“None of us are saints. We can all do better.”
Disclaimer: This review does not contain spoilers for The Midnight Star, but it may mention events from the previous books in this series. If you haven’t read The Young Elites or The Rose Society, continue at your own discretion.
The Midnight Star is the third and final installment in Marie Lu’s Young Elites series. While I don’t feel that it’s the strongest book in the trilogy, I do appreciate how it wraps up Adelina’s journey. Like its predecessors, I gave this novel a 4 of 5 stars, leaving the trilogy with a 4 star rating across the board.
The novel opens with Adelina on the Kenettran throne. To no one’s surprise, she isn’t handling her rise to power very well. We skip time between books again, just like we did at the beginning of The Rose Society, and I have similar complaints. Every time you open the next book in this series, Adelina feels about twenty times darker than when you last saw her. It almost isn’t believable, and even if it were, I’d personally prefer witnessing her transition between books.
Adelina’s issues aside, the beginning of The Midnight Star is also a bit slow. Only when the characters’ stories converge does the book’s pacing pick up enough to truly immerse yourself its plot. It is amazing to see the characters all in one place again though, and it results in a lot of long-awaited reunions and revelations.
As always, the imagery is masterfully done. Marie has a knack for writing darker settings, and I hope she continues to explore that in her future works. Specifically, I really enjoyed reading her interpretation of the gods and the underworld.
As for the ending, I loved it to pieces. It’s satisfying, serves a purpose, and brings Adelina’s character full circle. I wasn’t expecting to get emotional during the finale of this series, but it happened. The ending also made me adore the title of this book (the epilogue explains the reason it’s called The Midnight Star, and it will just give you all the feels in the world).
Oh, and have I mentioned how much I love Magiano during this review yet? Well, I am now. It would be sinful if I didn’t.
That’s really all I can say about The Midnight Star without spoiling anything. I flew through this series, and I had a blast doing it. I’d recommend these to anyone who enjoys a darker take on fantasy and is looking for a quick and entertaining read.