“What is so great about being good?“
Wow. Marie Lu has delivered one of her darkest books and it was so good!
We left off The Young Elites with Adelina being cast out from the Dagger Society. Fueled with hurt and rage, she sets off plotting her revenge against the Inquisition Axis and the band of rebels that gave up on her.
The Rose Society does not suffer the sequel blues. It comes back better, darker, and stronger. I loved every aspect of this book. The plot, new characters, and ending were fantastic.
Adelina is no longer the frail anti-hero we saw before; she is a straight up villain now! At least in my opinion. She is angry, unremorseful, and ambitious; now having her sights set on the throne. I honestly hated her character this time around. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Having Adelina turn into such a monster pushes the plot ahead. She went through rejection, loss, physical and mental abuse her whole life until it turned her into to the people she detested. She took all the pain and fear and anger that was buried deep inside and used it to drive her ambitions. It only fed her lethal power, giving her the strength to leave the dead in her wake. Her character development was one of the best, second to Teren, who slowly became one of my favorite characters. His struggles with his identity and loyalty helped me to become empathetic toward him. I was silently hoping for his redemption, even after the horrors he committed in the last book.
The new characters were also great additions. We meet the mercenary Sergio, the infamous Magiano and the badass Queen Maeve. Magiano was the perfect contrast to Adelina, the fire to her ice. I’m excited to see how their relationship flourishes in The Midnight Star. I would have also liked to see more of the Dagger Society. I wanted more of the new characters. This series is written from multiple points of view, but we get Adelina’s POV 98% of the time. I would have liked to see more of what Raffaele and the crew were up to.
The conflict between the Dagger Society and Adelina’s newly formed Rose Society was a high point. Their dislike for each other come to a head in the final battle and IT IS EPIC! This has to be one of my favorite battle scenes that I’ve ever read. Without saying too much, let’s just say it was jaw-dropping. You’ll just have to read to find out 😊
I was so happy that I had The Midnight Star right on my book shelf when I finished this book. I would recommend The Rose Society to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy. You should think about adding Marie Lu’s work to your shelves, you won’t regret it. Keep a look out for my review of The Midnight Star next week!