The Young Elites (Young Elites Novel) (Paperback)

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I absolutely loved Marie Lu's earlier series Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. I was overjoyed to discover she had a new series in the works. The Young Elites is the first book and is just as wonderful. I tore through it and am so excited that there's going to be more! In the Elites a small group of children who survive a blood plague manifest unusual powers as they grow into teens. People fear them, and the government is trying to kill them. Sixteen year old Adelina must navigate this treacherous landscape while discovering the alarming and exhilarating power within her. Marie Lu will be coming to our store on October 19th to read from a talk about the second Young Elite book The Rose Society. I'm excited to see where the next installment leads and to meet one of my very favorite authors!
— From Patti H.


An explosive new series from New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, Marie Lu

Darth Vader, Voldemort, Maleficent. Witness the rise of a new villain.

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.

Books in the series:

The Young Elites (The First Book of The Young Elites)
The Rose Society (The Second Book of The Young Elites)

About the Author

Marie Lu ( is the author of the New York Times bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780147511683
ISBN-10: 0147511682
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: August 25th, 2015
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Young Elites Novel