I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
Published by Penguin Audio on 10/7/2014
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.\r\n\r\nAdelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.\r\n\r\nTeren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.\r\n\r\nEnzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.\r\n\r\nAdelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.\r\n\r\nIt is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
I hate when books flatline for me…or don’t even really get started. I listened to about 65% of the audio of The Young Elites by Marie Lu, and it simply did not hold me. I had high hopes for it, because I loved Legend on audio! Unfortunately it didn’t work out for the following reasons:
- Main character was self-pitying. Much of her internal monologue was spent feeling sorry for herself. There were bursts of confidence, but they didn’t last long. And also, I just thought she was kinda stupid. “Here, I will jump out of this window!” “I won’t say anything when I get blackmailed!”
- Nothing felt urgent, despite the technically urgent plot (people “deformed” by an illness many years ago are second class citizens – eh, just feels overdone).
- The narrator annoyed me endlessly. She couldn’t differentiate between male and female very well, because her voice was too high. Her female characters all sounded the same.
- I was bored.
- I was SO FUCKING BORED IT MADE ME SLEEPY.
That last bullet is basically what did me in. I refuse to spend more time listening to it or talking about it. DNF. 🙁