The Young Elites

The Young Elites

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

byMarie Lu

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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.

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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 bl...

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, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 1.18 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage: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 Marie lu for the win I've read all of Marie Lu's book but this is my favourite one
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing I love dark books, I find them intriguing and this one was no exception. I didn't realize it until the end but this book is written from the point of view as a villain. If this story was told by any other person we would have had no doubt Adelina was a villain but with Adelina telling the story we can see how she sees the world and how she isn't a true villain she is just trying to get by with the crappy had life has dealt her. Another interesting thing about this story is how it focuses a lot on Adelina's internal struggles and as a result of this there isn't a lot of character development outside of the main characters which was a little annoying but I still like the way the book was written. All in all I loved it and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Kelley Armstrong's Sea of Shadows.
Date published: 2015-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The young elites Really enjoyed this book! Exciting read, and beautifully written! The story reads fast paced with intesity and interesting charcters.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from crazy amazing! This book kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole thing! I think I've felt every emotion possible in the two days it took me to finish this. An emotional rollercoaster for sure, but an enjoyable one. This book is amazing, and refreshing! I recommend it to everyone who enjoys a little suspense in their lives!
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating ATTENTION FANTASY FANS! Do you want a book tht will draw you in and hold you captive with its beautiful characters and shattering journey? Then The Young Elites is the book for you! The character developement is thought out astoundingly but hits you all at once. The story is heart breaking and heartmending. An amazing read.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A thrilling new read When I first heard about a new book from Marie Lu, I HAD TO read it. I loved Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy and I was read her next work. And I am super glad to be able to say that The Young Elites does not disappoint. A decade ago, an illness spread through Adelina’s world, and many lives were lost. Those of the infected who survived are now showing strange symptoms. Adelina’s hair has turned silver and she has a jagged scar where her left eye used to be. To top it all off, her father believes shes a malfetto, an abomination. But young people exhibiting strange symptoms after surviving the plague are now rumoured to have strange gifts and there’s a secret society of them called The Young Elites. I honestly loved Adelina, she’s strong, tough, and she grows so much throughout the novel. I don’t want to give anything away about that so that’s all I’m going to say. I also loved Adelina’s family life, and seeing how her early childhood heavily influenced her later in life was awesome. I loved reading her interaction with The Young Elites, and seeing how they influenced her heavily. Enzo, the leader of the Elites, was also just a delight to read about. The world-building of The Young Elites was just fantastic, and compared to most fantasy novels I’ve read, the world wasn’t hard to comprehend which made it a delight to read. The plot was fast-paced at times, and sometimes a little slow, but overall everything felt smoothly and quickly. Overall, The Young Elites is a fantastic novel by a fantastic author. The main character was fantastic, the romance was indeed very swoony and the world-building was great but not too confusing to read. I recommend this one for fans looking for an intricately-written and character driven novel.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A quick read. I wasn't fond of the layout though. Although I was interested to see what happened, I found few of the characters likable. The main character was particularly annoying for me.
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marie Lu does it again! When I first heard about a new book from Marie Lu, I HAD TO read it. I loved Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy and I was read her next work. And I am super glad to be able to say that The Young Elites does not disappoint. A decade ago, an illness spread through Adelina’s world, and many lives were lost. Those of the infected who survived are now showing strange symptoms. Adelina’s hair has turned silver and she has a jagged scar where her left eye used to be. To top it all off, her father believes shes a malfetto, an abomination. But young people exhibiting strange symptoms after surviving the plague are now rumoured to have strange gifts and there’s a secret society of them called The Young Elites. I honestly loved Adelina, she’s strong, tough, and she grows so much throughout the novel. I don’t want to give anything away about that so that’s all I’m going to say. I also loved Adelina’s family life, and seeing how her early childhood heavily influenced her later in life was awesome. I loved reading her interaction with The Young Elites, and seeing how they influenced her heavily. Enzo, the leader of the Elites, was also just a delight to read about. The world-building of The Young Elites was just fantastic, and compared to most fantasy novels I’ve read, the world wasn’t hard to comprehend which made it a delight to read. The plot was fast-paced at times, and sometimes a little slow, but overall everything felt smoothly and quickly. Overall, The Young Elites is a fantastic novel by a fantastic author. The main character was fantastic, the romance was indeed very swoony and the world-building was great but not too confusing to read. I recommend this one for fans looking for an intricately-written and character driven novel.
