A handful of children escaped a deadly virus that swept through the nation. The few that survived were marked, physically and sometimes with strange, mysterious powers. Adelina's power is dark and vengeful, she has not yet learned how to control the illusions that sometimes take over her body. One night in a fitful rage she lashes out against her cruel father, killing him and sending her to the gallows. Marie Lu has written the popular Legend Trilogy which is dystopian, but book one of Young Elites promises to be totally different, a dark and gritty fantasy set in a Renaissance-like world.