The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu
Published October 11, 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy
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 Wold 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 that she’s achieved. Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest. Thought this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
“We are doomed to be forever young.”
The Midnight Star starts about a year after The Rose Society ends and we find Adelina has spent the year conquering lands with Magiano and Sergio by her side. While conquering new lands, Adelina is also searching for her sister Violetta, who left at the end of the last book, who she can not seem to find. Teren has been captured and is securely locked away and Adelina has not seen Enzo, Raffaele or any of the other Daggers during that time. The story is told mostly from Adelina’s perspective but just like in the previous books, the point of view occasionally shifts to Teren and Raffele. And even to Violetta towards the end. When Adelina notices that her own powers, as well as Teren’s, are no longer functioning how they should be, she becomes concerned that Raffele’s prediction about the Elite’s power consuming and destroying them might actually be true. Just when she is giving up hope of finding her sister, Raffele sends word to her that her sister is with the Daggers and that her health is starting to fail. Adelina decides that she will go to the Daggers, even if it is a trap in order to find Violetta. Without giving away spoilers, the Young Elites must come together in order to save not only themselves, but their entire world.
I loved this book, as I did the first 2 books. I read the first two books in the last few months so it was nice to read them fairly close together. It’s interesting to watch how Adelina’s character changes so much over the course of the 3 books. I also really love Magiano with Adelina because he seems to calm her down just by being in her presence. And I personally like them together better than I ever did Adelina and Enzo, especially after he came back from the Underworld. That was also an interesting part of this story, to see how much Enzo changed from the person he once was. Raffele as usual was kind and compassionate most of the book and seems to help bring out the best in everyone. Teren actually surprised me with his actions towards the end of the book. The character development in this book is fantastic, is in the rest of the series, I really feel like I know most of the characters pretty well. The world building is also wonderful, especially towards the end of the Elite’s journey in this book. As for the ending, I was actually worried about how this was going to end because of the way Adelina had been throughout the past 2 books but I really, really liked the ending. I think it is quite difficult to end a series where readers have really gotten to know and love the characters; it is sometimes hard to please everyone. But I thought the author did a great job not only wrapping up all of the story lines throughout this book but letting us know about each individual character. I can not imagine a better ending to this book! Happy reading!