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The Young Elites vs the Hype-O-Meter // review and showdown combination

In an unfortunate turn of events, I will be starting school on Wednesday. Wednesday. As in like three days from now. The 11th of August??????? ELEVENTH!!!! Thinking??? Ice breakers?? It all makes me want to cry. 

Speaking of wanting to cry (not in a good way) (please hold the applause for the smoothest transition on earth)… do we remember the project Rachel and I announced a couple weeks back?? When we were all mysterious and pitching the idea of the hype-o-meter here and here?? Where we pit popular books against it to see if it measures up against the hype?? Any bells?? 

Well, the time has come. Our first hype-o-meter showdown. Young Elites vs. The Hype-O-Meter *insert dramatic game show music*

Book: The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu

Published October 7th 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: ebook and audiobook

content warnings

Murder, Torture, Violence, Death

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina 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.

Teren 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. 

Enzo 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. 

Adelina 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.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. 

I guess I should start with the fact that I liked Legend. Ok? I enjoyed it. Was it a fantastic dystopian world?? Not really. Did the font choice make me want to scream into the abyss?? Yeah. But in the end, I was emotionally invested and Marie Lu made me feel too many feelings. Not sure how to feel about this one though. 

I guess at its heart, it just felt sort of basic?? I wanted so much more.

Starting with the fact that this would have been so much better if it was grittier. Darker. The writing totally threw me out of the mood. I wanted it to be more lush. More vivid. Give me all the darkness and angst. And not the whiny sort of angst, the actual morally grey, internal conflict sort of angst. 

First person just didn’t cut it, resulting in a younger feel that was way more chill. Adelina lacked direction as a character, which made the narration often feel repetitive and winding. I think that third person would have made the story directionally a bit clearer as well as a bit grittier. 

That being said, third person worked for Adelina’s character arc, especially as she came to terms with her powers, but ultimately it put a damper the atmosphere of the story and made me want to hit something. Girl was confused and was basically the walking incarnation of oh no! basically the whole time. Arg. 

The girl spent the entirety of the book being confused and indecisive. There were so many directional possibilities this could have gone, instead we just trotted around in a giant circle. I needed more commitment to the plot and less being pulled back and forth. 

Ok this book is what every emo tumblr kid in middle school thinks they were. And I mean that as an insult. It really didn’t work for me. Maybe it would work as a phaser into the young adult genre, or someone who is a big fan of fantasy written in first person. But I am neither of these things, which means the hype-o-meter must firmly decree that this is a nay. 

But wait! There’s more! For more thoughts and another equally showstopping battle against the hype-o-meter, be sure to check out Rachel’s thoughts here!!!

Have you read The Young Elites?? What did you think??

19 thoughts on “The Young Elites vs the Hype-O-Meter // review and showdown combination

  1. The premise of this book definitely sounds very similar to at least one other YA series I can think of, so I would have hoped Lu would have done something original with it. A shame to hear it wasn’t anything special. And yes – the font choices in Legend. Why does Day have his own special font? Choices were made…

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    1. yeah it just gave off 2010s era fantasy vibes. not all bad, but combined with not being in the mood for fantasy, i think this book and i were destined for disaster. thank you!!! who approved that????? literally who. it was so difficult to read??? and for what??? literally why. anyway. happy reading : )

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  2. ah school, what a tyrant, all the best man!! and i’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy the young elites, personally i loved adelina’s angsty personality haha but i do get what you meant by the book going round and round! excited to see more of these hype-o-meter posts! ❤

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    1. gah thank you. the first weeks have been rough, so hopefully it starts running a bit more smoothly soon. haha it’s def an aquired taste! by any chance did you continue with the series?? if you did, what were your thoughts on the next books?? worth the read, in your opinion?? thank you so much Cherelle <33

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  3. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this book, its one of the top priority books in my TBR, and I was really looking forward to reading it. Now I’m having second thoughts. But Great review!! Loved reading your thoughts!! haha, the font for legend… yeah

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    1. yeahh the raving on this one did not match up with reality for me, sadly. legend is so addicting for no reason and is bound to end in pain (because it features the saddest trope to ever exist) so you have fun with it lol. thank you so much and happy reading Birdie!!

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  4. Somehow I missed this post a while back and only saw it when I was scrolling through my reader for my favorite posts of the month part of my wrap up…ANYWAY I’m glad I’m not the only one who enjoyed this one! I read it a while, so I might have been a little young to read it, but I just remember disliking it a lot, and having to force my way through it, which honestly might have been a first at that time for me (like I said. I read it a WHILE ago). Great review! (and I love the hype-o-meter)

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