Review: The Young Elites

The Young Elites
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a solid story with an interesting premise (a plague results in teens developing special abilities, which they do not always use for good, which has lead to an Inquisition, and to protest the government’s genocide, a group of the powered teens forms to fight back), but something’s off for me. I delayed in writing the review, because I thought I liked the story, on the whole, but now feel standoffish.

The more time that passes, the less I feel inclined to pick up book two, which has surprised me. It’s been almost 2 weeks, and I have book 2 handy but have read 5 other books, rather than starting it.

There’s something about this world that has kept me from being as excited as I wanted to be about this book. It’s one of those that instead of wanting to hold it close, I’m holding it out at arm’s length, and I can’t decide if I want to be drawn in. I’d like to provide some logical explanation for what it is exactly that has caused me to step back, but I’m confused.

It might have something to do with the fact that I can’t find a side I want to be on. I think each side is wrong and chooses to do terrible things, so I have no idea who I should be routing for. I’m disappointed in everyone’s behaviors, not that I expect any of them to be perfect. Mistakes happen. I just find all the actions to be upsetting and depressing, so I can’t root for anyone to win, as I don’t trust anyone to do better in this screwed up world.

Also, while I find some of the characters fascinating, I don’t really love any of them, so maybe that’s why I am not anxious to continue reading their story. I can’t seem to emotionally invest.

3.5 stars, but I’ve rounded up as it held my attention and had potential.

Pages: 384

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