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