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Thank you to all the people who spoiled the ending of the book with their comments. Now that I know how the book ends I don't know why I even need to read it. (Most people who read comments are people who want to know if the book got good reviews. But they don't read them so that they can find out what ends up happening. Please don't do that. It ruins the whole thing.)
From reading all the reviews, I came into The Midnight Star expecting a stellar finish to a stellar series. However, once again, the critics are wrong(then again, I shouldn't be surprised: They disliked books one and two, some of them so much I couldn't believe we read the same stories.) All the things I loved in book one and two(the dark story, life-like characters, an interesting Game Of Thrones style quest for the throne plot, actually good plot twists, and Adelina's character and her voices) seemed to be sucked out of the finale by page 50, settling for its so cliche its almost sickening plot and an so cliche its actually sickening ending(one that makes very little sense when you really think about it, but I won't explain why for spoiler reasons.) Teren seemed to be the only life-like and interesting character this go-around, though Magaino still did a solid job and Adelina's voices remained just as evil as it had before. This book was a HUGE opportunity missed(especially considering Marie Lu is one of the best YA writers out there), and, if you haven't yet read this, I would actually recommend you don't, and instead settle for the satisfying ending to book two(once again, how can reviewers bash one and two while strongly praising this one?) Overall, I give this book a 6.5/10 and a "Would Not Recommend Reading" review.
To some degree, this book makes up for the lackluster start to the series. It turns out that the story the author was setting up was somewhat different than the story she seemed to be telling at first. Whether that was the intent all along - or whether she switched direction midstream - I cannot tell.
The characters are the same as in the previous books (and are consistently written - so if you loved them before, you'll still love them, and if you hated them before, you'll still hate them). What changes is the focus - from 'plight of the malfettos' to a rather odd hybrid of 'these powers are destroying us' and 'we must save the world'.
But, hey, it made me cry. And any book that makes me cry can't be all that bad; it must have touched me on some level. Either that or I'm just a sucker for tragedy! Hopefully that is vague enough that it spoils nobody.
I can’t believe the main character dies. At first, I thought there were only two books in this series, and I was surprised to find that there was a third. I LOVE THIS SERIES
“Hello, darkness, my old friend/I’ve come to talk with you again...” *sniffles*
i can all the way through to read all the books and the main character dies.overall the book was super good and i loved it so much. I also like it how the author created such an amazing new place and how Adeline and Violetta and their adventure
If you were debating ending the series after the first or second book, don't! It goes from good/mediocre start to a phenomenal/amazing ending. I absolutely adored this book from beginning to end, even though it was hard (but worth) putting up with the amount of darkness. The epilogue made me want to cry, and I think the author did an amazing job of starting the trilogy on that idea. Somehow, Adelina (the protagonist) was able to entice my heart and hold it, until the very end. I'm sure others have felt this way as well.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
This was a beautiful ending to a beautiful series. Made me tear up. Worth reading the whole series IMO.
This series is one of the few where I am surprised I DO like the villain. Yes, she’s flawed and consumed by her depth of ambition and hunger for any brand of “justice”, even one that crosses lines of morality. However, she also shows an inner conflict, a mental instability caused by her abuse and her powers (which could be symbolic for a real mental illness), and a deep thirst for love, affection, and acceptance, which due to her upbringing, she never received except from her sister (who later betrays her thus causing more violent consequences). I really love the conflict of Adelina’s insanity and her bloodlust rivaled with her desire for power, love, and the fear she weaves into the hearts of others. It makes the ending that much more powerful.
One of the other fantastic things about this series are the characters. You really remember Enzo, Raffaele, Teren, and the rest long after you’ve read the series, and each of the Young Elites has their gifts but also has their own loyalties and reads just like real people. When many of the Young Elites have to band together to even begin to stop the horrors occurring in the land, it is strangely a scene of forgiveness, of common alliance at their similar fates, and still they mistrust each other. It is symbolic of how something that benefits everyone could be achieved if all parties set aside their hatred, their selfishness, and their past trespasses to really work as a team. Usually in stories, it is the heroes versus the villains, but in this case, it’s the heroes and the villains having to come to a middle ground to reach a common goal. Very thought provoking and unlike other books out there!
One of the things I loved most about this novel was that while it had an entirely different flavor than the previous two which were increasingly dark and felt reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed, it also is the most poetic of the three and really brought out the gift of storytelling that Marie Lu has. I cannot say much more without telling elements that are essential to the final bits of the book. I never could have predicted that outcome; so wow! the twist was shocking, beautiful, and I cried. But no spoilers here! The cover is lovely and at the end of the novel, the reader must contemplate the cover and the title with the novel’s resolution.
At the start of the series, Adelina was a girl caught between the Inquisition and the Daggers, with both groups desiring to bend her to their own purposes. Now she is powerful in her own right, but faced with a situation in which she has to decide if she will cooperate with those who she has little cause to trust. Readers’ satisfaction with The Midnight Star will likely hinge on their interest in seeing Adelina either redeemed or fully committed to her dark path.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/12/06/the-midnight-star/
My emotions were all over the board as I finished this book last night. Midnight Star is the last book in the Young Elites trilogy and I can honestly say this is my favorite series as a whole since HP was wrapped up in 2007. With most series the wrap-up is a let down but Lu is not most authors. In this final installment I was consumed with the darkness and light competing for my love as Adelina is finally forced to decide who she wants to be seen as. Will she let the darkness be her defining factor or can the light really overcome. I have never read a story in which I loved the villain so much.
This was wonderful. I always wonder how an author is going to bring a story to its conclusion, are they going to leave it open ended or provide closure, etc. I really loved what Lu did here. She is a gem.
Adelina has been such a fun character to follow. She is wrong in all the right ways. She is the perfect anti-hero. One you can relate with even while understanding that she has gone in the wrong direction. I loved her journey from abused child to vengeful queen. Everything she did made sense under the circumstances, and she was no Mary Sue. She made mistakes and had glaring faults, but those just made her more real. I adored her interactions with Magiano and her struggles with goodness and compassion.
I especially liked that Lu eliminated the love triangle that had started to develop in the second book, allowing Adelina to focus on Magiano rather than pine uselessly after Enzo. I felt like her love for Magiano was more real due to her history with Enzo. This wasn't a first-love infatuation, this was real. Based on shared experiences and troubled pasts. I loved that he became a calming force for her, a rock in the tempest to keep her steady. He was also the one that allowed her to explore her compassion without forcing her to sacrifice her freedom and independence. He pushed, gently, but understood when she wasn't ready.
I also appreciated the growth of Adelina where Teren was concerned. Blind hatred rarely makes sense over the course of a long story. At some point you would expect the parties to at least understand the motivation of others even as they still despise them and what they did as a result of that motivation. Adelina did that, she grew enough throughout the story to actually have empathy toward Teren in the end. It humanized her, made her more than just a juicy villain.
The wrap up to the trilogy was extremely well done. It allowed for a bit of a happy ending while still ensuring that the characters completed their story arc. The HEA isn't forced, and it isn't complete. But its something that allows the reader to end the trilogy with hope for the characters.
This is the last book in the series. At first I had a hard time getting into the story, but then I could not put it down. Good book! I like how the author ended the story.