The Elites is a post apocalyptic novel about the city Neo-Babel. After a huge world war Neo-Babel is the only city left standing. The city was a social experiment before the end of the world, where all cultures came and lived together. As such, The Elites is full of a culturally diverse cast of characters.
Silver is an elite, someone chosen for their genetic superiority and bread from a young age to be skilled soldiers. Her best friend is Butterfly, a boy who had wings grafted into his back.
I enjoyed The Elites. The concept of the novel is not unique, but it was something that felt fresh. It was engaging, had good writing, a good plot, and realistic characters. It was a solid good novel.
However, I could see where it could have been amazing. With some tweaks of the dialogue, a more detailed background, and more culture thrown in the book would have been a solid excellent novel. Having read Ngan's latest book (The Girls of Paper and Fire) I know how she has grown as an author. While The Elites is a good novel, it is not the same excellence as her latest work.
With that being said, The Elites was still a very enjoyable read.
Road Brother's is a collection of short stories taken place in the Broken Empire. Most characters are from The Broken Empire trilogy, with some from The Red Queen's War Trilogy. I read this collection after The Broken Empire and before The Red Queen's War Trilogy. Currently, this is how I would recommend reading it as well. As much as I would have liked the more personable stories of the road brothers, the collection would contain too many spoilers to read before the trilogy.
While some stories I like better than others, I really enjoyed seeing the side characters become the main characters. Mark Lawrence has a way of making you see every character in his worlds. I thought I knew them, then I found out that there was so much more to know. They all had their back story or side story. I also enjoyed seeing how Jorg finally came to lead the brothers. I admit to wondering about that quite a bit.
The last story was almost an intro to his second trilogy. It left me both excited and hesitant to start the new series.
Rating **** (4 stars) As much as I enjoy reading about Kate, it is nice to have a different perspective into their world. Andrea is one of my favorite side characters. She is loyal, complex, and has a dark history. I love that she is the petite blond that can kick butt and shoot better than anyone else. I wasn't as much of a fan of Raphael until I saw him from Andrea's perspective. I think the two work well together.
The story itself has action, magic, and mythological creatures. It is a good edition the the story line, but would not stand on its own well.
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