The Young Elites – Great for Teens Who Love Fantasy, Romance, and Action

I usually don’t read fantasy books, but The Young Elites by Marie Lu is my exception. I first got into Marie Lu’s books when I read her series, Legend. I looked around at my local library to see if she had written anymore books, and to my delight, she had. I took a look at the book on the shelf, which just happened to be The Young Elites, and thought to myself, “Why not?” I finished The Young Elites in two days. I couldn’t put it down. 

The Young Elites is a story about a girl, Adelina Amouteru, who caught the devastating Blood Fever as a young child. The Blood Fever does things to a person’s body, leaving them with strange markings. The people of the world who didn’t catch the fever call them ​malfettos, or marked people.

Some ​malfettos, however, have strange and unusual powers given to them by the gods. These children are called The Young Elites. After a terrible accident with her father, Adelina discovers these Young Elites, including a handsome, mysterious prince whom she is attracted to. She begins to train to join in their ranks. I first read the book back in November and I really enjoyed it. Marie Lu is honestly one of my favorite authors and I’ve read every single one of her books multiple times.

I have only one complaint about the book, and it’s the fact that something major happens to one of the characters. It really moves the plot forward, however, and was a plot twist that no one ever saw coming. The Young Elites is the first book in a trilogy. The other two books are The Rose Society and The Midnight Star. If someone were to ask me back in October what my favorite book was, I couldn’t give them a straight answer, because I have so many, but if you were to ask me now, I would recommend The Young Elites right off the bat. It is a thrilling book with classic villain vs hero drama, some added elements, some magic woven in, and some kick-butt action scenes. Not only is there romance, but there’s friendship and sibling love as well. This book is great for teenagers who enjoy fantasy, romance, and action, and as a reader, I couldn’t love it more. 


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