The Elites by Natasha Ngan was a brilliant debut and an engaging well written dystopian, that I loved. The Elites is set in the cultural and futuristic town Neo-Babel. The only town that survived that Great Fall, a war that destroyed the city. A new government has risen where DNA determines your role in life. Because of Silver’s superior DNA, she is a Elite. A Elite is a guard to both the government and Neo-Babel and it has been said that the Elite’s do not bleed. This idea was fascinating and from the first page I was intrigued with its calm and sturdy pace and it’s dystopian storyline. This debut is one not to be missed and if you haven’t read it, Read it now!
The Elites has so much going for it and I’m finding it hard to pick a starting point for this review. So I’m going to begin with the characters! Oh my!! *fangirls*. These brilliant characters really shined, every single one had a valuable part to play in the story. Each character came to life and although it was told in third person, our protagonist Silver was a great narrator to the story.
Silver was a really genuine and real character that was normal yet so strong. I loved watching her grow throughout the book and she just developed so much as a character, which as a reader was a really special thing to watch. To me, Silver was the definition of a proper strong heroine. She isn’t your usual, I will break your bones type. In fact she was far from it. But she was strong in the sense that although she sure had vulnerabilities and self doubt, she eventually pulled through and had enough belief in herself and her morals that she made a difference! I really admired and respected her. We need more characters like her and less ‘I’m so cool you don’t want to mess with me’ girls.
But my favourite character was Butterfly! Words can not explain my love for that beautiful, winged human being. He certainly caused a flutter in my heart - did I just say that. Butterfly had to survive through so much and he didn’t put a mask on and pretend like he was fine, because I don’t know who would be after everything he’d endured. He was so sweet and loyal to Silver and always did what he believed was right. He wasn’t flawless and that just added to list of reasons he is now on my long list of Book Boyfriends.
One of the things that stands out when reading The Elites is the uniqueness of it all. The whole government of Neo-Babel was really fascinating and even though it is a new and supposedly better society, there was still racism between different cultures which is something Silver being a Red, was a victim too. Whilst there was this racial tension, Neo-Babel felt really cultural and diverse and had a nice mix of everything.
During the end I was even more hooked as all the different subplots came into play and all was revealed. The unexpected plot twists throughout this novel had my heart pounding and my jaw wide open in surprise. I just wanted to scream at certain characters and hug others. Everything tied nicely in the end and I felt really pleased with the conclusion and the message that it presented. The Elites has such an original theme and something I’d recommend to anyone. It’s something people have loved and I know will continue too. I will cherish my beautiful proof copy! Thank you Five Mile Press and Thank you Natasha for writing such a amazing book.