The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Synopsis: Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and 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 her very existence depends on darkness?
-Spoiler free review-
I’ve been looking forward to this book for quite some time (it just took me ages to get round to it omg) and can I just say, it was bloody well worth waiting. Usually, sequels are rubbish. I was tentative when going into this, hoping that it wouldn’t be terrible.
Honestly? It was terribly amazing.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book as deliciously dark as The Rose Society. The balance between good and evil was found almost straight away, so the gloom of the situation wasn’t overwhelming, but the way Adelina’s character develops in this book is truly spectacular.
The tension built throughout the book was woven with precision, although it was a little subtle at points, which did create a lull in the pacing. But this didn’t bother me very much, because the last third, or even the second half, of the book was wonderful. Everything culminated to create such a cataclysmic ending- I can’t get over the very last chapter! It truly sent chills down my spine.
Lu introduced us to some new characters in The Rose Society, as well as developing the characters we already knew. The new ones are very interesting, and they work so well with the old characters that before long you forget you only met them 30 pages ago. Although whilst the new characters were stunning, I found that the development of the older characters was somewhat off. In my opinion they acted just a little out of character, however given the grim circumstances of the book, it was something that I could brush off easily.
Other than that small grievance, everything about The Rose Society was wonderful, and I highly (highly) recommend you pick up The Young Elites.
I’m tremendously excited to see how Lu ends the trilogy in The Midnight Star!