MINI REVIEW: The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu

Hey guys! I recently finished The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu and while I didn’t enjoy it enough to review each book individually, I still wanted to do a mini review of each book in one post. I’ve been wanting to write mini review posts for a while now, so I thought this trilogy would be the perfect time to do so!

the-young-elitesThe Young Elites:

I was expecting so much from this book given how much praise I’ve heard about Marie Lu and her writing. But this ended up being so disappointing and quite boring, actually. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, I just didn’t like them at all. I felt like they weren’t fully fleshed out and we were only scratching the surface with them. The only thing that interested me about this book was the main character, Adelina, being more of a villain than a hero and embracing her dark side. I read a lot of reviews on Goodreads saying the second book is a lot darker than the first, so this is what made me continue this series. I was interested in seeing that darkness and fury in Adelina.  I wanted to see her take revenge on everyone and make people afraid of her. Another thing I liked was how everyone’s power was unique, no two people could have the same power. I think Marie came up with some great powers for each of the characters. Also the ending did surprise me, I was definitely not expecting Marie to be so ruthless with her characters!

The Rose SocietyThe Rose Society:

This was by far the best book in the series in my opinion. I think it was a lot better than the first and I enjoyed it a lot more. It still wasn’t great, but it was definitely an improvement on the first. I love how much darker Adelina became and how she lashed out with her illusions to cause others pain. She was utterly ruthless and had no mercy. I felt really bad for her and thought she was a very misunderstood character. She was only acting out at others because she’d only ever known pain and betrayal all her life. It’s what she lives and breathes and I just felt really sorry for her. I definitely think this book had a stronger plot and I loved how new characters were introduced. Magiano was definitely one of the best characters! I loved his scenes with Adelina and he definitely made the book more interesting. I really like the ending, it was great seeing Adelina finally getting what she’d dreamed of since she was little. Even if she used the cruelest of ways to get what she wanted, but that made the book more interesting. A villain finally getting everything they want? Hell yes! I love seeing villains win, is that bad? They are just so much more exciting than the good guys.

The Midnight StarThe Midnight Star:

I honestly thought this series would go from strength to strength but actually this book was majorly disappointing. It was so, so slow and I honestly felt like nothing was happening. It was like we took a massive step back and were back to how dull the first book was. I didn’t understand how it got so much stronger only to lose all of that in the last book? The last book is supposed to be the best one! Adelina wasn’t really that dark in this one, she was much worse in the second book. The ending was decent and had lots of surprises. I thought all of the characters would be safe because they were needed and had a purpose. So then when some of the characters died, I was shocked and very surprised. But I wasn’t really attached to them enough to cry or be upset so I moved on fairly quickly. I wasn’t expecting the ending with Adelina, is it supposed to be her redeeming herself for all the bad things she has done? Either way, I found it disappointing and would have liked an alternate ending. There was so many things I wanted to see that just didn’t happen and it frustrated me. Such a disappointing ending to this series.

Even though this series had some surprises here and there, I still think it was disappointing overall. It had so much potential but I just didn’t care for any of the characters. Maybe my expectations were really high seeing as Marie Lu is a really popular author? I’m so sad this series didn’t meet my expectations!

If like me you haven’t read anything by Marie Lu and are interested in reading one of her series to see what her writing is like, I strongly advise you to avoid this one. A lot of people like Legend and I really wish I’d started with that series instead.  Have you read this series and what did you think? Agree or disagree with me? I hope you liked this mini series review and I’d love to know if this is something you’d be interesting in me doing more often? Thank you so much for reading!

5 thoughts on “MINI REVIEW: The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu

  1. Azia says:

    I completely agree that the second book is the best book. Adelina really came into her own and shined in her villainous role. But I also loved how she remained a sympathetic character while she was obviously making dark and malevolent choices. And Magiano is wonderful. The first book was kind of boring and I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters other than Adelina. And I felt like the third book actually went too fast, to the point that character development was lost in translation and everything just seemed to happen to happen. It was a disappointing ending, but the very last image with Magiano following her constellation was gorgeous at least! Otherwise, I’m sorry this trilogy didn’t quite live up to expectations, but I totally understand haha. Hopefully you enjoy Marie Lu’s other books much more 😀

    • Beth says:

      Yeh! That made her the perfect villain in my opinion. I loved how she had vulnerable moments and was haunted with past memories. There’s a lot of things she didn’t want to do but she wasn’t given much choice. I felt really bad for her and she was one of the only characters I actually cared about, she was so misunderstood by everyone.

      I was so disappointed with the first book because I felt nothing was happening and we weren’t even getting any real insight into the characters. It was just like here are all these characters with powers but we won’t tell you anything about them aside from that?? 😒 Made it very hard to care about them! Even the third book we still didn’t know much about them, so when some of them died I was like meh, didn’t really know much about you anyway xD That’s true actually! They just seemed to jump from one thing to another and I think the lack of character development just made it boring. I’m all for action-packed books but the characters need to have development or at least some time spent on them! Yeah, I’m glad we got to see her being happy with Magiano, even if it wasn’t the ending I wanted. Thanks, me too! Have you read any of her other books?

      • Azia says:

        Yeah. Honestly Adelina was the only one I really cared about. Her complexities made it easy to sympathize with her. All the other characters (besides Magiano) could go jump in a ditch for all I cared LOL. Everything happened really slowly and then too quickly but for no apparent reason in either case. It was a weirdly imbalanced series. Definitely not her best work. I’ve read her Legend trilogy and Warcross! Oh and her Batman installment in the Young DC books. Much better reads, all of them haha

      • Beth says:

        Yeh I liked Adelina, Magiano and Enzo but that was a disaster with him 😂 All of the other characters were so unlikeable they just didn’t have any good qualities! Didn’t care for them at all xD Agreed! So annoying because it actually could have been a really interesting series. So much lost potential 😦 Ohh, I loved Batman! Her writing was so good and I actually liked the majority of the characters! I have Warcross and I do still want to read it. I take it Warcross is good then? 😀

      • Azia says:

        Agreed. Most characters were just a bore or were straight up unlikable haha. At first I thought I liked Rafaelle but that turned out to be a bust LOL.
        And Warcross was pretty good. Took me a while to get into, but it started to get interesting towards the middle and the ending was great! But honestly, don’t think it was her best. The Legend trilogy is still my favorite from her 🙂

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