'Waiting On' Wednesday #24: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

So many of my favorite series come to an end this year! The third book of the "Young Elites" series - The Midnight Star - though, it is definitely one of my most anticipated "the end" reads. When Marie Lu unveiled the cover, the sensation that coming was a definitive closing to this story and that it will be painful. Even she was surprised by how much changed from start to finish in her completion of The Midnight Star, her keen sense of saying goodbye felt momentous to her. (queue symphonic sad song)

Lu posted this quote, which… what?! Break my heart, why don’t you?! Oh God, there will be sobbing no doubt when I finally finish this book.

“Teren smiles at me. His voice echoes in the chamber, low and smoky. ‘Mi Adelinetta.’ ” —The Midnight Star

When Lu spoke to Mashable about the ending, she didn’t hesitate to talk about her style of writing off the cuff. I have also talked to her about this way of writing and how sometimes it even throws her off what she thought might be how the story would turn out. If anything, it does give an air of chaos and unpredictability to her plot. Which will kill us all this time around, right?!

“I am a pantser writer [a writer who works without a story outline], so I don’t always know where my stories are going to end up. The ending for The Midnight Star is quite different from the original ending that I had envisioned, which makes me a little nervous. I hope that readers will like it. I didn’t really see it coming until kind of recently. I am guessing that surprise will carry over to the reader as well.” – Marie Lu

Good news is that there will be more romance, sibling interaction and Adeline in full on bad-guy mode in The Midnight Star. As always, the line between good and evil becomes blurred and will not make it easy for readers picking sides. Of course, that said, Lu knows redemption needs a way to happen because Adeline is too much of a hero even if her heart’s been chained away by darkness.

  • Title: The Midnight Star
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Publishing date: October 11, 2016
  • Author(s): Marie Lu
  • Series: Young Elites

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.
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