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Book review: 'The Midnight Star' ends Young Elites trilogy with darkness and hope

Posted April 10

"THE MIDNIGHT STAR," by Marie Lu, Penguin Teen, $18.99, 336 pages (f)

As "The Midnight Star" opens, Adelina reigns in blood and terror as the White Wolf as her empire grows with conquered lands. It is a capital offense to harm a marked person, and the unmarked are the subordinate class now. The whispers in Adelina's head have grow stronger, and her hallucinations are becoming harder to conceal from her soldiers. Only trickster Magiano and mercenary Sergio stand by her. Her sister Violetta has disappeared without a trace, and the other Young Elites have not forgiven her.

All the Young Elites grow weaker, the oceans feel tainted with death, and a breach in the Underworld poisons the mortal world. The Young Elites, Daggers and Roses alike must come together and offer the ultimate sacrifice as children of the gods. If each is strong enough to do what must be done, their sacrifice will save the world and each other.

Like the rest of the Young Elites trilogy, "The Midnight Star" is dark and tortured but always compelling. After Adelina's descent into darkness in the first two books, the final novel offers the hope of her redemption. The themes of sisterhood, strength and goodness in all bring the fantasy elements to life. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in the final chapters of the Young Elites' story.

Author Marie Lu is a University of Southern California alumna and a former video game artist. She lives in Los Angeles and is also the author of the best-selling Legend series.

"The Midnight Star" contains a lesbian romance, a heterosexual "fade-to-black" bedroom scene and a few sexual innuendos. The novel doesn't contain any profanity, but it does describe several scenes of torture, war violence and murder.

Rachel Chipman has a bachelor's degree in family life and human development. Her current goals are to read more, write more and learn to type while holding her infant daughter. Her email address is racheldchipman@gmail.com.

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