Dark, twisty and messed up - these words define every character in the book. It is unbelievable how much I liked all of them. From the anti-heroes to the dastardly villains. They were well-developed and written in such a compelling manner that you can't help but admire them - whether for their virtues or vices. It was mostly a case of the latter, though.
I savoured it. Every chapter. Every line. Every word. It was a delight. (It's probably my inner Slytherin which was so in awe of the all the crooked ongoings!) Marie Lu wove such wonderfully complex characters within a setting which gave off a...mystical effect. The plot was pretty fascinating too.
I found myself cheering for Adelina. She's become a character whom I'll hold close to my heart. Her anger and resentment were so relatable. And during all this dark haze she still managed to care for and trust people, in spite of the initial (and completely justified) hesitations. The choices she made were ones you could understand without begrudging her. And that's why when she was betrayed by some people close to her, I found myself just as angered as she was.
Enzo and Teren were two sides of the same coin. Both of them had the same goals but their thinking on how to achieve those goals were at the opposite ends of the spectrum. I felt bitterness towards them. And I also pitied them.
It was a feat that Marie Lu accomplished, with the Young Elites series, by making you feel so many conflicting emotions at the same time until you're a mess yourself. And it was worth it. She's definitely my new favourite author.
Now I'm going to rush off to order the next book!!!