- Copertina rigida: 355 pagine
- Editore: Putnam Pub Group (27 ottobre 2014)
- Collana: Young Elites
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0399167838
- ISBN-13: 978-0399167836
- Peso di spedizione: 590 g
- Media recensioni: 3.5 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 16.615 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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Praise for Marie Lu’s The Young Elites:
A New York Times bestseller!
Five starred reviews!
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2014!
An Amazon Best Book of 2014 – Teen & Young Adult!
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014!
Chosen as a YALSA Teens' Top Ten Pick for 2015!
“Lu pivots from the ‘coming of age via romance’ formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love… There’s nothing easy here, for Adelina or readers—there are no safe places where the pressures of betrayal, death threats, and rejection aren’t felt.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Readers should prepare to be captivated—and to look forward to a continuation of the Young Elites series.”—Booklist, starred review
“A must for fans of…totally immersive fantasies.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this 14th-century fantasy from Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy), in a world where ‘fear is power.’ … The overriding epic fantasy will keep readers hooked for book two, which teases to be a game-changer. Bring it on.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review
“The taut, tightly packed narrative provides an engaging mix of pulse-quickening fight scenes, heart-stopping near escapes, touching interpersonal interludes, and devastating betrayals.” —BCCB, starred review
“Lu weaves her magic across the page as she unfolds the story of Adelina and the Young Elites. Nothing is as it is expected.”—VOYA
“Lu seamlessly melds an unforgettable and intoxicating historical fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist that grapples with an issue experienced by all young adults—acceptance of one’s self… Lu’s new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike.”—School Library Journal
“By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible…There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.”—The New York Times Book Review
Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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Le descrizioni sono meravigliosamente realistiche, tanto da permetterti di visualizzare anche il più minimo dettaglio di ciò che sta accadendo solo chiudendo gli occhi. Ovviamente non mi sto riferendo solo a luoghi e aspetto fisico, ma anche e soprattutto all’analisi interiore dei personaggi. Ottima la scelta del narratore in prima persona che fa inserire meglio il lettore nella storia. Le emozioni della protagonista si riescono davvero a percepire attraverso le righe, e grazie ai cambi di punti di vista si può “indagare” nella mente degli altri personaggi, rendendoli più tangibili e umani.
Ho apprezzato molto la quasi perenne atmosfera in cui inganni, incomprensioni, bugie e segreti si intrecciano sapientemente rendendo la storia cupa ma allo stesso tempo attraente, con il fascino che la magia nera eserciterebbe su ogni mago o strega.
Anche il fatto che la protagonista, Adelina, non sia un modello di perfezione e possegga nel suo cuore una pericolosa oscurità che non la rende una delle solite paladine della legge è un enorme punto a suo favore.
Lo stile è sempre molto fluido, semplice e accattivante, senza contare i numerosissimi colpi di scena che mi hanno fatto rimanere a bocca aperta! E per i più romantici non mancheranno alcune parti colme di dolcezza ma anche di tanta tristezza. Ammetto di aver avuto gli occhi lucidi più di una volta…
Non posso insomma che aspettarmi grandi cose dai seguiti!
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The great conflict in this book comes from someone who has never known love or acceptance. The only one that has ever been kind to her is someone she had to leave behind. Adelina is picked up by the Daggers, part of The Young Elites movement, before she is burned at the stake for having powers. Powers she had only been able to call on one time when she felt threatened. When she is approached by Teren, the leader of the Inquisitioners, and the one who is holding her sister captive. Adelina must choose to support The Young Elites or to turn them in to save her sister.
I felt bad for Adelina. She really struggles to do the right thing in this book. The right thing for her, the right thing for the cause, and the right thing for her sister. Adelina doesn’t know which one is right, she only knows she needs to save her sister. Complicating her situation even further is her love interest, Enzo, the leader of the Dagger, a group of The Young Elites. Enzo is the rightful heir to the kingdom of Kenettera. Enzo is a malfetto though Adelina has a really unique gift, but she need The Young Elites to help her learn how to use it. They come along at just the right time to teach her how to use her power.
I enjoyed the angsty romance in this book. I didn’t like where it ended, but I can see that there is still hope. I loved the action in this book. I also loved that the protagonist may not be the good guy in this story. The world building was very well done. I could easily imagine the city of Estenzia. Even the clothes the characters wore were well described, making it easy for me to picture. This is a world I want to go back to. I was actually sad when I finished reading this.
The only issues I had with this book was that I didn’t see Adelina as a dark person. She is conflicted for sure, but characters kept referencing her dark side. I didn’t really see it. I felt like I was told it about it, and not shown it at all. I am hoping her dark side will be elaborated in the follow up book, The Rose Society. I will definitely be read the next book in this series and more from this author. I am glad I got a chance to read this.
