I can't believe how long it took me to start reading this series. Although, I'm kinda glad that I started it once all the books were released. I couldn't imagine how terrible it would have been to wait for the books to come out after the endings of the first and second books.While this book wasn't my favorite out of the entire series, it definitely evoked the most emotions.
The pacing of this book is fairly slow for the majority of it. It's not a long book by any means, but it still did take me some time to get through it. This was mainly because a large portion of the book was almost entirely the characters sitting around and talking. Not much was going on, it was all set up for the grand finale. Yes, the ending needed to be set up, but I wish it could have been done in a way that wasn't so slow. It wasn't boring, but I also wasn't itching to pick up the book every time I had to put it down.
The part that made me enjoy this book is the development that all of the characters seemed to go through. All of the Young Elites are struggling with the realization that their powers are slowly killing them. They're scared of that, as well as fighting each other. I actually really enjoyed Adeline's character in this book. She's clearly going mad and her new power has definitely gone to her head, but she's also still a person. She very clearly cares for people when she's clearheaded enough to function and it's honestly kind of sad how clear it is that she's losing herself.
I really loved Adelina's relationship with Magiano. At first, I didn't think that she was good enough for him and I couldn't really understand why he liked her in the first place, but once I got past that I really enjoyed them together. Magiano is so nice and sweet to her, I couldn't help but ship them.
The ending was by far the best part of this book. I won't spoil it, but I'm really glad it ended how it did because I honestly couldn't see how it could end any other way. It wasn't a shocking ending and sometimes that would bother me, but it felt like it nicely tied up the story and it also left me near tears.
I just really enjoy Marie Lu's books and I probably won't be hesitating to read any more of her books when they come out.