusions. Everyone has darkness inside them, however hidden."

Aug 31, 2015

i love you

Jul 03, 2015

"Does your heart clench with each thought? That, my friend, is love. And love enslaves us all, for you cannot have love without fear."

Dec 04, 2014

"It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt."


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Aug 24, 2017

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

Aug 31, 2015

enzos brother wanted to rule the kingdom but he was evil and enzo was not evil

Jul 23, 2015

After the plague hits the world the people who survived came out with scars and strange coloured hair. They were named mallfettos. Then a discovery was made, some of the survivors had powers. They had grooped together and named themselves the young elites. After her abusive father sold her to a man she ran away and discovered she had unthinkable powers. What will happen after she gets caught?


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Mar 26, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Adelina uses her illusions in many different disturbing ways, and at one point kills someone by making his body think it was being flayed alive.

Mar 26, 2016

Sexual Content: There are many references to Raffaele's 'clients' both male and female. Also many references to prostitutes in the 'pleasure' court.

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