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“You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others.” 

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Author: Marie Lu

Trilogy: Book 3 of Young Elites

Publisher:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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Warning if you haven’t read Young Elites or The Rose Society there will be spoilers! Click on Titles below to see my reviews of the first two books!

Young Elites #1

The Rose Society #2

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WOW! This book was a lot darker than the other two books in the series but then again even in the darkest of places there is always a little light that shines though. There are not many books out there that has done what Marie Lu has accomplished in the final book of the Young Elites trilogy. She ended this book with a sense of completion and manage to wrap up all the ties in this book without it feeling forced. I am for once satisfied with an end of an epic trilogy. I still enjoyed Rose Society better but this book came really close to surpassing it.  Let’s discuss my thoughts shall we.

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Midnight Star is centered around the ending of Rose Society. The Young Elites powers that were blessed to them by the hands of the gods are beginning to turn against them. There bodies weren’t meant to handled the god powers. We get to finally see where the blood fever that gave the Malfetto’s their powers originally came from or at least the event that sparked it. In order to save the world we need to get a reunion all up in here to stop the death of world.

“We were never meant to exist, Adelina,” he says. “And we will never exist again. But we cannot take the entire world with us.” He meets my gaze. “No matter how it has wronged us.

Adelina is now the Queen of Kenettra and is search for her sister Violetta after she abandoned her at the end of Rose Society. Adelina’s rule is built on her people fearing her.

“If I’ve learned anything from my past and my present, it’s the power of fear. You can give your subjects all the generosity in the world, and still they will demand more. But those who are afraid don’t fight back. I know this well enough.”

In this book we get to see a darker side of Adelina as her powers begin to turn against her she begins to slowly lose control. The growth in this book that Adelina goes through is truly beautiful. No matter how much the darkness pulls at her there is a light a the end of the tunnel and it has a name Magiano.

“Adelina, stop.”
It is Magiano. Magiano. Stop. The name is a small light, but it is there, and I cling to it in the maelstrom around me. I falter as he reaches me and pulls me into a rough embrace.

Magiano became one of my favorite characters since Rose Society when we first seen him. He is the complete opposite of Adelina where she is full of darkness, he is full of light and joy. He is extremely protective of Adelina and sees her not for the monster that everyone  including herself sees her as. 

None of us are saints. I have seen your darkness, yes, and know your struggle. I won’t deny it.” He touches my chin with one hand. At this gesture, the whispers seem to settle, pushed away where I can’t hear them. “But you are also passionate and ambitious and loyal. You are a thousand things, mi Adelinetta, not just one. Do not reduce yourself to that.” 

I loved the relationship between the two of them and how even when Adelina loses control Magiano is the one to bring her back and make her smile.

Teren in this book is in a way still considered the villain. Pretty much all he has previously been preaching about the Elites is true. I am sure he is having a nice long laugh. Teren has always been a character that I am conflicted about. I can’t decide if I want to hate him or love him. He is a complicated character and let’s just say after the events that took place in Rose Society he is a little unstable. I really did respect the ending that was gave to Teren.

Raffaele is still a character that I don’t really like. Everyone seems to love him, but I still see him as the shady guy who wanted Enzo to kill Adelina in the first book Young Elites and pretended to be her friend. I can’t let it go. He does redeem his self in this book a little for me though. 

 That ending was everything a reader could hope for. Marie Lu wrapped everything up with a scary ending, and then she gave us hope. I don’t think I have ever ended a book series and said I am completely satisfied until now. This whole series was prefect from beginning to end. The only negative I really have about this book is that at the beginning I felt like it dragged out. It seemed to take longer than the others to get to the plot of the book. After we got to main point of this book it was a thrilling ride with twists and surprises around every corner. All in all a wonderful book and an end to an amazing story.

 

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Midnight Star By Marie Lu will be my “M” for the AtoZ Reading Challenge! To see my progress so far click here.

 

 

 

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