Review: THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie LuThe Rose Society by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #2
Also in this series: The Young Elites
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on October 13th 2015
Pages: 416
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic
Also by this author: The Young Elites
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From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru's heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?
Bestselling author and New York Times proclaimed "hit factory" Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.
From the Hardcover edition.

This was so much darker then the first book, THE YOUNG ELITES. THE ROSE SOCIETY tells more of the story of Adelina, who is joined now by her sister Violetta. Adeline has broken away from The Young Elites and decides to get revenge on Teren, who killed Enzo. She decides to form her own faction of Young Elites. Adelina just has to control her own power, which takes over a bit after she kills someone. Between her sister, who can take away power, and a certain new character named Magiano, Adelina just might have a chance for revenge against Teren.

In this story, we see so much more of the world Marie Lu has created. It is no longer just the story of Adelina, it is bigger and encompasses the politics of this world. There is also the matter of The Daggers, who think Adelina has completely exited the scene. Little do the know, Adelina has much bigger plans. She finds a character named Magiano who challenges her. His devotion to Adelina adds a little romance to this otherwise ruthless story of a girl struggling with her dark side.

At some point in the reading of this, I thought maybe Adelina was suffering from a mental illness. She has a very dark side. She hears voices, sometimes they take over. She hallucinates and sees the people she killed. It’s a scary thing for her, but sometimes she embraces the darkness. I am on the fence about how to feel about that. I wanted to root for her, but she has some terrible personality flaws.

This story is packed with adventure. I loved the risks the characters take in this story. There is killing and rebirth in this story. That’s all I can say about that. It seems like everyone of the characters is out of their element at some point. The sad part was seeing Adelina and the Daggers on opposite ends. She trusted them, the they cast her out. Now she just wants them all dead, or does she. I was sure going into this story that the Daggers would take Adelina back. She kinda wanted them to despite everything that transpired when she was with them. In the end, Adelina ends up exactly where she should be.

The writing in THE ROSE SOCIETY is pretty brilliant. The world building is even better than the first book as the scope is so much bigger. I couldn’t be happier with the way this book ended. I can’t wait to read the conclusion to Adelina’s story.

My Rating

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The Young Elites Series

About Marie Lu

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

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