Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites (Book 1)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: October 7, 2014
So, this novel is set in this world that was recently infected by a plague, the blood fever. The people that emerge from this plague are usually physically deformed or “marked” and are called malfettos. These people are usually looked down upon by society and are associated with demons and the devil. However, some malfettos have different special powers. Our main character, Adelina, is a malfetto.
I loved this book! Adelina is truly an anti-hero. She’s dark; I was really disturbed by some of the thoughts going on in her head, especially since this book was written in first person. However, her backstory is really tragic, and it does make you feel sympathy for her. I enjoyed reading about all the conflicts going on in the novel; there are so many and it keeps the novel interesting.
The reason I gave this 4.5 stars is because it seemed to take me a long time to get through, but the ending redeemed it. I loved the ending and the twists and turns, and some unexpected events. The epilogue helps set up the trilogy as a whole because it introduces another one of the “societies” that recruit the malfettos with powers, called the Young Elites.
DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY! DON’T READ!
Okay. Okay. Okay. Adelina was a pretty disturbing character to read. However, it was really enjoyable to read from her perspective, even though the first person narrative was a bit disconcerting. I cannot believe she killed Enzo. It was a bit obvious from the start that he was going to be her love interest, but we did not get enough of Enzo. The fact that she mistook him for Teren and did that to him completely took me by surprise. But, my crackpot theory is that he is going to be back. Marie Lu made her readers fall in love with Enzo, and the fact that the epilogue introduces a character who can bring back the dead means that there is hope. Although Tristan who was brought back from the dead is really empty, and we cannot have a no-personality Enzo.
Also, I hate Adelina’s dad. The abuse and treatment Adelina received was horrifying. No wonder she turned out the way she did, with all her hopes and dreams destroyed and her “energies” plagued with darkness. The blatant objectification of both his daughters was also disgusting. I love how Marie Lu ties in Adelina’s childhood (all the horrors with her father and the relationship with her sister) through the entire story, so we really understood how certain events influenced the characters.
And Raffaele!! I’m so excited to see more of him and his role in the future novels.
This was a very different novel for Marie Lu from the Legend series (which I adored!), but it was so well done, and I cannot wait for The Rose Society (book #2) which comes out October 13, 2015!