The Midnight Star (Young Elites Series #3)

The Midnight Star (Young Elites Series #3)

by Marie Lu


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The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and has achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399167850
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Series: Young Elites Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 218,264
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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The memory comes unbidden and unrelenting, breaking through the walls Raffaele has put around his heart since Enzo’s death and resurrection. He is no longer tending to the prince’s wounds but standing, waiting, frightened in his bedchamber at the Fortunata Court years ago, looking out at a sea of masked people.

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The Midnight Star (Young Elites Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, the emotions from reading this book! I read the previous books to this series and this one is by far the best. I didn't want to quit reading it, but then I got to the end and even though it was sad, I still love the ending. It also didn't really end sad though because the power of love and hope never went away. Wow is all I can say!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is unlike anything you will usually find on the shelves. This is a story of fear, fury and darkness but most importantly it's a story of atonement. I am unhappy that the series has ended but there is joy in my heart at the peace that was found in reading it. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read. I love how it was told from the villains point of view and how wonderfully worded every page was. I love this author from the very first page of legend to the midnight star. She is an inspiration to a hopefully future author!!! READ THIS SERIES!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not believe how she ended by saving her sister. I wanted to curl up on the floor and cry. It still makes me sad when I think about it. This author is amazing. Even though the plot line is kind of dark, it is made up for with love and heartwarming friendship. -------lage2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say this series took me some time to finish there were times when I just wanted to give up, but something about this series pulled me back and I am glad I finished it. I was torn with the truth of Adelina's actions and thoughts as dark as they were I could relate and that realization made me uncomfortable at first, but then I realized its natural and those emotions are just one small part of who I am, who we all are. I am very grateful to Marie Yu and her undeniable ability to shine a warm light in even the most darkest of places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Riveting. Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this was a perfect ending to such an amazing series. So fitting for Adelina, and all the charters . Beautiful ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book left me on the edge of my seat! Thank you Marie Lu for making these spectacular books! Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trilogy is a great set, loved the books and characters.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
A super satisfying conclusion to a phenomenal trilogy. THE MIDNIGHT STAR concludes Adelina's journey in a way that not only rings true to her character, but really brings her full circle. I love the world that Marie Lu developed, and where she ended the series. See more reviews at my blog!
sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
Sad and depressing ending. It could have been a few more hundred pages also.
Hardycat1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!!! Oh my gosh it was so great. The ending is not what you expect. I mean you don't want it to end like that but when it does it sort of... leaves you at peace if you will. I highly recommend this book to anyone it was so great and I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good!
Seoling More than 1 year ago
I am ashamed that I waited so long to read this book. I haven’t gotten much time since I started my internship (lots of reading to do there, but I love it!) so I had a small window of free time that I wanted to get a book in! I was not initially a Marie Lu fan. Sure, I knew that she had a steady fanbase and that she had a huge following. I also heard that she’s kind of an amazing writer. I still have not read the Legend series which also shames me, but I knew how much I loved the premise of The Young Elites and I was so excited to see such a cool female lead. Let’s just say that this book made me pretty emotional. I don’t know why, but maybe it had something to do with the way things have to end for the Elites. There are losses. Losses that hit you in the feels that you didn’t know you had. I was surprised by how much I loved Teren and Magiano. I don’t recall really resonating with them but god, I really am a fan girl and they can be added to my collection of beloved fictional boys. Teren was just so ruthless and heartbreaking after Giuletta’s death that I can’t even be bothered to detest him like I once did. I think I love him even more than I loved Enzo and I loved Enzo LOTS. Magiano proved himself to be one of those boys with that kind of smirk that just made me shudder. I think he was just so mesmerizing and seductive and the backstory that Marie writes for him is so devastating. The chapter that recalls how he got his name destroyed me in ways that are unfathomable. The story itself is amazing. I find it so astonishing that the action this book had was so condensed compare to other books in its genre. It takes such a talented author to be as concise as she is and manage to accomplish a fully fleshed out series that ends the way that it does. WHICH IS PERFECTLY. I was really drawn by the aftermath of Adelina’s takeover and how she performed as queen with so much against her. She was definitely one of the most memorable