The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) By Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers-Released: October 13, 2015
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?
My Thoughts: Before I get into this review, I would just like to say that with some sequels, they suffer from what I call the “Second Book Curse”, where it just doesn’t live up or does worse than the first one. However, after reading Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy, there is one thing that she is great at and that is sequels. (Obviously she also great with trilogies too :’D) She really understands her characters and is able to develop them even further with each novel. After reading The Young Elites last year, I was surprised at how dark Adelina was. I didn’t think she could get much darker, but after reading The Rose Society, I was wrong. Wanting to get revenge on those who wronged her, she sets out on a quest to find a new group of elites and prove to them how powerful she is.
What Marie Lu is also great at, is writing differing POV’s. With the new perspectives in this book, they all had their own voice and it was easy to differ them from each other.
Adelina is much darker in this book and you can tell, with the plans she develops and her inner thoughts of others around her. I really loved Magiano in this book. He was a great addition to Adelina’s team. What I was waiting for was Enzo’s return! And once he did, sadly we knew he wouldn’t be the same.
Being a hollow shell of what he once was, he becomes more powerful and is able to control who is linked to (Adelina) and vice-versa. Teren, losing faith in Giulietta, joins Adelina’s team and kills Giulietta out of anger and feeling betrayed. I honestly did not think he would end up going through with that.
By the end, Adelina takes control and out of anger of what is revealed of the Elites powers, she lashes out at Violetta. With a darkness running through her, she now rules with an empty feeling inside her.
Overall, this book is a huge leap from book one. With more character development and plot twists to keep you guessing for the next book.
The only reason I took away 1/2 a star is b/c, I feel like with Marie’s new series, I don’t really feel connected to the setting/world like I did with the Legend Trilogy. But maybe once book 3 comes I will have a better grasp of the world.
If you read The Rose Society, what are your thoughts? 🙂