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The Young Elites, by Marie Lu

the young eliteThe Young Elites by Marie Lu
Review by Emily Neumann

The Young Elites was a magnificent book about an outcast teenage girl. Adelina Amouteru was one of the few children that survived the blood fever. Many years ago, a deadly illness swept through the town killing most of the people it infected and left the children that survived with strange markings. Adelina’s beautiful black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and where her left eye once was lies a terrible jagged scar. Her cruel father believes that Adelina is a rare malfetto, ruining their family’s wonderful past and fortunes. But some of the malfetto are rumored to possess more than just scars, but magical and powerful gifts. They hide their identities and are known as the young elites. Will Adelina possess a power of her own and become one of them? Or has she betrayed someone she loves most?
Marie Lu writes in a heart touching way making you feel the pain inside Adelina and how she overcomes it. For example, when she jumps off the roof to make her escape from her father, you can feel your muscles tense and pull as  she lands, sprawling across the ground. Your heart races as Adelina makes escape after escape being so close to death. This novel is full of adventure and you can never put it down. Each page makes you want to read more and more. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and breath-holding risks.

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