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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marie Lu Narrator: Carla Corvo, Lannon Killea Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Young Elites Series Release Date:
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“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.”

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.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible…There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The year’s most talked-about teen book breaks your heart twice, first with the knife-edged beauty of its prose, then with a disorienting ending that will send you racing back to page one to read it all over again.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Lu pivots from the ‘coming of age via romance’ formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love… There’s nothing easy here, for Adelina or readers—there are no safe places where the pressures of betrayal, death threats, and rejection aren’t felt.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lu seamlessly melds an unforgettable and intoxicating historical fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist that grapples with an issue experienced by all young adults—acceptance of one’s self…Lu’s new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Readers should prepare to be captivated—and to look forward to a continuation of the Young Elites series.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this fourteenth-century fantasy from Marie Lu, in a world where ‘fear is power’… The overriding epic fantasy will keep readers hooked for book two, which teases to be a game changer. Bring it on.”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “The taut, tightly packed narrative provides an engaging mix of pulse-quickening fight scenes, heart-stopping near escapes, touching interpersonal interludes, and devastating betrayals.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “A must for fans of…totally immersive fantasies.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Lu weaves her magic across the page as she unfolds the story of Adelina and the Young Elites. Nothing is as it is expected.”

    VOYA

  • “Narrators Carla Corvo and Lannon Killea bring a similar intensity to their portrayals of Adelina and Teren…The narrators’ tones reflect each character’s motivations. Corvo deftly portrays the intensity of Adelina’s passion and the depths of her anger. Killea’s cold, restrained delivery shows Teren’s near-obsessive self-discipline.”

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  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014 for Teens
  • An Amazon Best Book of 2014 for Teens and Young Adults

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alberto Rosado | 12/26/2015

    " This book is one of the best books I have read. It keeps you wanting more. I highly recommend it to anyone. "

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