The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Title: The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites, #2
Pages: 395
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 13th, 2015

       “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?”

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“I have never known the mind of a wolf hunting a deer, but I imagine it must feel a little like this: the twisted excitement of seeing the weak and wounded cowering before you, the knowledge that, in this instant, you have the power to end its life or grant it mercy. In this moment, I am a god.”

Marie Lu’s The Rose Society, the sequel to The Young Elites, follows Adelina as she walks further down a dark path that’s fed by loss, guilt, betrayal, and the thirst for revenge. This series is unique in that it gives insight into a protagonist who will eventually become a villain. In The Young Elites, Adelina first discovers her power, but is then cast out by those she once regarded as friends. In The Rose Society, Adelina begins to discover just how powerful she truly is and how far she is willing to go for vengeance. Though Adelina’s desire to stop the Inquisition is justified in their mistreatment of malfettos, the darkness within her tempts her to go to further extremes in abolishing those who have wronged those like her.

The Rose Society introduces several new characters including Magiano, the first Elite Adelina attempts to recruit. An infamous Elite known for his uncanny ability at thievery, Magiano was by far my favorite character. He brought lightness and mischief to Adelina’s dark world. We also get more acquainted with Queen Maeve of Beldain, whose unusual ability plays a key role in the novel. The most interesting relationship was the one between Adelina and her sister Violetta. It is Violetta’s presence that functions as a constant for Adelina, but it’s also a relationship that exposes the protagonist’s inability to trust completely. I’d really like more insight into Violetta’s mindset and am hoping to see more of her in the next book.

The Rose Society is an excellent sequel which explores the often volatile psyche of its protagonist. Adelina constantly struggles between darkness and light, illusion and reality, friend and foe. I’m eagerly awaiting the final book to see how her Adelina’s story ends.

Rating: 4/5


8 thoughts on “The Rose Society by Marie Lu

  1. Would you believe that I have not ready any Lu books? Gasp. I have her entire Legend trilogy on my Kindle. It’s just a matter of time. =) This new series sounds very exciting as well. What’s most intriguing is your description of the relationship between Adelina and Violetta. I don’t have a sister – three brothers!- so that relationship really calls out to me. Very nice review.

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    1. I’ve only read Legend by her (which I wasn’t in love with but people tell me the books get better) before starting this series. I picked it up because someone kept recommending it and while the first book wasn’t amazing, this second book really impressed me. I feel you, Lonna, I only have brothers as well!

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