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The Young Elites

by Marie Lu

Putnam Juvenile | October 7, 2014 | Hardcover

The Young Elites is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.52 × 5.78 × 1.27 in

Published: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399167838

ISBN - 13: 9780399167836

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from EPIC I was recommended this book on Goodreads by a friend, and it was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. No, maybe the second, cause the first best thing will be when the next book comes out. If you love fantasy, and just general awesomeness than you need to read this book. It follows a 16 year old girl names Adelina who was one of the many who were affected by the blood fever. Now known as Malfettos who are believed to be gods of the underworld and possess demonic powers, most fear them and are continuously being put to death for being deformed or believed to be a part of the Malfetto society of Young Elites. Adelina believes even though she has the markings and is labelled a malfetto that she does not possess the power of the young elites, until she is provoked and her life in jeopardy do her powers make an appearance. This leads The Young Elites to recruit her as one of their own. With unknown loyalties and a budding romance, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat through all the action and final cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more. This is my first book by Marie Lu and it surely won't be my last. I'll be counting down the days until the second book is released.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Darkly Sinister "The Young Elites" by Marie Lu blends the darkly paranormal and a tragic romance into a fantasy that begins in the politically unstable atmosphere of Kenettra where some malfettos the survivors of a ravaging fever have been left with strange markings and powerful abilities. Adelina Amouteru is one of the disfgured with her silver hair, pale lashes and a scar where her eye used to be. Unlike her sister Violetta, an innocent and beautiful fourteen year old who's considered a valuable investment to their father, Adelina is spurned and abused. When their father is killed and Adelina is arrested for murder by the leader of the Inquisitors, a fanatic who wants to see all malfettos disposed of, little does she expect to be rescued from a fiery death by Enzo Valenciano, a member of the Dagger Society, a sect of rebellious Young Elites. What Enzo sees in Adelina is her bitterness and fear, a darkness so profound that she can create illusions that terrify anyone she attacks. Her power is so unique and so dangerous that some of the Elites fear her and want her dead. In this action-packed story Marie Lu sets the stage in Kenettra where the Queen believes her brother, the rightful king, a malfetto is dead. To stabilize the political atmosphere of the kingdom she has married a duke who's as unfaithful as he is a poor leader. To hide his ineptitude the royal court over the years has blamed the malfettos for any of their troubles and has used the power of the Inquisition Axis to persecute them. Where there's injustice rebellions arise but the Dagger Society is self-serving, protecting elite malfettos with powers they can use. The plot is dark and menacing as a power is being trained that is more dangerous than the Society or its leader could ever have imagined. Intrigue and suspense builds as events unfold in this intoxicating plot especially after Teren Santoro threatens Adelina with her sister's death if she doesn't reveal the identities of the Young Elites. But the romance blossoming between Adelina and Enzo at times seems manufactured. There's little chemistry between the two until he begins facing an uncertain future. Adelina draws closer to Raffaele, a consort at the Fortunata Court and her trainer until the truth undermining their relationship is revealed. Although the plot is incredibly dark, hopeless and menacing the characters draw you into the pathos and calamity that plagues the lives of the young Elites, Teren and Adelina. Enzo Valenciano is the hard, unforgiving princely assassin who burns with anger and vengeance. Yet underneath his aloofness and rebellion there is a vulnerability and guilt that few can understand. Adelina Amouteru haunted by abuse is a broken sixteen year old who yearns for love and acceptance, but to many in the Dagger Society is nothing more than a risky asset. In contrast her sister Violetta is an innocent hopeful young girl with a rosy temperament who masks her own secret. Teren Santaro the lead Inquisitor is a cold and confident murderer whose as secretive as he is vicious. All the characters in this story add to the drama, passion and power that keeps the reader riveted. Although as yet I can't say this is one of my favorite novels, it is well-written and mesmerizing and I intend to look for a future sequel.
Date published: 2014-11-01

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The Young Elites

by Marie Lu

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.52 × 5.78 × 1.27 in

Published: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399167838

ISBN - 13: 9780399167836

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13 Juno, 1361 City of Dalia Southern Kenettra The Sealands   * * *   Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows. Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake. Some worship us, think us children of the gods. But all know us. — Unknown source on the Young Elites     Adelina Amouteru   I’m going to die tomorrow morning. That’s what the Inquisitors tell me, anyway, when they visit my cell. I’ve been in here for weeks—I know this only because I’ve been counting the number of times my meals come. One day. Two days. Four days. A week. Two weeks. Three. I stopped counting after that. The hours run together, an endless train of nothingness, filled with different slants of light and the shiver of cold, wet stone, the pieces of my sanity, the disjointed whispers of my thoughts. But tomorrow, my time ends. They’re going to burn me at the stake in the central market square, for all to see. The Inquisitors tell me a crowd has already begun to gather outside. I sit straight, the way I was always taught. My shoulders don’t touch the wall. It takes me a while to realize that I’m rocking back and forth, perhaps to stay sane, perhaps just to keep warm. I hum an old lullaby too, one my mother used to sing to me when I was very little. I do my best to imitate her voice, a sweet and delicate sound, but my notes come out cracked and hoarse, nothing like what I remember. I stop trying. It’s so damp do
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

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.

About the Author

Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Marie Lu’s The Young Elites:

Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014!

“Lu pivots from the ‘coming of age via romance’ formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love… There’s nothing easy here, for Adelina or readers—there are no safe places where the pressures of betrayal, death threats, and rejection aren’t felt.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Readers should prepare to be captivated—and to look forward to a continuation of the Young Elites series.”—Booklist, starred review

“A must for fans of…totally immersive fantasies.”—Kirkus, starred review

“Lu seamlessly melds an unforgettable and intoxicating historical fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist that grapples with an issue experienced by all young adults—acceptance of one’s self… Lu’s new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike.”—School Library Journal
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