• Raffaele: Imagine if someone handed you a box full of all the items you have lost throughout your life.
  • Enzo: It would be nice to get my sense of purpose back.
  • Teren: Oh wow, my childhood innocence! Thank you for finding that.
  • Magiano: My will to live! I haven't seen this in years.
  • Sergio: I knew I lost that potential somewhere!
  • Adelina: Mental stability, my old friend!
  • Violetta: Guys, could you lighten up a little?
That happy moment when you realize...

That most of the characters in The young elites probably arn’t white.

That there is more then one character in The young elites that is not straight but there sexuality isn’t the focus of the story and doesn’t define them.

That many of the characters in The young elites are far from perfect and are actually quite dark and flawed.

That you get the villain’s POV enough to question whether or not he’s really the villain.

That the heroine is dark and flawed enough to question whether or not she’s really a heroine.

That the love interest doesn’t really love the so called heroine, and he might not even be the love interest.

That more people should read The young elites, because it’s different and dark and humanized and totally worth it.

so in Marie Lu’s AMA tonight she answered a question about the character’s ages which … doesn’t really make sense, and it has prompted me to work out everything we do know for sure about the characters’ ages, citing in-text sources where i can!

Adelina - 16 in the beginning (The Young Elites, page 9- her father and his business partner discuss how she will turn seventeen in a year) 18 at the end, as two years have passed between the end of TYE and the beginning of The Midnight Star (Raffaele, TMS page 26)

Violetta - 14 in the beginning (frequently remarked to be exactly two years younger than Adelina, such as on TYE page 37), 16 by the end

Magiano - 12 when he fled the temples and started achieving his infamy/legend status (TMS page 158), “appeared quite suddenly several years ago”  (The Rose Society page 4), “several” could mean any number of things but i typically take it as 3-5; putting him at 15-17 in the beginning; I’ve come to assume he’s the same age as Adelina mostly because they’re dating and all; which would make him 16 at the beginning and 18 at the end. 

Sergio: 18 when the Daggers found him (TRS page 187), and at least two years passed between then and TRS (TRS page 188) so at least 20 in the beginning, and at least 22 at the end.

Giulietta - 24 at the beginning (TYE page 57), and probably still 24 at the time of her death, maybe 25 though

For everyone else, (Enzo, Teren, Raffaele) it gets complicated, and very intertwined, so I’m gonna explain my reasoning+sources separately from where I list off their ages:

TYE page 302 - “Enzo was eight, Teren nine, both of them still unmarked”

The Rose Society, page 73 - “Enzo was first, being older and taller”

TYE, page 57: “Teren is nineteen.” Flat out. So Teren is 19, which would mean Enzo is either 18 or 20+ considering two blatantly contradicting and equally credible sources. 

I would bet on the latter (20+) based on a few things, stay with me:

Raffaele definitely knew Daphne (TYE page 198 - Raffaele witnessed Enzo’s proposal to Daphne) so, Enzo definitely knew Raffaele before Daphne died.

Daphne died when Teren was 16 (TMS page 179), so, three years before the beginning of TYE. So, Raffaele and Enzo have known each other for 3 years in TYE, and since Raffaele was definitely 17 when they met, Raffaele is 20 in TYE.

Anyway, as we all know, Enzo and Raffaele met the day Raffaele turned 17, when he bought his virgin price at the Fortunata Court. 

Given it is very illegal for anyone under the age of 17 to give themselves away in this universe, it wouldn’t make sense for the courts to do business with Enzo at 15, which he would have been at the time if he was 18 in TYE. 

Hence, why Enzo would be 20+ in TYE. 

We get 0 remark on Maeve, Lucent, Gemma, or really anyone else’s ages in-text, so I would go ahead with Marie Lu’s statements there:

Maeve - 20 in the beginning, so 22 by the end

Lucent - 21 in the beginning, so 23 by the end

Gemma - 15 in the beginning, so probably 15/maybe 16 at the time of her death

so to recap:

  • Adelina - 16 in TYE, 18 in TMS (TYE page 9)
  • Violetta - 14 in TYE, 16 in TMS (TYE page 37, relativity)
  • Magiano - 16 in TYE/TRS, 18 in TMS (TMS page 158, TRS page 4, relativity)
  • Sergio - 20+ in TRS, 22+ in TMS (TRS pages 187 and 188)
  • Giulietta - 24 in TYE/TRS (TYE, page 57)
  • Enzo - 20+ in TYE, 22+ (If he’s still aging when dying/resurrected?) in TMS (primarily TRS page 73 and relativity)
  • Raffaele - 20 in TYE, 22 in TMS (relativity)
  • Teren - 19 in TYE, 21 in TMS (TYE, page 57)
  • Maeve - 20 in TYE, 22 in TMS (Marie Lu’s Reddit AMA)
  • Lucent - 21 in TYE, 23 in TMS (Marie Lu’s Reddit AMA)
  • Gemma - 15 in TYE/TRS (Marie Lu’s Reddit AMA)

I’ve thought about this extensively, it’s been on my mind a lot. Teren’s really the keystone to figuring out everyone else’s ages, surprisingly, with the fact his age is stated outright and in relation to Enzo’s.

I hope someone finds this informative, at least, and I know I like having it all down in one place with the sources and everything. Feel free to reply or reblog or w/e if you have any questions/corrections!


anonymous asked: favorite character+the young elites

Inquisitors drag Teren to his feet. Even now, in his pain and exhaustion and heavy chains, he pulls and strains against them, causing the multiple iron shackles binding his limbs to pull taut. To my surprise, he smiles at me. It is a bitter, anguished smile, full of heartbreak. His cheeks are wet with tears and rain. His eyes still shine with madness, and now I realize that the madness is because of Giulietta’s death. 

“Why don’t you kill me, my little wolf?” he says. His voice is strangely calm now, hoarse with a sorrow I have not heard before.

  • Giulietta: *exists*
  • Teren: It's 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌there👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit
❝ When you’re all alone in a world that hates and fears you, you want to find others like yourself. New friends. Elite friends. ❞

The Young Elites and The Rose Society by Marie Lu