Author: Natasha Ngan
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Dystopian
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Neo-Babel is a bizarre city set in the future. The people of Neo-Babel have their DNA tested straight away at birth to see whether they have the superior genetics to be an Elite - the advanced, privileged, trained fighters of the city. It all sounds fine, if not slightly strange, but under the surface is discrimination and deceit. But how long will it take for Silver to find that out for herself and will it be too late to do anything about it?
Wow. The names of the characters in this book are beautiful! Silver, Butterfly, Domino, Little Mae, Ember...I love them so much! And the names perfectly matched the personalities. Silver is strong, Butterfly is gentle and has wings, Domino has two sides to him, Little Mae is little and Ember is feisty and has hair like flames. You can tell a lot of thought went into every tiny detail of this book and it really paid off.
This really is a fantastic roller coaster of a book. It blew my mind! The writing was beautifully breathtaking with a great range of characters that I truly cared for and I always felt a real sense of danger due to what was happening. I just wanted to jump off the sofa and walk straight into the story to help them! Natasha Ngan really involves the reader, if that makes sense; I almost felt like I was there. The Elites is a stunning novel and it had something that made it a really rare treat of a book. Each scene was painted perfectly and I could picture everything really well. The Elites is like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows mixed into one legendary book!
The Elites also deals with tough subjects (which I wrote about on Lucy's blog here, saying how I wanted more books like this) such as racism and death. The only fault is that I wanted to see Butterfly and Silver's love grow even more, but it was still very sweet.
I spent all day reading this book and I don't regret it at all. This was my reaction after completing the book, which caused my Mum to burst out laughing:
Once you've started reading this, you won't be able to stop. It's absolutely phenomenal, with a compelling plot and a Dystopian world disguised as a Utopian world that Ngan has expertly crafted. I loved every second and it grabbed me from the very first page! It's a really refreshing book because it's not a cliche, and most books are, in all honesty. Everything was believable and that's a fantastic quality in a book. The descriptions were rich and...gah, let's just say if I had the author's autograph I would frame it and worship it every day. Yep.
Natasha Ngan is the next big thing. She'll be up there with writers such as J.K Rowling and Suzanne Collins, just you watch! I'm very proud to say that I was one of the first to read this book. It would make a fabulous film...*hint hint, publishers* Beautifully crafted and compelling - a must read. 5/5!