characters I’ve ever read and I was pretty astonished at what she does throughout the book. She is not a good character. But she isn’t an evil one either. I was constantly reminded that she was still a human girl with the same vulnerabilities as any girl her age would have. I will say that there is a really heartbreaking moment of retrospection she has when comparing herself to the Beldish queen, Maeve. I felt her insecurities and pain when she wondered if anyone could be so loyal to her without bribery or instilling fear. Out of all the characters, she goes through the most dramatic change and the ending for her character was the most perfect thing written in all of literature. You can quote me on that because it was damn near beautiful. I am pretty devastated this series is over and I can only hope that a graphic novel series comes out of this because I would love to see the story visually told. And the person who draws the Legend graphic novels is amazing. These characters have such unique appearances that it would be a treat to see them. Eugh, I love this series too much. What can Marie Lu do now to top it? I can only hope she can!
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
Marie Lu rocked that ending. Managed to evoke a lot of the same emotions in me the Legend series ending did. Lu knows what she's doing. I loved this book. It could feel slightly disconnected from the others, which is why I didn't give it the last star. But this is what we were building to. Read this series.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews | beautiful but devastating as the darkness subsides to starlight | This book went by really fast for me. It actually felt surprisingly short, perhaps because it moved so quickly. This third installment in the trilogy does not waver or skimp on the growing darkness, action, battle, rage, and power that has so defined the main character’s, Adelina’s, story. Of course, her tale could not end with her conquering the entire world and never seeing the Daggers again. Enemies full of hatred they share only one thing, or at least one person, in common now: Violetta. And Violetta is in trouble. Adelina, Adelina, Adelina... Watching Adelina’s transformation and warpath over the course of this trilogy was exciting. I loved it. It’s a villain’s story and that fact alone sucked me in. The Young Elites is her origin story, The Rose Society is her rise to power, and The Midnight Star is her legacy. I will not tell you how this book ends, but I will say that it was perfect. The end of the story of the Elites is so sad but so perfect. THE MIDNIGHT STAR wades through hatred, kneels before fate, and rests in peace. It concludes the legend of the young Elites, the story of a queen bound by darkness, and the love that binds souls through Hell or high water. Dazzling, thrilling, and stained with unbidden tears, read the fantastic final installment of the trilogy, The Young Elites. Read my FULL review here:
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Midnight Star by Marie Lu Book Three of The Young Elites series Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 11, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen. Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved. Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger. Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series. What I Liked: ***SPOILER-FREE REVIEW. There may be spoilers if you haven't read The Young Elites or The Rose Society, but you're safe in terms of The Midnight Star.*** The Midnight Star is an intense, dark, and thrilling conclusion to a fascinating and utterly unique fantasy series. I am blown away by Marie Lu's storytelling, her writing, and her stories in general. I don't typically read books so dark (at least in Young Adult), but I couldn't resist this series. And I'm glad I didn't - it was a magnificent and heartbreaking trilogy. This final novel starts about a year or so after the end of The Rose Society (so it's been about two years since the beginning of The Young Elites). Adelina is suffering from the voices and hallucinations and nightmares, even more so than usual. But she's also very successful in her conquests - she is now the Queen of the Sealands, and she wants more. But every newly conquered territory fails to have what Adelina is looking for - her sister, who fled. And every new territory brings more and more assassination attempts, and more cruelty from Adelina. But there is a growing danger that is bigger than conquering lands and finding Violetta, and Adelina will find herself in the middle of the problem. To stop this growing chaos, she must learn to trust the Daggers that she has grown to hate. Sacrifices must be made, lives must be lost, and darkness will threaten to consume Adelina and the world, once and for all. Upon finishing this book, I was speechless. My heart hurt, but it was also full to bursting. This book is not a happy and fluffy novel. There is only one way that this book could end (with variations), and it could not involve a cookie-cutter perfect HEA. I love how Lu put everything together, how she led readers to the ending, how everything fell apart and then bonded again. Adelina gets more and more... villainous, shall we say? She's an antihero, a villain in this series. She's a cruel queen; she makes the laws very lenient for the marked, but harsh to the point of death for the unmarked. For all the times that she was hurt by the unmarked, she wants them to suffer by the hands of the marked. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I've loved Adelina from the very beginning of this series. I love that she's ruthless and doesn't apologize for going after what she wants. Sure she's maybe a bit crazy and definitely mean, but I have rooted for her from the first page. This portion of the journey is not what I was expecting. I love where Marie went with it and the choices she made. Yes, I'm being intentionally vague. Yes, I had a serious case of the feels. Yes, it will be worth the wait. **Huge thanks to G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**