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Title: The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
# in series: 2nd book in The Young Elites Trilogy
# of pages: 395
My rating: 4/5 stars
The previous book, The Young Elites, had some dark undertones to it but this book took it to a completely different level. I was amazed, surprised, and in awe at just how dark Marie Lu was able to make it.
With this new book we gained more insight into each character and all of their flaws and a couple of their attributes. The way Lu was able to create such dark characters and still have you sympathize with them is remarkable. Since the story follows Adelina you get an even more in depth look at how a villain works. Every character was so complex and had so many ups and downs that just getting to read from their POV added so much development.
Another amazing thing was the character growth, or even lack of it. Each character is battling internal struggles as well as outward ones and there was so many great scenes that filled with growth or should the potential for it and then showed how the character failed at that.
The pacing felt pretty standard and I enjoyed it. There was a perfect blend of the slow moments but so many action packed and fast paced scenes that they blurred into a great story.
Lu’s writing style was spectacular; she was able to use so many dark and possibly confusing scenes but wrote them so well that they worked perfectly. Her ability to even write so many dark characters just shows how amazing she truly is.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and it was dark and yet so amazing.