This Book Spotlight post is featuring an upcoming book. Projected release date is OCTOBER 2014. Yes, THREE months away, but the year is going by so fast for me, it’s almost like I’m insane and have lost track of time. Anyway, it’s by Marie Lu – the very same author of the future-dystopian-militarized trilogy of Legend (book 1), Prodigy (book 2), and Champions (book 3 – final).
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Note: This may not be the final cover for the book.
Summary: Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
Comments: I enjoyed reading Lu’s Legend and Prodigy. What I am most curious about is the setting. It seems to be a mixture of semi-renaissance (or colonial) AND Arabian Nights-esque based on the clothing alone. How do I know this? I don’t for sure. I’m just speculating. Lu happens to be an artist too and she has drawn out sketches of her characters. Take a look below – an example of her work or really (you should) visit her Deviant Art gallery here: Marie Lu’s Deviant Art Page.
The folks fan-girling/boying over at Goodreads are saying this novel is Assassin Creed (a video game – for those of you who don’t play or pay attention to video games… though look up a video game trailer on youtube… and you will get the reference/comparison…. oh heck here I’ll do it for you:
… folks are saying this is Assassin’s Creed meets X-Men. I can see why they would make that correlation. However, I do not want to set my expectations too high to let myself down in the end. But I do want to read this book. LIKE NOW.
Are you interested?