Hmmm....I'm not sure what it is about Marie Lu. All her books look promising to me on the back cover description. I mean, "rise of a villainess"? I'd usually be all over that. And I don't usually mind the Pseudo-Medieval European (this time Venice) feeling if there's a romance or a compelling main character (as in Robin LaFevers Grave Mercy series which was awesome) setting.
But I didn't fall in love with Adelina. Nor Raffaele. Nor even Enzo.
Teren Santoro was the most interesting character to me, and his development came quite late in the story. While I love it when a villain's mindset reveals how he or she feels she's doing right, and in this story Adelina definitely has some tough choices to make, the "evil" ones, starting with her father, are too sudden, too ....undeveloped for me to get behind. I am just left feeling bruised and empty instead of sympathetic to her. We are not lead down the path to her making the shocking choices, nor do the circumstances seem to warrant it beyond vague references to her "alignment with passion" or "alignment with darkness" which made it seem like it wasn't her fault when feelings spun out of control. That felt like a cop out to me.
It's possible too much time elapsed, and not enough development of the Raffaele-Adelina or Raffaele-Enzo relationships was able to fit into this action-packed story. I felt, at times, that Adelina was dodging inquisitors in the crowded streets more than anything else and that is a shame, there's such potential here.
But not enough to get me to read the next in the series. That takes falling in love with a character, and sadly, these aren't sticking with me the way I'd like them to. But that might just be my own personal taste and reliance on angst and the relationship feelz in a story.
The Young Elites is a dark YA High Fantasy, it’s not something I have come across in YA, and the darkness of it is something I absolutely loved. Lu did not hold back in telling this story, there is a war going on, bad things happen to people, and no one is safe. To me all of those things made this book feel very real. The only thing I wished we had known more about was the blood fever, but right now even the characters do not know that much about it. Oh another thing I loved that I should mention because it’s huge, most (if not all) of the characters are POC. There are a few that I don’t recall their skin color being mentioned but for the ones that were, none of them were white.
I really loved the characters, especially Adelina, Enzo, and Raffaele, they are complex, unique characters. They are all pretty different, yet they work well together in the story. I absolutely loved that Adelina was the main character, she really is what made this book so great. She’s suspicious, angry, revengeful, yet she wants to be loved, and wants to find a place where she belongs. These three characters are what really hooked me in this book and made me get invested and want to keep reading.
I do not want to talk much about the plot, I always worry about spoiling people, but I do want to mention just a bit and it concerns the epilogue, so if you do not want to know this, even though I do not think it is really spoilery, feel free to skip this part. In the epilogue we meet a new character, and from what we were given looks to have a big part in the next book, and this character is AMAZING. I cannot wait for the second book simply for this character.
Basically if you like dark fantasy with action, adventure, and a superhero vibe, you’ll definitely like this book. Oh did I mention, that most of the characters are POC? I did, well it deserved a second mention. Also, there is a kingdom that follows a matriarchal line. Basically it’s a kicka*s story, with kicka*s characters, in a kicka*s world.
So as I mentioned, THE YOUNG ELITES is about a few things. We see this world through the eyes of a troubled young fever survivor named Adelina Amouteru. She has some pretty scary gifts, a lingering mark of the fever. Her family life sucks: Her father is trying to pawn her off to another man so that he can make as much money off of her as possible, her mother is dead, and her younger sister is the apple of her father’s eye. When Adelina unwittingly uses her gift to do something pretty horrible, albeit deserved, she’s taken by the Inquisitor and prepared for execution. Until, that is, the Dagger Society comes to her rescue and she meets Enzo, their leader. The Daggers want to train Adelina to harness her gift, but they’re also wary of her and a little afraid. Her gift isn’t like anything else they’ve ever seen. Discovering her gift and learning the full reach of her power will lead to all kinds of dangerous, deadly, frightening things.
First of all, Adelina. This girl is tortured, and you could honestly say that she’s tortured figuratively and literally. Her father is a bear, mistreating Adelina constantly, and as a result of this horrible treatment, Adelina is broken. Her society looks down on fever survivors, and that’s putting it mildly. They are feared, hated, and are the targets of the Inquisition Axis. Adelina remembers a better time before the fever when her mother was alive and she and her sister were closer and her family wasn’t on the brink of financial ruin. But now, she’s just trying to get out from under her father’s nasty thumb. Adelina is dark, you guys. Vengeful and angry and unpredictable. She’s bitter and lonely. None of this is good when you combine it with her gift and her inability to control it. It’s really interesting to see a world through the eyes of someone like Adelina. It gives THE YOUNG ELITES a distinctly disturbing feeling. You know that, over the course of her training with the Daggers that something bad is going to happen. That makes for a very gripping story, and Adelina is one of those characters that you pity and want to slap at the same time. Except you’re kind of scared of her so mostly you just feel bad and have panic attacks.
