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 that she’s achieved.
Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and 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.
Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.
Will contain minor spoilers! My favorite quotes from this novel are also presented throughout my review!
THE MIDNIGHT STAR was one of my most anticipated books of this year, and I’m so thrilled to have been able to read this thrilling finale. Of course, Marie Lu did not disappoint, and I’m proud to say that she’s kept her place on my favorite authors list.
“What if the gods sent you, and indeed the rest of us, not because we were never meant to be, but because we were always meant to be?”
THE MIDNIGHT STAR follows Adelina and her Roses as well as the Dagger society while they try to figure out how to fix the problem with all of the Elites slowly dying. As such, they must band together to journey to the place where the real world connects to the Underworld. I personally read this book more quickly than I had the previous two books but the plot was just as, if not more, exhilarating.
The Young Elites were the flash of light in a stormy sky, the fleeting darkness before dawn. Never have they existed before, not shall they ever exist again.
Adelina’s character was developed even more throughout this novel. I’m a huge sucker for character development, and the sacrifices that she made still proves that she’s more than a villain in this series—she has a conscience, despite how her actions may prove otherwise. I was pretty surprised to read the fates of all of the characters, but I definitely enjoyed how Lu ended this trilogy.
“You are a light. And when you shine, you shine bright.”
The romance in this novel was very swoonworthy, especially between Adelina and Magiano! There will be more closure in terms of the love triangle, if you’re wondering! Although I adored the romance, I loved the bond between Violetta and Adelina even more. Adelina has done such dark things, but it’s clear that she’s not totally villainous. (Or maybe she is.) Adelina’s bond with her sister and the lengths that Adelina will go to save her just gave me chills.
So we wait together as we drift silently through the stars.
Overall, THE MIDNIGHT STAR leaves readers with a bittersweet ending and will leave you a crying mess (like me). If you haven’t read THE YOUNG ELITES series yet, I would definitely recommend it! Marie Lu’s writing has once again left me in awe, and I can’t wait to read her next works.
Thank you to the publisher for providing an advancer reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Quotes are from the ARC and are subject to change in the finished copy.
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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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