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The Young Elites by Marie Lu
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Jan 22, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: char-mutants, genre-fantasy

This book gave me a bit of a Tigana vibe. A marginalized group; a secret, lost ruler; a disparate group brought together to fight for a noble cause. But, it's different in that this book is told from the point of view of a villain. Not the oppressors, but one of the oppressed, one who wants power and freedom, and one who might betray her companions to get it.

To be honest, I didn't find the protagonist to be a villain (even though the author said she was writing one). I found her to be damaged. Badly hurt. She'd gone through years of abuse because her father hoped it might trigger a latent ability he could profit from, and now all she wants is to be strong and powerful enough to never be hurt again. She's fascinating to read, a truly nuanced character.

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