the midnight star by marie lu (the young elites, book 3)
overall rating: 4.2/5 ⭐️
genre: YA, fantasy
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
i can’t believe it’s over. although my overall rating isn’t super high, i want to explain that i LOVED this book, despite a few technical (?) issues. it’s the perfect conclusion to the young elites trilogy, even though i love and hate the ending. but really, i can’t believe the series is over.
throughout the series, i really became attached to all the characters, especially magiano in books 2 and 3. each character has his/her own quirks, but i wish some of them (violetta and sergio, among others) were developed a little more. it’s also really interesting reading from different characters’ perspective, particularly adelina and raffaele since their minds and situations are so different. however, i took off half a star because i feel like adelina’s character at the beginning of the book is a little TOO unrealistic and too cruel, but i guess that’s also part of her descent into madness.
i absolutely love the relationship between adelina and magiano, but i wish it had developed some more. there are a few super sweet moments, and i love all their interactions—i just wish there were more. i also feel like adelina and violetta’s relationship changes too quickly, and i wish the change was less abrupt. i would have liked to see more specific moments between them, or maybe a glimpse into violetta’s thoughts.
this book has a lot more fantasy elements than the first two books, and i think some parts (regarding the gods of their world) lack some development and explanation. there was a lot of potential for some really amazing world-building, but it felt somewhat thrown in and left without a proper explanation. i really wanted to know more about the different gods and how they affect the world, but i was left slightly confused and disappointed.
the plot, while exciting and engaging, feels a little rushed, especially at the end. a lot of things happen in a short period of time, and i wish there was more development (through dialogue maybe?) and not just action. also, it would have been nice to have a little more background from the previous books, since it’s been a while since i last read the rose society, and i was a little confused at the beginning of the midnight star. the ending, while sad and not entirely satisfying, feels (relatively) realistic, although i wish there was more about the aftermath. still, i really loved the ending, and i don’t think i would have changed it.
finally, the writing is amazing, and marie develops each character’s voice so well. everything flows so well, and her writing isn’t overly descriptive or overly simple. for me, it’s the perfect balance of detail/description and simplicity.
overall, the midnight star is a thrilling conclusion to the young elites, with unique characters and an exciting plot. along the story, you’ll experience so many different emotions, and everything comes together to make the perfect ending.
have you read this? what did you think?