Series: The Young Elites #3
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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.
Sigh. I was looking forward to this conclusion to the Young Elites series but I find myself wishing it was longer. I was hoping for something a little darker as well, and perhaps ending in a direction that I hadn’t already guessed. Overall, The Midnight Star wraps the series rather well, something Lu seems to do exceptionally.
Adelina is the character I kept coming back for. She is the perfect antihero, and watching her go off the deep end and spiral further into that darkness was a consuming journey. Lu managed to create someone who is both prone to good and evil intentions, who walks that fine line so carefully that you manage to be both disgusted with her actions and feel sympathy for her struggle.
There is a bit of a death toll in this book, and while I wasn’t surprised by some I was definitely surprised at the swiftness in which some characters disappeared. Lu excels at subtly in her scenes, pulling on the heartstrings only when needed.
The end was a little inevitable, but extremely fitting and effective. I loved the open-endedness of the epilogue/folk tale ending about the story of the White Wolf, both a hero and a villain depending on which version you’ve heard.