Review – The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu

 

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3)

By Marie Lu

SummaryThe 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. 

Source: I purchased a hardcover

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Review:

I absolutely loved The Midnight Star and the conclusion to the trilogy as a whole. I teared up a bit at the end and I expected to be wholly disappointed because I didn’t see a way for Adelina to be anything other than a villain and the author surprised me with the entire plot of this book. I did not see the series going in this direction, but it’s a direction I’m glad of now.

Like many other reviewers, I thought The Midnight Star was really short when all signs pointed to complete chaos that needed at least a million pages to be sorted all out, right? And while I’m sad it ended so quickly, I think I’m actually satisfied with the length in that I’m left wondering about just enough to feel that perfect combination of satisfaction and disappointment that a good ending seems to bring me. I wanted more, but I hate when authors beat a plot to death. The whole book took a turn that I did NOT expect. 

I’m left feeling like the ending was absolutely perfect and that the beauty of it all is that everyone had to go through their own trials and tribulations to be brought to the breaking point. The reason for the madness, the voices, the hatred that flowed through Adelina.. it was explained in a unique and mythological way that I appreciated.

The story was beautiful and I love the way it ended. I grew to actually love Adelina, a villain I was sure would only leave me cold and angry. I loved the quotes at the beginning of the chapters and the snippets of legends that had such relevance to the plot. The story was brilliant and well executed. Everything connected in a unique way. The Young Elites trilogy could’ve easily been about a naive girl clinging to the mysterious Enzo and learning her powers, going on Dagger adventures and having to solve some sort of conflict and then there would be swoony moments, which is sort of what I expected, and instead it was a story about something else altogether and I just love being surprised by stories like this. 

Star 5

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