The Midnight Star: The Young Elites, Book 3
By Michael Berry,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Superior epic fantasy finale builds to exciting showdown.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Set in a fantasy world with a vaguely Renaissance Venetian feel. It's not in any way realistic, but neither does it seem too far-fetched. It might be used as a springboard for a discussion of the use and abuse of political power.
People who regard themselves as enemies can work together to achieve a goal. Anger, jealousy, and a need for revenge all are destructive emotions. The pursuit of power for its own sake can lead to disillusionment, tragedy, and heartache.
Positive Role Models
Starts with Adelina at her worst: cruel, vindictive, angry, and mercurial. By working with the other Daggers, she regains her lost humanity.
Violence & Scariness
Contains scenes of violence, which range from sea battles to an up-close description of the death-by-arrows of an important character. Adelina's nightmares contain a lot of frightening imagery.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adelina and Magiano go swimming together without bathing suits and seem ready for romance, until they're interrupted. Other characters have romantic relationships, but the physical aspects are not depicted.
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One or two uses of "damned," "bastard," and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Midnight Star, by Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy), is the final installment of the fantasy trilogy begun in The Young Elites. Set in a fantastic version of Renaissance Europe, this fast-moving novel brings together a superpowered cast for a final showdown. Strong language is limited to one or two uses of "damned," "hell," or "bastard," and there's romance but no sexual contact described and one scene of skinny dipping. There are scenes of violence, but most are magical battles of illusion.
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What's the Story?
As THE MIDNIGHT STAR begins, Adelina Amouteru, having been betrayed by those she trusted, has achieved victory and embraced the darkness as she rules as the White Wolf. But the nightmares that plague her and the whispering voices that fill her head hint she may not be able to maintain both her sanity and her colossal powers of illusion. Just as she's preparing to conquer another unlucky new territory, she receives word from her mortal enemies, the Daggers, that her once-beloved sister Violette is deathly ill. After rushing to see Violette, Adelina must decide whether she can help the Daggers prevent a cataclysm that threatens the worlds of both mortals and immortals.
Is It Any Good?
With one action trilogy already under her belt, author Marie Lu knows how to bring disparate plot threads to a satisfying conclusion and fulfills the promises made in the previous two volumes. In The Midnight Star, she puts antihero Adelina Amouteru front and center as she battles her own worst character traits. The rest of the dynamic casts gets its due, too, as they engage in a battle in which the fate of their world hangs in the balance. It all adds up to high fantasy with a superheroic twist, and Lu makes the odd combination work.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how The Midnight Star mixes the conventions of fantasy and superhero fiction. Why are those two genres so popular now?
How is violence used in The Midnight Star? Is it a force for good or for evil?
What kinds of responsibilities come with great power? Can power corrupt those who wield it?
- Author: Marie Lu
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
- Publication date: October 11, 2016
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 316
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: February 26, 2020
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