Series: The Young Elites #3
Published by Penguin on October 11th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
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The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from "hit factory" Marie Lu
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She's turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina's forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest--though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.
“You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others.”
The Midnight Star was fantastic! In fact I enjoyed it even more then The Rose Society. Adelina is now queen, but has lost the one person who meant the most to her – Violet. Her sister has fled Adelina and her demons, leaving Adelina surrounded by enemies. Luckily, Adelina still has Magiano by her side, but if she doesn’t tread carefully she may lose him, too. Meanwhile, the Daggers look for a way to stop Adelina’s reign of terror.
I thought that Marie Lu ended the series very nicely. She tied up all loose ends, and gave a reasonable ending to all the characters. Whether we loved them, or loved to hate them, everyone got what they deserved and more. The characters were so complex, that my feelings for them became complex over the course of reading the series. Lu even made me cry for the villainous Adelina when bad things befell her. Not only did Adelina get major story, but so did all of the other characters we’ve come to know.
Violet felt even more fleshed out in the novel, and I discovered that I liked her even more than before. Even though she’s Adelina’s Yin to her Yang, the two also have a lot in common. Both females are strong individuals, and very stubborn. While Magiano and Adelina’s relationship grows to a new romantic level in this novel, I really feel as if the true love story was that of the two sisters. Speaking of Magiano, I think I love him even more after reading this.
Overall, this was a wonderful novel. The pace is steady throughout, and I found it difficult to put this book down. The characters are well-developed and complex. When the lead is a villain, it can be difficult to root for them. However, Adelina is a character worth rooting for. Plus, it was interesting seeing what it was that turned a frightened young girl into an evil queen. A reminder that the concepts of “good” and “evil” are not so easily defined. Though Adelina was a monster to many, she was loved by those closest to her. If you’re interested in a fairy tale story that’s not the same as all the others, then you definitely want to give Marie Lu’s The Young Elites a try.