As a huge fan of Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy, I was very excited about her new series beginning with The Young Elites. Switching from dystopian to fantasy, this book set in the middle ages follows the lives of young adults who caught a virus and those who survived developed super-human powers, known as the Young Elites.
Fifteen-year-old Adelina Amouteru just recently learns that she has illusionist powers and flees from her abusive father who is about to sell her to a married man as his mistress. She accidentally kills her father who chases after her, and just before her execution, a band of Young Elites rescue her. They then train her how to use her powers, but unfortunately, Adelina’s power is fueled by fear which feeds her dark side. Some of the Dagger Society want her killed before she can learn how powerful she really is, but the prince (and leader of the Society) desires for her to be a part of their group.
When reading this book, I felt like I was reading a backstory of a soon-to-be villain…for instance, villains are often “misunderstood” because of their childhood, and the ending leads me to believe that my initial thoughts are true.