It’s been way too long since I posted a review here so I thought I would change that and share my review of The Midnight Star ( the last book in the Young Elites trilogy) by Marie Lu.
It’s a review about the final installment with also considerations about the whole trilogy which has definitely become one I will cherish for a long time.
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 the darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy everything.
When a new danger appears, Adelina must join the Daggers on a perilous quest in order to save herself and preserve her empire. But this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger . . .
DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
I have read this trilogy all together, picking one book after the other non-stop and I think that by doing that I was able to fully immerse myself in this world created by Marie Lu, and thus enjoy the story even more.
When I first picked The Young Elites I was surprised to find out that the main character, Adelina Amouteru, is sort of a villain. Personally, I don’t usually sympathize and enjoy too much characters that belong more to the darker side. This time though, Adelina was a character so well built and developed that I couldn’t help but really care for her until the end. I loved every single character, there wasn’t one I could dislike at the end, either good or bad. Maybe it was Marie Lu’s writing but she made it possible to try and understand where every single character, even Teren, was coming from in their actions and therefore accept them and empathize with them.
Each book in the trilogy was as well written and engaging as the others. There is nothing I would change about them. The only flaw this last book has is that, maybe, it felt a bit rushed. Another 100 pages would have made it more whole. I would have liked for the writer to tell us more about Enzo’s death (and Tristan’s) and how the characters felt about it because it seems like it all happened in two seconds and it was all done and forgotten after that. I also would have appreciated some chapters from Magiano’s point of view. I would have loved to read more about his story, his thoughts, how he fell for Adelina and the reasons he kept loving her until the end.
The finale though was good. I am a sucker for happy endings and redemptions. I don’t think it was foregone though as it definitely also broke my heart.
The last two pages on the folktale about Adelina and Magiano (aaahhh my ship!!) were brilliant: “These are only rumors, of course, and make little more than a story to tell around the fire. But it is told. And thus they live on.”
The whole trilogy was dark, thrilling and heart breaking but hopeful until the end. I loved The Young Elites books immensely; it has definitely become one of my all-time favourite series ever.
The Midnight Star:
Have you read this wonderful dark trilogy? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!If you haven’t yet, as you may have guessed, I highly recommend it!!!
If you haven’t yet, as you may have guessed, I highly recommend it!!!