The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Published October 13th 2015 by Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
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 flees Kenettra with her sister 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?
Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.
“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all.”
Adelina is out for revenge, and is looking for people who could help her achieve it. The book is generally darker than The Young Elites, and we got a glimpse of how dark Adelina can really get.
Adelina’s development in this book gets even scarier. She’s a character I’ve loved from the beginning, and I love her even more. We saw more of her her fears, pains, and motivations as she finally gains control of her powers. I think she’s my favourite female protagonist so far.
“I can win the same things in life with fear, with power. What is the point of searching for love, when love is nothing but an illusion?”
I also liked the new characters. Sergio also has an amazing power, he kind of reminds me of Six from the Lorien Legacies with his power. And we finally got to meet the famous Magiano! Admittedly, he isn’t what I expected him to be, and I’m saying this in a good way. (He also kind of reminds me of Warner from Shatter Me cause of “love”, lol).
Maeve does the thing we’re all hoping for her to do, but she has her own motives for doing it as well. It goes exactly the way we expected it to be. Expected, not hoped. Teren is every bit of the villain he was in the first book, only now he seems to become even more insane. And I loved how Violetta had more of a role in this book.
The story was more fast paced than The Young Elites, and keeps readers on edge. The Rose Society, I’d have to say, is an amazing sequel.