Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever, a deadly disease. But it has left her scarred, and society has deemed her worthless. Her abusive father was going to sell her off as a servant, but she escaped, and in the process, accidentally killed her father. Charged with murder, she would be executed, until a mysterious group of people called the Young Elites, who have special abilities, rescue her. Adelina discovers that she is a Young Elite, and she has the power to control illusions. Caught between loyalty and love, she has to make a choice, that can change the fate of the world.
The beginning was a little confusing, but I really enjoyed this book. It was action-packed and complex. I loved how Adelina had an internal struggle with herself, and wasn’t just a hero with an easy life. There was a great plot twist at the end. Overall, it kept me captivated and was a memorable read.
One thing that stayed with me after I read the book, was how cruel people could be towards people with physical flaws. Physical appearance doesn’t mean anything, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Reviewed by Anusha, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library