The Young Elites by Marie Lu


Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

I’m going to die tomorrow morning.


Adalina Amouteru survived the blood fever as a child, but she has been marked ever since. Her father calls her an abomination, a malfetto, but he still hopes he might be able to use her to his advantage. Because some of the marked ones have developed strange powers. These are the Young Elites.

Enzo Valenciano is one of these Young Elites. He is also a member of the Dagger Society, a secret group determined to fight back against the Inquisition Axis and the throne.

When the two meet, Adalina hopes desperately that she can trust him, that she finally found a place where people like her for who she is and not for what she can do for them. There is a blackness in her heart she is fighting against, a thirst for vengeance and power.

If the Dagger Socienty is not who she thinks they are, she does not know what she will do then.


What a great read. I absolutely adored the worldbuilding, set in a semi-Italian world full of corruption and politics. A few years before the start of the story, a strange illness swept the lands. Of those who survived, most, like Adalina, were marked. These so-called malfettos are hated by everybody and considered bad luck.

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.

So Adalina has a lot on her plate already. It doesn’t help that her father is a sadist. Some of the malfettos have developed powers and he is determined to draw it out of Adalina by hurting her.

I loved Adalina. I loved that she is not a nice heroine, that there’s a darkness in her that she’s willing to embrace. I understand her thirst for vengeance and power, after all people did to her. And who doesn’t love a good antihero?

The darkness inside me hungers for it, yearning to break free, and I have to force down the irresistible urge to flood this entire square with illusions of Underworld monsters. So much power around me, going to waste.

I also really likd the relationship between Adalina and her sister. They love each other, but they are also rivals. Adalina is jealous of her sister and sometimes almost hates her yet at the same time she would do anything for her.


A fascinating protagonist and the start to what promises to be a great series.


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