The Rose Society is written by Marie Lu and published in 2015. The series continues with The Midnight Star. Also, she wrote the Legend series. This book takes place in medieval times, a decade after a great plague swept through the country. People who are infected with the fever are scarred with ugly marks and they are also stronger and possess abilities that don’t belong in this world. During the plague, all the parents who got the fever died, so only the young survive, and they are all marked in this way – with these powers. They will be known as the Young Elites, which is also the title of the first book.
The main characters of this book are Raffaele, Violetta, and Adelina. Raffaele has decided to join forces with the queen of another country to try and take over his home country to stop Teren from destroying all people scared by the fever. When he sides with the queen he learns that she has the power to bring people back from the dead, he intends to use this to bring Enzo back and to add him to their forces. Violetta is the key component in finding a new group of Elites to overthrow the Young Elites. She has the ability to stop other Elites powers, so they can’t use them. Finally we have Adelina. She was once a girl, but has quickly grown into something more, because she has been betrayed by friends, allies, family, even enemies have turned on her. She is now all alone except for her sister, Violetta, who senses a growing darkness in Adelina. These three characters will form the backbone of the entire plot.
At the opening of the book Adelina is searching for more Elites, mainly Magiano, who is said to be the greatest thief in the world. She finds him and has to complete a task to earn his trust. She completes it, but she ends up killing someone – the Moon King, who was one of the most powerful men in the area. She then finds the Rainmaker, who was one of the Elites that the Young Elites took on to make one of their own, but they ended up turning their backs on him. Adelina then learns of Raffaele’s plan to bring Enzo back, she manages to capture Enzo and take down Teren. To learn how she does it, you will have to read this book.
This book was very sad. Adelina loses everyone she loves in the book, and gains new friends and allies. To get this far though she has had to delve deeper into the darkness which come from her illusions. I would recommend this book to any fans of the Hunger Games.