Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Young Elites

Young Elites is essentially the "Legend" series set in a fantastical medieval Venice. A disease had swept through the empire. All adults were killed. However, some children survived. They became the malfectos that were shunned by society. However, some of these survivors gained super powers and banned together as the young elites. Against that background, we follow the story of Adelina Amouteru. She is a burden on her father. When a business man offers to buy her as a mistress, her father agrees. She will have none of that, and runs away. Her father chases her, but then her powers come out and her father dies. She then finds the elites, including the crown prince. She falls in love, gits caught in political issues and just wonders what is going on. In the end, we get a glimpse of another matriarchal kingdom where the ruler has the power to bring people back from the dead. The premise is somewhat intriguing. What if something that caused people to be outcast also gave others special abilities? (I guess in some sense, plagues do that in granting immunity.) The backdrop is similar to Italy, but different enough to allow free exploration. Alas, the novel just feels too much like the legend books.

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