I found The Young Elites to be well written, yet it was not my favorite read.
There are two main reasons for this.
- It’s dark. This novel follows a darker plotline and character lineup than I’m used to. It’s not a bad thing, but for personal preference it wasn’t my favorite.
- It was sometimes confusing. The Young Elites features an entirely new world. This means different regions with different ethnicities and other elements. Perhaps it was just me, because I read very quickly, but I just couldn’t make sense of some of the finer details.
Otherwise, I really liked some of the aspects of this novel. The plotline that this novel follows is that a blood fever has hit the region. All adults that got the fever died, but the children lived, some with scars. The main character, Adelina, lost her eye from the blood fever, which marked her as a malfetto. Malfettos are seen as a curse to the kingdom and hated by everyone. Some, however, are coming out with extraordinary abilities.
Adelina navigates the hate that plagues her, along with her darker self.
I find myself going back and forth on wanting to keep reading this series. It leaves off with a cliffhanger, of course. But also I really like the main character. It’s very different than any other story that I’ve read because she is basically the ‘evil’ one. She’s having trouble controlling her abilities, and the aftermath of her mistakes leaves her heartbroken and angered.
This book really gave me mixed emotions, but overall I really like plotline even though it was confusing at parts.