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 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 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 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!