Author : Marie Lu
Publisher : Penguin Young Readers Group
ISBN : 9780698174191
About The Midnight Star
The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from hit factory Marie Lu
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. Shes 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, Adelinas 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 questthough this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.
The Midnight Star Review
I loved it. It was sad and suspencefull and awesome all at once. My favourite series that Marie Lu has written so far. The charecters are
Adelinas story comes to its conclusion in this plot wrought with world-ending stakes. A year after the ending of The Rose Society, the queen of her own kingdom and the Sunlands, she has been expanding her empire through brute force, and ruling them through fear and intimidation. Her powers, as predicted by Rafaelle, have been working against her, whispering paranoia in her mind and giving her nightmares and hallucinations. In short, she is Not Okay. Meanwhile, a kingdom away, Rafaelle has been hitting the library books hard, and in his research, finds legends that might explain the powers of the Young Elites, and a possible way to save them from their own powers. Violetta finally falling sick is the catalyst for them to pursue onward, both Adelina and Rafaella. As they all have to band together on the most awkward squad trip, the characters get a chance to resolve, if not settle, all the bad blood between them. This book was rough to read mainly because I have an unconscious aversion to reading finales of the series, and because of all the things Adelina is going through, and doing because of it. Her journey as a character has not been a heroic one, as we all know, because she gives in to her fear and holds tightly to what power she has. So for her to go on a dangerous journey, one which may cost her her powers, is a complicated choice to explain and Lu does it well. It is different in its form than the previous two books, as it is less about the backstabbing and politics, and more about a quest. As for the ending, it felt very natural in the conclusion it gave to one of the most important character arcs. One of the things that I didnt like about it was how it felt a bit rushed towards the end, compared to the time it takes to set up the events for that ending. Another was Magiano who was merely a Love Interest Trope that wasnt used well in the story, especially with the way the epilogue described their relationship. It felt there wasnt enough time given to develop them, and with the year-long jump it is like we missed out on that part of it. Overall, though, it satisfied me immensely as a conclusion.
Summary: Adelina is ready to use her thorne and powers to achieve revenge on the unmarked ones. Without her sister by her side, she will have to depend heavily on Sergio and Magiano to keep the whispers at bay. When the Gods come calling wanting their power back, the elites will have to put aside their differences and work together to save each other and the world. Can Adelina calm the whispers in her head enough to get the job done? Will the elites be willing to give back their powers to the Gods and live normal lives? Characters: Roses Adelina, Queen of the Sealands, power: can casted illusions around anybody, aka White Wolf Sergio, always looking out for Adelina, power: can make it rain aka Rainmaker Magiano, great Prince of thieves, loves to sing and play the lute, power: can mimic other elites power and use them for his benefit. aka Wanderer Daggers Raffaele, Wants to find and help elites control and live with their powers, power: can sense each and every thread in the world, everything that connects with everything else, aka Messenger Enzo, former Crown Prince of Kenterra, died once and was bought back, but came back with darkness, power: can pull fire from his hands from a heat source, aka The Reaper Violetta, wants daggers to help Adelina, Adelina's sister, power: can sense the energy of other elites and block their powers, aka The Puppet Master Lucent, companion to Queen Maeve, power, power: can control the wind, aka Windwalker Queen Maeve, Queen of Beldish power: able to bring people back from the dead Teren, not a dagger or a rose. But is an elite, made it his life's work to kill and torture other elites. power: able to heal himself Quote: "you cannot harden your heart to the future, just because of your past. You can not use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others." -Violetta Final Thoughts: Marie Lu can sure write amazing action scenes. The book did have some weak slow moments. I thought Midnight Star was a good conclusion to the Young Elites series. I love books that have a map it adds to the story. I enjoyed at the end the Midnight Star folktale, so romantic. The A on the cover being swords (daggers) was the thing I loved about the cover. There just something about a book cover that gets me interested or not.
Very Satisfying ending to the story. Beautifully written. I really enjoyed reading it and am looking foward to whatever comes next from this author.
6 stars, at least. Not a long read, but it packed a serious punch. I could not have envisioned a more beautiful, meaningful end to what has been a memorable, exciting journey with new characters and a unique world. I loved these books so much, and MIDNIGHT STAR reigned supreme. The story was fairly linear, but this was about the characters coming to the end of their journey. And what a journey it was. This is emotional fantasy writing at its best, accompanied by Lu's eloquent voice, gorgeous descriptions, and rich mythology. The action was exciting and every character got their own moment in the spotlight as we say goodbye (too soon!). I felt like I was on a journey with everyone as the Elites face the consequences of their actions and make choices that will affect them and their entire world. But what stuck with me the most was the ending. THE ENDING. I can't even. It was BEAUTIFUL, and couldn't have been more perfect. I had to fight to hold my tears back in public when I finished it this morning. I'm tearing up now just thinking about it. The last twenty or so pages broke my heart and I couldn't have been more grateful for the pain. This series exceeded my high expectations, and MIDNIGHT STAR will always remain a book that struck me in the feels exactly the way I hoped it would. This is not a series to miss out on. Thank you Marie!