The Young Elites is a darker fantasy version of The Darkest Minds. Okay well it is to me anyways. This is why...POWERS. Sickness/disease/plague.
The difference bet-><-ween the two though Ruby and her friends stuck together.
The Young Elites makes you root for the bad guys. I know you're thinking why the hell would you do that right? The Young Elites is not a heroine book. The MC does not walk out of this story fulfilling some awesome destiny. She doesn't save the day. Nobody praises her with gifts and riches. This book is for those who love villains. I can't say that I'm proud of any of the characters. They all had crappy motives. They all used one another to gain something else that would better benefit them. Heroes don't do that. I know it sounds like I'm against the book, but I'm actually not! I loved Marie Lu's writing and the way she twists her characters. Not one of them seemed to live a happy childhood. Even ones that did...didn't. You'll understand if you read it. One can't truly be happy if there are secrets hidden.
I can say while I wasn't proud of the choices the characters made that in some situations I can see why they did what they did. My family would come first over strangers any day (even if I couldn't stand them at times.) I think I definitely had a love/hate relationship with all the characters. While none of them were weak, they're actions spoke words. If I had to choose one I would say Enzo was probably my favorite because he believes a little bit more in Adelina than the others.
I enjoyed Marie Lu's Legend (I only read the first book. The other two are on my shelf) It was one of the first Dystopians I read besides Enclave and Divergent. Just like that this is one of the first Fantasies I've really read and got into. (I should really read Graceling or The Girl of Fire and Thorns now.) Usually the world building just seems so far-fetched, and I get that it's suppose to, but I spend time trying to figure it out that I don't enjoy what I'm reading. So I try to not focus so much on the names and places, and more on the story at hand. Once I did that...it worked.
The ending for me pretty much sucked because I wanted a satisfying ending for certain characters. It just means I will be waiting
impatiently for the second book which is The Rose Society.