Date published: 2015-01-21
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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13 Juno, 1361City of DaliaSouthern KenettraThe 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 down here. Water trickles from above my door and has painted a groove into the stone wall, discolored green and black with grime. My hair is matted, and my nails are caked with blood and dirt. I want to scrub them clean. Is it strange that all I can think about on my last day is how filthy I am? If my little sister were here, she’d murmur something reassuring and soak my hands in warm water.I can’t stop wondering if she’s okay. She hasn’t come to see me.I lower my head into my hands. How did I end up like this?But I know how, of course. It’s because I’m a murderer.* * * It happened several weeks earlier, on a stormy night at my father’s villa. I couldn’t sleep. Rain fell and lightning reflected off the window of my bedchamber. But even the storm couldn’t drown out the conversation from downstairs. My father and his guest were talking about me, of course. My father’s late-night conversations were always about me.I was the talk of my family’s eastern Dalia district. Adelina Amouteru? they all said. Oh, she’s one of those who survived the fever a decade ago. Poor thing. Her father will have a hard time marrying her off.No one meant because I wasn’t beautiful. I’m not being arrogant, only honest. My nursemaid once told me that any man who’d ever laid eyes on my late mother was now waiting curiously to see how her two daughters would blossom into women. My younger sister, Violetta, was only fourteen and already the budding image of perfection. Unlike me, Violetta had inherited our mother’s rosy temperament and innocent charm. She’d kiss my cheeks and laugh and twirl and dream. When we were very small, we’d sit together in the garden and she would braid periwinkles into my hair. I would sing to her. She would make up games.We loved each other, once.My father would bring Violetta jewels and watch her clap her hands in delight as he strung them around her neck. He would buy her exquisite dresses that arrived in port from the farthest ends of the world. He would tell her stories and kiss her good night. He would remind her how beautiful she was, how far she would raise our family’s standing with a good marriage, how she could attract princes and kings if she desired. Violetta already had a line of suitors eager to secure her hand, and my father would tell each of them to be patient, that they could not marry her until she turned seventeen. What a caring father, everyone thought.Of course, Violetta didn’t escape all of my father’s cruelty.He purposely bought her dresses that were tight and painful. He enjoyed seeing her feet bleed from the hard, jeweled shoes he encouraged her to wear.Still. He loved her, in his own way. It’s different, you see, because she was his investment.I was another story. Unlike my sister, blessed with shining black hair to complement her dark eyes and rich olive skin, I am flawed. And by flawed, I mean this: When I was four years old, the blood fever reached its peak and everyone in Kenettra barred their homes in a state of panic. No use. My mother, sister, and I all came down with the fever. You could always tell who was infected—strange, mottled patterns showed up on our skin, our hair and lashes flitted from one color to another, and pink, blood-tinged tears ran from our eyes. I still remember the smell of sickness in our house, the burn of brandy on my lips. My left eye became so swollen that a doctor had to remove it. He did it with a red-hot knife and a pair of burning tongs.So, yes. You could say I am flawed.Marked. A malfetto.While my sister emerged from the fever unscathed, I now have only a scar where my left eye used to be. While my sister’s hair remained a glossy black, the strands of my hair and lashes turned a strange, ever-shifting silver, so that in the sunlight they look close to white, like a winter moon, and in the dark they change to a deep gray, shimmering silk spun from metal.At least I fared better than Mother did. Mother, like every infected adult, died. I remember crying in her empty bedchamber each night, wishing the fever had taken Father instead.My father and his mysterious guest were still talking downstairs. My curiosity got the best of me and I swung my legs over the side of my bed, crept toward my chamber door on light feet, and opened it a crack. Dim candlelight illuminated the hall outside. Below, my father sat across from a tall, broad-shouldered man with graying hair at his temples, his hair tied back at the nape of his neck in a short, customary tail, the velvet of his coat shining black and orange in the light. My father’s coat was velvet too, but the material was worn thin. Before the blood fever crippled our country, his clothes would have been as luxurious as his guest’s. But now? It’s hard to keep good trade relations when you have a malfetto daughter tainting your family’s name.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Marie Lu’s The Young Elites:A New York Times bestseller!Five starred reviews!A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2014!An Amazon Best Book of 2014 – Teen & Young Adult!An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014!Chosen as a YALSA Teens' Top Ten Pick for 2015!“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 Reviews, starred review“A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this 14th-century fantasy from Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy), in a world where ‘fear is power.’ … The overriding epic fantasy will keep readers hooked for book two, which teases to be a game-changer. Bring it on.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review“The taut, tightly packed narrative provides an engaging mix of pulse-quickening fight scenes, heart-stopping near escapes, touching interpersonal interludes, and devastating betrayals.” —BCCB, starred review“Lu weaves her magic across the page as she unfolds the story of Adelina and the Young Elites. Nothing is as it is expected.”—VOYA“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“By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible…There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.”—The New York Times Book Review