Title: The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Published: 13th October 2015
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Summary: Adelina Amouteru’s heart is set on revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. The leader of the Inquisition wants her dead, and her former friends at the Dagger Society want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when their very existence depends on darkness?
*This review contains spoiler for the first book in the series!
After adoring The Young Elites, the first book in this series, I was super excited to get stuck back into its world by reading The Rose Society. This book didn’t amaze me quite as much as the previous one but I still had lots of fun reading it. And this trilogy is quickly becoming a new favourite.
The thing that I loved most about the first book in this series was the main protagonist Adelina. And in this second book that was no different! In this novel we see Adelina detioriate further into darkness as she continues to carry out dreadful acts fuelled by her desire for control. It makes such a pleasant change reading a YA series with such an immoral heroine. It’s strange that she’s such an evil character but, somehow, I can’t help but love her.
Adelina is not the only intriguing character in this story. The side characters are wonderfully developed and also have an edge to them. Some new characters are introduced in this story, the most significant being Magiano. Magiano is a trickster but he has a light to him that contrasts Adelina’s dark personality. I really enjoyed his character and he made a welcome addition to Adelina’s new society of Elites. Violetta also plays a bigger part in this novel and it was great having the sisterly relationship between her and Adelina highlighted over course of this story.
“The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.”
We also get to delve deeper into the complex relationship between Teren and his queen, showing a new side to his character that almost makes me sympathetic towards him. One minor complaint I have is that we didn’t see enough of the Daggers in this novel. They were a major part of the first book so I expected to see a bit more of them in this story (but that might just be me being picky). Also there’s another love triangle thrown into the mix in this book which I didn’t really like. I found it unnecessary as it didn’t add anything to the story.
I found the plot of this book a lot harder to get into than the first book. It focuses on Adelina’s quest for power and revenge whilst dealing with the loss of Enzo, who she cared for deeply. It was slow starting but after reading about 100 pages I became hooked. The beginning was predictable and it wasn’t until the second half that some twists and turns were introduced. This all led to a climatic ending that left me astounded but also sad. As usual, Marie Lu’s writing is wonderful and she has an amazing ability to really make her world and characters come alive.
Perhaps this novel wasn’t quite as outstanding as the first, but it was pretty damn close! If you loved The Young Elites, there is no reason for you not to continue on with this series as you’ll also love The Rose Society.