The Rose Society. Marie Lu. Young Adult/Fantasy. 395 pages. 2015. [Source: Purchased from Fully Booked]
“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so 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?
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would definitely be DARK. This quite possibly is the darkest book I’ve ever read. We get to know more of the characters, experience more deaths (i cry) and most importantly, we see Adelina turn into the character that Marie Lu stated she’ll be: a villain.
Honestly, I think that Marie Lu was thinking exactly like this when she was writing Adelina’s scenes:
(I was in a Star Wars phase when this review was written. Please forgive me HAHAHA.)
Anyway, I really do think that this book is a worthy sequel. However, due to Adelina’s morally ambiguous tendencies, I did want to slap her a few times. Adelina is one of the most complex characters I’ve ever read because even though she has those said tendencies, you can’t help but feel bad for her and root for her still. It comes to show that Adelina is a product of her environment.
Marie Lu never fails to supply us with plot twists and turns, and based on how she ended the Legend Trilogy (which I LOVE), I believe that we shouldn’t expect anything less than amazing for the third and final book of the series. I am beyond excited to see how this will end and if Adelina will wholeheartedly give in to the Dark Side.
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