The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Summary: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?
The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.
This book is so much darker, so much grittier, than it’s predecessor The Young Elites. Marie Lu takes things to an entirely new level here, and it is simultaneously incredible and frightening.
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Exiled by the people she thought were her friends, Adelina and her younger sister Violetta travel to territories far and wide, hiding and trying to recruit Elites along the way. But Teren, the Prince, and the Dagger Society are hot on her trail and are desperate to stop her, no matter the cost.
Adelina is not a heroine. She is a dark, twisted individual who has a thirst for vengeance against those who have wronged her, and she will stop at nothing until she gets it.
I will keep you until the day I choose not too. You have destroyed and harm all that is dear to me. In return, I want you to know what that feels like. I will not kill you. I will keep you alive. I will torture you. Until your soul is dead.
She is such a complex character, yet she is so well developed. Marie manages to really get into the mind of what makes a villain and the psychology behind them, and puts all that knowledge into Adelina’s character.
The strange thing is, despite Adelina’s somewhat corrupt sense of justice and what a horrible person she is, at the same time you can’t help but root for her. She is one of the best written antiheroes I’ve read about in literature, and her development is absolutely amazing.
If I had any complaints about this, it would be the pacing. The pacing is not nearly as fast as it was in The Young Elites, and I wish it was sped up just a bit.
All in all, despite some rather minor reservations, this was the sequel I have been waiting for. And if the ending has any indication, we are in for a hell of a third book. I can’t wait.