REVIEW: The Young Elites by Marie Lu
This is a strange book for me to review. At first I liked it, but after a short while I was just ready to have it over with and wished i could read faster so i would be done and could start something else. However, after about half or two thirds of the book, I again started to like it more.
Some reasons to like (or dislike, it's up to you to decide) this book:
You are drawn in quickly. It has the typical fast world building that YA so often has, but doesn't feel rushed.
The setting is intriguing. Kind of like Italy in the middle ages, maybe? Or maybe it just felt like that to me because of the masks and the blood fever that killed such a large part of the population, like the plague did.
Adelina is very much not a hero. Some might consider her to be a villain too.
It isn't one of those books in which everything goes well in the end.
Very diverse characters.
It picks up its pace at the end and the epilogue makes way for a whole lot of new possibilities.
What i loved the most was that the world is very much grey. There is no clear black and white, the characters aren't automatically good or bad and everyone has their own reasons for what they do.
As i said, after the first pages it lost my attention a bit, maybe the story progressed too slow. I also had a hard time coming to term with the non-hero Adelina. She has a lot of darkness in her heart which i couldn't really identify myself with. Because of that the book had harshness in it, more than i expected. It's a dark book, for being such a small YA.
Whilst reading, my rating changed from 3 to 2 and back again. At first i had no desire to continue this series, and also wasn't really curious. I had my peace with how it ended. Then came the epilogue, which made me reconsider. Maybe i'd look up a synopsis for the rest of the books online, just to know what happened. Now some time (a couple of hours, to be exact :)) has passed since i finished it, however, i find myself drawn to it again. Turns out I am curious, and most likely will be continuing this series.