The Young Elites (A Young Elites Novel)

Book 1 of 2 in the Young Elites Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.388368
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.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on October 7, 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0399167838
ISBN-13: 9780399167836
10 Book Reviews
  • nightelf
    nightelf6 months55 stars
    Absolutely loved it! A bit dark, but a fun read.
    • girlpower4ever
      girlpower4ever6 months44 stars
      A thrilling, stomach-turning read! This book is absolutely a different vibe from Marie Lu's Legend, but powerful in its words and premise. It's essentially a story told by the villain: a girl named Adelina who can't control her dark powers. It was vastly different from the bright, bubbly books I usually read, but entertaining all the same. Marie Lu's narration is so compellingly readable that it is impossible to stop reading this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
      • flowerpotter
        flowerpotter6 months55 stars
        The dark tale of Adelina Amouteru begins where she is known to be a survivor of the Blood Fever, a plague that swept through Kenettra, and if you survived you would receive mystical powers. Adelina is being sold off by her father, by men who come at night. His father decides to sell her off to pay his debts. After hearing this Adelina starts packing her valuables and thinks about running away. Her father chases after and tries to persuade him to come back, but when that doesn’t work he resorts to violence. This unleashes Adelina’s mysterious powers and this leads to her killing her own father, with the horses trampling him. Brutal. She gets caught by the Inquisition Guards while running away, and gets thrown into a prison in the capital city of Estenzia. When she’s having her final meal a prisoner comes in, getting pulled by the guards into the cell next to hers but unleashes his power at them and kills the guards. This person is revealed to be The Reaper. Also known as Enzo. He is another survivor of the blood fever. He used his powers to free Adelina out of jail, seeing how much of an asset Adelina can be to the Dagger Society and the Young Elites. This is how much I would want to cover, not give any spoilers. This is not a summary, not a book review to answer your homework that’s due on the next day. Ok? <Spoilers> Overall I think the character’s are amazing. Adelina has great story development seeing that she kills her family member in the very first chapters of her life story. This builds up her dark side leading for her objective of just residing peace into the world. I feel like that she is under discrimination and she is suffering, while the other elites just want Enzo to take the throne. We see new and new characters each chapter. I’m going to make this a bit shorter and cover up the side characters, the antagonist and the plot, I really don’t wanna take 15 minutes of your time. Raffaele is the type of character who you would think would betray the main character, when in reality that some different, other guy, I’ll get to him later. Raffaele is basically her keeper, and he guides the way for Adelina in the first half in the story. There is a scene though that proves that he is cautious and thinks that Adelina is a threat to the Young Elites and the Dagger Society, though their trust builds up throughout the story. Raffaele is a great support to Adelina putting his faith and trust. Enzo on the other hand, in my opinion thinks that Adelina is just an asset to get him the throne. There is no other reason that Enzo would even break her out of the prison. She even thinks in her mind when Enzo say’s “we couldn’t save them anyways,” when it actually meant, “I just don’t see the potential in them.” Enzo is very crucial to the plot though seeing that he gets killed with his fight with Teren. Another person who got killed was Spider. Also known as Dante. Dante is very suspicious of Adelina, but his sole purpose is just wanting to get her out of the Young Elites seeing that he despises her and overprotective of Enzo and his relationship. The book overall is decen seeing that the worldbuilding in this book somehow relates to society in real life. Seeing that there is a lot of discrimination, and how malfetto’s are treated. A decent 4.5 but I can’t do 4.5 on DOGObooks so… a five I guess.
        • chocolate168
          chocolate1687 months55 stars
          I really enjoyed this book. It is the first book of an amazing, action-packed series. For those of you who like mystery, action, and magic, please read.
          • nerdynerdynerd
            nerdynerdynerdover 4 years
            I loved the Young Elites and the mysteries that surrounded them: Who are the so called "Young Elites", and why do they have the powers they do? One night, Adelina Amouteru runs away from home in the hopes of being free. But she kills her father in doing so and is set up to be burned at the stake. But when a mysterious boy by the name of Enzo appears, Adelina realizes she is stronger-and deadlier-than she thought she was. Five stars!
            • ruehawthorn
              ruehawthornover 5 years55 stars
              After reading Legend I wanted more of Marie Lu. This book delivered completely. Will Adelina survive her love? Her powers? Her life? Even though this book ripped me in half I recommend this to any Marie Lu fans.
              • spinnypeeps
                spinnypeepsabout 6 years55 starsFeatured
                This story follow the dark tale of Adelina Amoteru, a mistreated- sixteen year old and survivor of the plague. The plague has left her "marked" with silver hair and took away her left eye. She is violently abused by her father while he treats her perfect little sister like royalty. Under these unfair conditions, Adelina has developed an uncanny blackness in her heart that she is not aware of. One day, she decides to run away from home and her father catches her by the arm, threatening to kill her. Anger bubbles inside of her and suddenly three black shadows appear, scaring the horse Adelina was riding on and causing it to kick her father through the heart. Soon, Adelina is put in prison to be burned on a stake- when a mysterious stranger wielding daggers appears and saves her. Who is this stranger and what does he want? And why are his hands flaming? Watch as mysteries unfold and Adelina travels down her dark path in the suspenseful first book of the <Young Elites>. Definitely FIVE STARSSSSS!
                • feefeeover 6 years
                  This book was A M A Z I N G. It left me wanting more, a sequel something, anything. It's an amazing book because instead of putting it through the hero's eyes it's more to a villain that isn't quite a villain. Must read.
                  • spinnypeeps
                    spinnypeepsalmost 7 years55 stars
                    This book left me totally depressed, because none of it was really the villain's fault! This was definitely one of my favorite books and it will leave you a completely satisfying read. Seriously, you should read this RIGHT NOW!
                    • mags
                      magsabout 7 years55 stars
                      This is the best book I have ever read. It is unique and special because it is told from a villians point of view!