REVIEW: The Elites by Natasha Ngan

31 July 2013

Series: Standalone. (do i hear a cry of joy? YES!)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: September 5th 2013
Pages: 368
Book: For Review*
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Fantasy, Science Fiction
Author's Website: http://natashangan.com/
'There is a rumour that the Elites don't bleed.'
Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilizations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures - and racial tension. Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She'd never dream of leaving - but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel's president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly. Packed full of adventure, romance, exoticism and the power of friendship, THE ELITES is a highly compelling and beautifully written novel from a supremely talented debut author.
The Elites was probably the book i have been most excited to read this summer. I was a little scared that after all my excitement, when i actually read the book it would be a flop but it didn't. Natasha Ngan seriously delivered and this is one book i will read and re-read, and never get tired of. The world building was perfect, the story-line unique AND THERE WAS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT GUYS! What's not to love?! The Elites is definitely not a novel to be missed: Compelling yet subtle, the book does not scream 'LOVE ME' but draws you in with its descriptive writing and lovable characters. A promising debut from a simple fantastic new author (Natasha i know you're reading this..;)).
Watch out, there's a new writer in town.
Dear Silver,
Errmmm..I like your name, can I borrow it? No, no?...okay then...Well, you're an Elite, you're a Red, you're you. Please don't feel so insecure about your 'Red' status, who cares what other people think of you? I know for a fact that people love you and do not fricking care what you were born as. I know. See there's this guy, Butterfly...well..yeah. You know the story..
Don't beat yourself up about what happened That Day. No-ones perfect. And in the end, it was the right thing to do.
But Silver, listen to Butterfly. You may think he isn't doing the right thing not to vent his anger over it 'all' and making you stop, making you calm down. But in the end he is right - just focus in what you need to do and try to forget. I'm sorry about your parents, i'm sorry about Ember, i'm sorry about what you found out about you being an Elite. I'm sorry.
Dear Butterfly,
You have wings. Your name is Butterfly. I just...i can't. I wish i could ride up in the sky with you and look down on the world, it must be so cool....maybe in my dreams.
Look after Silver, and, Your mum; your sister. I nearly died when i heard about them. I just wanted to squeal and yell and do a happy dance. And then...YOUR MUM AND SISTER...*attacks you with a bear hug* i seriously could not speak. I had to just close my eyes for a minute and imagine how you would have felt. I HATE THEM. And I admire you for controlling yourself and not running into something that would have harmed you because you were blinded by rage.
Dear Cobe,
I forgive you.
Ember,
I hate you. How can you do what you do without even batting an eyelid, without feeling guilty, without feeling any remorse?
Well, I know. But i still can't and won't forgive you. I'm sorry for how you got to where you are but that doesn't mean i don't blame you.
Dear Natasha,
HOW CAN YOU BE SO EVIL. How could you do this to me. Butterfly and Silver and Butterfly and Cobe and THE FAMILY OF BUTTERFLY... There were too many plot twists for me to even..just..*flails* AND IT IS A STANDALONE *high fives* I think everyone breathed a sigh of relief and joy when they heard that - there's been too many series lately, and this book, this - it was just a breath of fresh air for me.
This was me when The Elites finally came in the post and landed in my porch..
I literally couldn't. But when i started reading. BAM. I whizzed through it at the speed of lightning and only stopped for breath when i had to.
Please keep writing. Please carry on being awesomely freaking evil. Because although i pretend like i don't like it, i really do...And if you produce another Butterfly? SOLD.
Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me an ARC to review. Seriously, I LOVE YOU GUYS. This in no way affected my review.

14 comments:

  1. Dear Hawwa,

    You're forgiven for making me wait. This is AMAZING! *Happy dances all over the place*

    Can't tell you how much if means to me for you to have not only enjoyed The Elites but just REALLY GOT IT. Love love love :)

    http://natashangan.com/

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    1. Yay. I was scared i wouldn't be a for a moment. ;p
      Haha *dances with you*...now...I AM WAITING ON YOUR NEXT BOOK. #gowriteplease. ;p

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  2. OHMIGOSH! Not exaggerating - this is one of the best reviews I've ever read :D :D :D I love the letter form which shows that the characters are amazing.

    Butterfly... I WANT TO MEET HIM. Oh wow, I need this book in my life :3

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    1. THANK YOU ZOE YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!
      Butterfly...well yes you can meet him. HE IS MINE THOUGH.

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  3. I really want to read this! It sounds amazing! This is a fantastic review layout, I may have to try it myself... ;)
    -S :D

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    1. Thank you and yeah you should it is so much fun to do!

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  4. Ooh, I am Interested! The problem with following book blogs like yours, with such good reviews, is that however much you try to get through your TBR List you have to keep adding more and more books and you can NEVER READ FAST ENOUGH and you want to READ ALL THE BOOKS but you CAN'T and it ALL VERY TRAGIC! (This won't stop me adding this to my list. Just know, Hawwa, that because of you I am unable to ever conquer it.)

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    1. Haha Emily THAT IS EVERY BOOK NERD'S PROBLEM. I have 59 books unread on my bookshelf with more coming every week. HOW DO YOU THINK I FEEL?!
      But seriously. READ IT NOW. Bring it to the top if your TBR pile. IT WILL BE WORTH IT.

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  5. THERE'S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?! YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! AND, IF YOU DON'T, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! I FREAKIN' LOVE IT!!!

    If I was excited before this review has made me asjkfksdfh! I'm SO glad you loved Butterfly - he sounds perfect! :D

    GREAT REVIEW! I SHALL READ THIS SOON AND TELL YOU WHAT I THINK! xD

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    1. YES YES YES THERE IS! *happy dance*

      well fhbd,mhgbvjnafkcdjxnfvbhbdv GO READ IT NOW. YOU HAVE IT ON YOUR TBR PILE WHY HAS IT NOT BEEN READ?!

      Thank you AND PLLLEAASSSEE DOO.

      p.s Butterfly...HANDS OFF..;p

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  6. Wow, I can't wait to read it! I saw the cover reveal a while back and thought it was amazing!! Thanks for the review!! :)

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  7. Wow, sounds great! I saw the cover reveal a while back and thought it looks amazing! Thanks for the review!! :)

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