After surviving a devastating fever that swept through her country, Adelina is known as a malfetto. While, in some lands, malfettos are revered for their survival, Adelina and the other malfettos in her country are blamed for the illness. A small portion of the malfettos, the Young Elites, attained powers after the fever passed; this group is ruthlessly hunted by the reigning monarch. Abused by her father because of her status, Adelina hopes that one day she can escape to a land in which she will not be hated. When her father sells her into marriage, Adelina knows it is time to run. During her flight, Adelina learns that she possesses the powers of a Young Elite. She hesitantly works with the elusive group, all the while running from a monarchy who wants her dead, and wondering if she can really trust her new allies.
I was REALLY excited to read this book, but it turned out to be only ok. Don’t get me wrong — it’s not a bad read. It’s just not as great as I’d hoped it would be. I personally thought Adelina’s character was hard to like, and I didn’t get great chemistry between most of the characters. There are some really cool parts, though. Rafaelle and Adelina’s sister are great characters, and it was definitely awesome to read parts of the novel from the view of the villain. The ending is also a huge cliffhanger, and I might be reading the next one to find out what happens. If you’re in the mood for fantasy with a superhero league vibe, this is it.
*YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2015
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