The Young Elites by Marie Lu series

A continuation of the story started in The Young Elites, this installment sees Adelina grow as a character, and as an elite. She becomes more powerful; she becomes more sure of herself; she becomes more terrifying.

One thing I like about this series is it doesn't shy away from showing main characters making terrible decisions, from being cruel, from being morally gray. Adelina, though the story's protagonist, is not your traditional hero. She does not work for the common good; she is not selfless and sacrificing. Rather, she is out for revenge - something all of us have wished for at one point in time or another.

Adelina's relationship with her sister grows, then suffers a blow, and I think this has a profound impact on Adelina (read the book, you'll see why). I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Magiano. More of him. Always more.

Marie Lu is fabulous at writing dark fantasy. It's hard to do this genre well, but Lu's storytelling/world building/character development skills are on point, and she does amazing work with this series.
Cover of book The Young Elites
book 1
7.77 / 10
Cover of book The Rose Society
book 2
8.7 / 10