There are a few major moving parts in THE YOUNG ELITES: Adelina, the Dagger Society, and Teren Santoro. I have to say, THE YOUNG ELITES suffers just a bit from “first book in a fantasy series” syndrome. Which is to say that the characters are excellent–Marie Lu always has very well-realized characters–but that the world building has some rough patches. Since there only seems to be those three major groups though (for now, at least, and that’s part of what’s keeping me so excited for book 2), it all works. I’m very, VERY intrigued by Teren Santoro, who’s boffing the queen and is just full of self-hatred and secrets. The Daggers and Enzo are really fantastic as well, and the way things end up with them and Adelina is heartbreaking. Adelina herself is in a BAD place when THE YOUNG ELITES ends. But the foundations of a really intriguing world are here, and that mixed with the great characters makes me a happy girl.
One of the reasons that things end up so devastatingly for Adelina is that she begins to make connections–connections without fear–with the other Daggers. Because of her treatment at the hands of her father, she’s wary always of being used, and that’s something that she continues to struggle with as she grows closer to all the Daggers, but especially to Raffaelle, Adelina’s main instructor and a courtesan (seriously, LOVE HIM), and Enzo, the leader of the Daggers. Her relationships with these two guys are different, but wonderful and sad as well. Raffaelle is the closest thing Adelina has to a friend and she comes to rely on his calming presence. Enzo, on the other hand, is enigmatic and serious and his relationship with Adelina is fraught with that “we shouldn’t but I can’t fight it anymore!” feeling. All of this combines to make me heartsick for Adelina by the time THE YOUNG ELITES draws to a close.
Speaking of that close, GIMME BOOK 2 NOW. There’s something about fantasies that I love and that’s the expansion of the world in which our story takes place. Take me–and the characters–to someplace we’ve never seen before. Make their world bigger, and therefore the stakes higher. Marie Lu does that at the end of THE YOUNG ELITES. If this series is anything like Legend, the books are only going to get better, and I can’t wait.
While the premise wasn't incredibly original to me, Adelina was the character who intrigued me. How many books have you read with a character who imagines such a bloodthirsty, violent revenge? In my case, not many. Adelina wants those who wronged her to suffer and she does not imagine any mercy. Adelina is dark, villainous and yet I rooted for her the entire book, even if it made me slightly uncomfortable to do so at times. Throughout the book it is hinted that she has a 'darkness' in her and that she can't be trusted. While we only got a glimpse of this power, it is both intriguing and powerful, and Adelina relishes the power she possess.
Like I mentioned above, the idea of a world catastrophe with emerging young people with strange powers is a trope I've seen before. It also happens to be one of my favorite tropes because I am a sucker for discovering all these characters with unique powers. Some can control elements like fire and wind, while some can make objects disappear and reappear in another location. While I don't want to go into detail for Adelina's power, know that it is versatile, original and probably more powerful than we realize at this point in the story so far.
As far as supporting characters, there are a few important ones to note:
Enzo is the leader of the Dagger Society, or the group of Young Elites that Adelina discovers. Enzo is distant, interesting and definitely has an agenda of his own. He is fascinated by Adelina's powers, despite repeated warnings that she could be dangerous. There is also a hint of attraction between the two, but I had a hard time trusting his motivations. Adelina's most important priority is herself, so I couldn't get too attached to other characters because I never knew when Adelina could turn on them.
Teren is a character I am excited to see more of. While him and Adelina are on opposing sides of this story, I have a feeling he will be an important character in the series. He is responsible for hunting down Adelina and the other Elites, but we soon learn he is harboring a secret of his own.
Violetta is Adelina's sister and while their relationship is contentious at times, she is arguably the only character Adelina has any feelings for at all. Unfortunately, Adelina has been hardened by the harsh treatment in her childhood and the prejudice against her for being a malfetto has hardened her heart. Violetta represents the only good part of Adelina that is left and I was pleasantly surprised with her character arc in this book.
The ending fell a little flat for me in terms of action, I think I was just hoping for more. Although there were a few surprising twists and turns! I will definitely be reading the next book because I need to know what happens to Adelina. Sure, she has had a pretty terrible life so far, but she is going down a dark path and I personally can't wait to see where it leads. I love the idea of reading about an anti-hero! Adelina makes a lot of questionable decisions throughout the book and it seems like she is starting to succumb to the call of her dark power. Will she continue down this path? Will she get the revenge she desires? Or will Violetta continue to be the voice of her conscience? I am excited to find out!