As part of THE MIDNIGHT STAR Blog Tour, we give our review of the final book of The Young Elites series, as well as our favorite quotes!
***The Midnight Star was given to us by the publisher for an honest review***
The Midnight Star is the third and final book of The Young Elites series by Marie Lu. Having said that, I will put a warning that there are spoilers regarding the the first two books of the series, The Young Elites and The Rose Society, respectively.
As with the previous books, the story is told from different perspectives, including Adelina and Raffaele. However, most of the story is from Adelina’s perspective and in first person narrative. It is mostly her story, after all. When it jumps to other narratives, they are told in third person. This switch between a first and third narrative is not something that I readily recommend doing for anyone, however Marie Lu handles the switch nicely.
This book starts several months after the events that took place at the end of The Rose Society. Adelina is Queen of Kenettra and has been quickly conquering the surrounding lands. The Queen still has her trusty soldier and captain Sergio, and her companion-of-sorts, Magiano. She is ruthless in her conquests and pretty unforgiving with those unmarked.
But something’s not right in the world, and those marked, even the Queen, are starting to feel it. So, when Raffaele realizes what exactly is wrong and what needs to be done to right it, he knows they must seek Adelina’s help. Of course, Adelina isn’t so convinced that Raffaele is correct, and it’s going to take a lot to convince her to help them all, including herself.
From the very beginning, we know that Adelina wasn’t necessarily a good girl. She was bitter about the hand she was dealt in life, with an abusive father, a power she didn’t originally want, and people that used her because of it. As readers, we’d often take on the task of siding with the main character, however, by the end of the second book, we know that Adelina is not someone that we actually should be rooting for. Yes, she is misunderstood in a lot of ways, but she is also too bitter and too vengeful to be considered a protagonist.
For Marie Lu to not stray from the kind of person she has created in Adelina, and in keeping that character as hostile and vindictive and very much the evil Queen, is admirable. Of course we understand that things could’ve gone another way, but to show the flaws in the characters, not just Adelina, but in many of the others, gives a better and more human portrayal. Characters are not often just good or just bad.
Having read the trilogy now, one can see how our actions and reactions have an affect on those in our lives, including family. I ended up loving each of the characters for their part in the story. I believe the way Marie had written all the characters, with all their mistakes and judgments and regret, is supposed to make you feel empathy for their shortcomings. We can find familiarity with any of them, even with someone like the Teren Santoro.
These characters, throughout the series, have done what they often thought was best, not realizing their mistakes until it was too late. For that reason, I often found myself very sympathetic to them, not only for what a character did or didn’t do, but for what they even thought of others, or of themselves.
Marie takes great care in giving them the right amount of emotion for their circumstances. She does it in a way that makes us question our own way of judging others and trying to see who they truly are.
So, essentially, there’s a lot of character study in the story, but the story itself is just amazing. I didn’t expect the way the story was going, but I found the journey both mind-boggling and heart-breaking. Yes, heart-breaking. I’m not ashamed to admit that tears were shed often, which is not surprising for me. But honestly, I’d be more shocked to find out you didn’t shed a tear or two, especially if you care for any of these characters.
We see Adelina struggle with the voices in her head, and it’s those voices that cause the most strife for her. We find each of them have moments of regret from their past actions, which I was very glad to see. And we see the endurance of love throughout the story.
There were beautifully lyrical moments and prose in the story, especially in the final chapters of the book. The little excerpts before each chapter actually gave the story a more historical feel to it.
By the time I was finished with, I was proud of giving The Midnight Star a chance to fix what all went wrong in The Rose Society, and the whole series in general. The conclusion felt so fitting and satisfying. I couldn’t be happier with Marie for helping us finally see the goodness in those Young Elites.
I’d also like to leave you with a handful of awesome quotes from The Midnight Star, and then once you’re done with that, you can check out the schedule for the complete blog tour.
“We were never meant to exist, and we will never exist again.”
“So we wait together, as we drift silently through the stars.”
“I am the wind, calm and fierce and deep. I am the soul of life, the howl of storms, the breath of sleep.”
“You are a thousand things, not just one. Don’t deduce yourself to that.”
“None of us are saints. We can all do better.”
“Until death. Even in death. Even beyond.”
Monday, 9/26: Expresso Reads (Series Sensory Associations)
Monday, 9/26: Ensconced in Lit (TYE “What Makes a Villain” Discussion)
Tuesday, 9/27: Myriad Inklings (Review/Book Playlist)
Tuesday, 9/27: Two Chicks on Books (Top 5 Reasons to Read TYE)
Wednesday, 9/28: Mike the Fanboy (Villains/Anti-Heroes in Pop Culture List)
Thursday, 9/29: Reading Teen (Guest Post)
Thursday, 9/29: Twirling Pages (Favorite Quotes/Mood Board)
Friday, 9/30: Bibliophile Gathering (Review)
Friday, 9/30: Brittany’s Book Rambles (Favorite Quotes)
Monday, 10/3: Once Upon a Twilight (Guest Post)
Tuesday, 10/4: The Starry-Eyed Revue (Midnight Star Look Book)
Tuesday, 10/4: Arctic Books (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Wednesday, 10/5: Folded Pages Distillery (Review + Instagram)
Wednesday, 10/5: Fiktshun (Review)
Thursday, 10/6: The Book Nut (Review + Mood Board)
Thursday, 10/6: Bookiemoji (Top 5 Reasons to Read TYE)
Friday, 10/7: MundieMoms (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Monday, 10/10: The Fandom (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Tuesday, 10/11: Forever Young Adult (Guest Post)
Wednesday, 10/12: Owl Always Be Reading (Review + Quotes)
Wednesday, 10/12: Buttermybooks (Favorite Morally Ambiguous Characters)
Thursday, 10/13: IceyBooks (Quote Candy)
Friday, 10/14: Dark Faerie Tales (Guest Post)
Friday, 10/14: A Page with a View (Favorite Fanart)
Monday, 10/17: The Book Shire (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Monday, 10/17: Seeing Double in Neverland (Review)
Tuesday, 10/18: What Sarah Read (Guest Post)
Wednesday, 10/19: Adventures of a Book Junkie (Top 5 Reasons to Read TYE)
Wednesday, 10/19: YA Bibliophile (Review + Favorite Quotes)
Thursday, 10/20: Eater of Books! (Swoon Thursday)
Friday, 10/21: Me My Shelf and I (Bookish Scents)
Friday, 10/21: Oh the Book Feels (Review + Favorite Quotes)
My Grade: A
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