THE MIDNIGHT STAR
Series: The Young Elites #3
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 11th 2016
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 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.
We can all do better.
The Midnight Star is a bittersweet and worthy conclusion to a dark, twisted, and oftentimes chilling Fantasy series. As in the previous installments, this is a character-driven story told from various POVs, with amazing writing, a complex plot, and great world-building.
Marie Lu loves her gut-wrenching endings and executes them very well. She knows how to weave pain and suffering together, although the fast pace does not let readers linger in the sadness for too long, which often softens the blows. Still, The Midnight Star has a lot of action, blood being spilled, death, and it absolutely broke my heart.
The novel starts about a year or so after the events in The Rose Society, with Adelina finally in the place she wants to be. She’s still very much an antihero, and once again we see how far she is willing to go to get what she wants. She is still a hard character to like, but a very interesting one to read about, especially as she struggles to deal with her powers.
Since the book is told in different POV’s — mostly Adelina and Raffaele’s —, we get a lot of different perspectives from people on both sides of the story. This enriches the story, and gives the readers glimpses into what other characters are feeling. Raffaele continues to be my favorite in this regard, even though some of his chapters brought tears to my eyes. Magiano is also fun to read about, and we do learn a little bit more about his past.
A highlight is that the focus of the novel is more on the Elites, their powers, and the world they live in; it is about responsibility and power and balance. There is very little romance in the story, which, yay! And one could argue that the most important relationship in the series is actually that between Adelina and her sister, as it plays an instrumental role in the development of the plot.
As the final book in the series, The Midnight Star gives us a fitting ending to Adelina and the Elites’ stories. It moves in the direction I was expecting it to, but its predictability doesn’t take away from the story. This is a great ending to this series, and I’m sad it has come to an end.