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The Elites

The Elites There is a rumour that the Elites don t bleed Hundreds of years into the future wars riots resource crises and rising sea levels have destroyed the old civilisations Only one city has survived Neo

  • Title: The Elites
  • Author: Natasha Ngan
  • ISBN: 9781471401527
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • There is a rumour that the Elites don t bleed Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea levels have destroyed the old civilisations Only one city has survived Neo Babel, a city full of cultures and racial tension Fifteen year old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA She d ne There is a rumour that the Elites don t bleed Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea levels have destroyed the old civilisations Only one city has survived Neo Babel, a city full of cultures and racial tension Fifteen year old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA She d never dream of leaving but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel s president, setting off a chain of events shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly a boy with genetically enhanced wings , Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.Packed full of adventure, romance, exoticism and the power of friendship, The Elites is a highly compelling and beautifully written novel from a supremely talented debut author.

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    • Í The Elites ¾ Natasha Ngan
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    About Author

    1. Natasha Ngan says:
      Natasha Ngan is part young adult author, part yoga teacher, part habitual nap taker She grew up between Malaysia and the UK, speaking Chinese with her mother mainly as a way to talk about people without them understanding She studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and later worked as a fashion blogger, social media consultant and freelance writer Natasha recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand and wineglass in the other In reality, she mostly spends her time lost on the metro and offending locals with her French She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary Her YA novels THE ELITES and THE MEMORY KEEPERS are out now from Hot Key Books, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE will be published in Fall 2018 by Little Brown.

    Comment 324 on “The Elites

    1. Khanh (the meanie) says:
      The key to making a believable dystopian world is giving it some basis in reality No matter how strange, how new, how incredible this imagined world it, is has to be at the very least, credible, and I felt that the city of Neo Babel in this book was poorly executed and depicted.This book was plagued with problems, along with the mess of the a dystopian city that is Neo Babel, we have an unbelievable system of Elites soldiers all of whom are young, ranging from 10 to a their early 20s, which begs [...]

    2. Natasha Ngan says:
      Hehe I am a little biased I wrote the book after all But I do hope you enjoy it It s a dystopian narrative but with a very different and unique setting culture, and characters I hope you fall in love with as much as I did Find out about The Elites on my author blog natashangan

    3. Neil Richardson says:
      The Elites is a phenomenal young adult science fiction debut novel from Natasha Ngan The novel begins with the oppressive dystopian feel of Brave New World as the reader enters Neo Babel, a society rigidly delineated on genetic lines The main character, Silver, is one of the best drawn sympathetic yet flawed heroines I ve encountered in my long reading experience Straight away, I found myself thrust into her point of view and wincing with her near misses, rejoicing with her successes, aching wit [...]

    4. hawwa says:
      The Elites was probably the book i have been most excited to read this summer I was a little scared that after all my excitement, when i actually read the book it would be a flop but it didn t Natasha Ngan seriously delivered and this is one book i will read and re read, and never get tired of The world building was perfect, the story line unique AND THERE WAS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT GUYS What s not to love The Elites is definitely not a novel to be missed Compelling yet subtle, the book does not [...]

    5. Kirsty says:
      I thoroughly enjoyed this book but have made the mistake of leaving it too long before reviewing so please don t take the short length of this review as a bad sign because it is due to my rubbish brain than the quality of the book In short I thought I was done with dystopian books I thoughts I couldn t get drawn into yet another dystopian world and yet this book did it for me I liked several things about the book I loved the main characters silver and butterfly I loved the world that surrounded [...]

    6. Charlotte says:
      4.5 5Originally published at Gypsy ReviewsI received an ARC direct from the publisher Thank you I went into The Elites with low expectations and was wowed by it It might seem like your typical dystopian but underneath it all, there are subtle messages about racism, family, freedom, loyalty and trying to figure out which is the side you want to be on It has elements that you wouldn t expect to see from many dystopians as it embraces diversity and managed to pop out such an engaging climax that wa [...]

    7. Hannah Green says:
      After what I considered a reasonable break from my favourite genre, a box full of hot key proofs arrived where I work and immediately I leapt upon this book because it sounded perfect for me and, after numerous recent disappointments, I have to say it is one of the best YA dystopians that I have read for a while.Silver and Butterfly have both been streamed into a specialist training programme due to their DNA which leads them into a career as elites This leads to a lifetime protecting the city t [...]

