AUTHOR: Marie Lu
PUBLICATION: Published October 7th 2014 by Putnam Books for Young Readers
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Dystopia | Science Fiction
PAGES: 336pages (kindle edition)
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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
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.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
“I am Adelina Amouteru… I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.”
I was not ready for that. No, really. I wasn’t. This is my first from Marie Lu and I didn’t know that she writes like this. EPIC. I have no words about the writing. It’s captivating and gripping and Marie Lu really deserves the hype she’s getting if it’s based on her writing alone. The pacing was a bit so-so to me. There was a part in the book where it lagged a little and I feel like asking ‘OKAY SO WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN NEXT?’ But other than that, I have no argument about the pacing. This book also has one of the best opening ever and it didn’t let me go from the moment I read it. It was powerful and totally vivid. It intrigued me, affected me easily and made me see Adelina with awe.
I have a love hate relationship with Adelina. She is marked. She’s a Malfetto. A malfetto is feared and seen as trash by the people in Kenettra. So because of that, Adelina is one of those people who are treated differently. Especially by her father. OKAY. Adelina is a very bitter main character. Her bitterness is so powerful that I can taste in her narration. I love that she’s staying strong and that she can stand up on her own when she wants to. But I don’t like how she thinks sometimes. THERE’S A WAR INSIDE OF HER and sometimes it’s annoying. She just can’t seem to make up her mind.
The characters here are well done. They all affected me in some way. Whether it’s in a good or bad way, they all made an impact. Marie Lu knows creativity AND originality. There’s nothing cliche about them and they’re all fascinating. I think the characters is what I love the most about this book.
The plot didn’t really give me that EPICNESS OVERLOAD reaction but it did get me excited and over the edge. I was a bit disappointed by some happenings in the near end. I mean, seriously, does Marie Lu hates happy endings?
Anyway, I trust this author now, so if certain things has to happen, then so be it. But the sequel better be more good than this one. By the way the book ended, I’m really looking forward to the second installment. It wasn’t a cliffhanger but I was left with need! It was a thrilling and mystifying epilogue even though my heart was just ripped out.
I’m not gonna say anything about the romance aspect because I still don’t know what to make of it. Honestly, I’m not even sure if there is one. Anyway, whatever happens to Adelina, I know that I want to be there to witness it. This girl is a chaos waiting to happen and I’m just waiting now. Hoping to meet more original and fascinating characters by Marie Lu. A bit more work for the world-building wouldn’t hurt either.