The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Published on October 11, 2016
Series: The Young Elites, #3
Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, young adult
Format & Length: e-book, 416
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There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s 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, Adelina’s 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 quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
This final installment to The Young Elites trilogy was a very enjoyable, quick read.
There were several things that I liked about this book. The fact that we got to see both Magiano’s and Teren’s memories and gained further insight into both of their characters helped to round the story out. I enjoyed the fictional folklore that Lu wove throughout all three novels, which somehow made it all feel more realistic despite the fact that it’s obviously not real. And I especially appreciated that there was romance but it wasn’t the focus. Instead, the core of this story centers around the powerful love between two sisters.
Unfortunately, I still wanted more. I hate to say that I was a bit underwhelmed, but after letting this percolate in my head for awhile after finishing, I wonder why I didn’t rate it a three? Especially with reading this after Red Rising, this seemed like an exceptionally simple read, and much less complex than either The Young Elites or The Rose Society. I think it comes down to how caught up I was in finding out how it would all end. Which, in it’s own way, is a testament to how captivating Lu’s writing is.
Overall, I was satisfied with the way The Midnight Star completed this story, and it did keep me entertained. If young adult fantasy is your thing, definitely give this trilogy a shot.