The Midnight Star by Marie Lu is the concluding book of the Young Elites trilogy. Adelina must confront the growing darkness in her and decide whether her sister’s life is worth rejoining with her friends-turned-enemies to save the world. If you’ve been wondering what these Young Elite powers really are, this is the book for you!
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Midnight Star from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Narrated by Carla Corvo, Lannon Killea
(The Young Elites #3)
Published by GP Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on Oct. 11th, 2016
Genres: Dark Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 316 pages
Audio Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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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.
- Since Adelina is an anti-hero, I really wasn’t sure how things were going to be wrapped up. I’m happy to say that I found the ending satisfying in that it was believable and didn’t force any of the characters to stray too far outside of their core personalities. I also found some of the twists quite imaginative and different than your typical fantasy ending, yey!
- I had always thought of this trilogy as your typical super-hero gang story, but things turn notably more epic and world-changing in this final book. There have been hints along the way that the Young Elite powers have strings, but what those strings really are turns out to be pretty epic.
- I love it when a magic system suddenly clicks together logically as we find out the final details about it. What had at first seemed to be fairly random powers and afflictions made a lot more sense to me after finishing Midnight Star.
- At its core, this trilogy is really about the love between Adelina and Violetta and whether that love is enough to keep Adelina from going off the deep end of evil. I liked how there are romance plot lines in the background, but those aren’t the driving force behind Adelina’s actions.
- I tried the audiobook for this final volume and I wasn’t thrilled with the narration. There are a male and female narrator for the different points of view and I didn’t like their attempts at voicing the characters and the whiny personality that Adelina was portrayed with.
- The two halves of this book felt very different to me. The first half was sort of what I was expecting but a bit slow and then the second half is where the true scope of things becomes clear and the interesting plot begins. So hold on for the second half I guess?
The Midnight Star is a solid conclusion to an innovative and imaginative fantasy trilogy. I love female anti-heroes and powers with significant consequences and don’t think those two things occur often enough in fantasy. Be aware that the first half of the book is a bit slow, but hold on for that epic ending.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
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