    8. Rita says:
      Hmmturning my thoughts and feels into a coherent review is going to be harde if you follow me on , you ll see that my updates consisted of the word FEELS.I absolutely loved the world in The Elites I loved how it had so many different cultures together in one city but there was still a form of racism I felt that this made Neo Babel very realistic because the world is currently like that I also loved seeing how all these different cultures were described, and comparing them to the cultures we have [...]

    9. Peter C says:
      Based of a preview copy.Silver and Butterfly are two Elites , members of the City of Neo Babel s higher ruling justice force, chosen at a young age based on the content of their DNA.The city, the remainder of human society following war and natural disaster, provides for most, a safe and peaceful existence at the cost of enforced social castes and a Big Brother system of tracking.When Silver s parents are abducted to the outside, both Elites are forced to accept that the perfect ordered lives th [...]

    10. Mai is a Happy Bibliophile says:
      There is a rumor that the Elites don t bleed Phenomenal I love the writing.I love the concept.I love the subtle love story.I love the kickass action.I love Neo Babel.I love Butterfly Damn.Natasha Ngan is a very gifted author and so young too we re of the same age Congratulations for such a good read I love the world of Neo Babel that she created where all of the culture we came to know live in one city and despite the differences, racism and a bit of discrimination among the Mainlanders and Reds [...]

    11. Sophie says:
      The Elites was such an enjoyable debut from Natasha Ngan and one of the first books for a while where I ve really been able to immerse myself in the world, characters and plot line Ngan has here a novel that has so many cultural aspects and really makes you feel that you are part of her world Neo Babel and, despite being set in the future, it tackles issues that are really rooted in today s society The way this novel was told was a highlight of the book for me The multiple point of views were ne [...]

    12. Amber says:
      See FULL review here themilelongbookshelfNeo 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 [...]

    13. Laura says:
      I was actually recommended this book by an author and if I were to tell you that author was Philip Reeve, then you can understand my real desire to get a copy ASAP If it s got the Reeve stamp of approval on it, then I m definitely up for giving it a go.Silver and Butterfly are Elites, specially selected from the surviving population of the new world to train and protect their society and its way of life Silver has always been a slower learner and Butterfly is her best friend and he s always one [...]

    14. SJH (A Dream of Books) says:
      The Elites is 23 year old Natasha Ngan s first book and is a hugely impressive debut I d heard a lot of buzz about it prior to publication so I couldn t wait to get my hands on a copy and delve into the incredible world that Natasha has created The story takes place against the backdrop of the city of Neo Babel, which is still standing after the wars and destruction that destroyed everything else around them It features two unusual characters Silver and Butterfly who are two of The Elites, chose [...]

    15. Ingrid Jonach says:
      The Elites is a wonderful blend of action, adventure and romance I barely had time to scratch myself when I picked it up to read and I STILL could not put it down This is such a unique story of two teenagers Silver and Butterfly who are part of a secret service style organisation for futuristic city Neo Babel When Silver fails to stop an assassination attempt on the President epic fail for Silver and her parents go missing, she is thrown into what could only be described as a journey of self dis [...]

    16. Phoebe Amoroso says:
      Phenomenal read completely absorbing from the first page This book combines beautiful writing with compelling storytelling to create a credible and completely enthralling narrative Neo Babel is an exotic city of the future a melting pot of cultures that is completely cut off from the Outside Its citizens are DNA tested at birth to see whether they have the genetic make up to be an Elite, the privileged fighters, rulers and protectors of the city But beneath its idyllic surface, it is a place of [...]

    17. Cah says:
      An exciting and compelling debut from a promising young author Protagonists Silver and Butterfly are wonderfully crafted characters thoroughly relatable and have a truly captivating history They are two of The Elites , people chosen by their superior genetic make up to be the defenders of Neo Babel, a city protected and isolated from the Outside After Silver s parents are abducted and an act of terrorism is committed in Neo Babel on her watch, she and Butterfly set out to find Silver s parents a [...]

    18. Immzie says:
      its books like this that makes me love working in a book store I read this book in almost one sitting, refusing to move from the chair until I knew what happened That is a rare thing for me I have not read a book that could do that in a few years.The world, the characters, everything in this is convincing, as if you could close the book and open your eyes to the world you were reading about You felt good when the characters fell good, your heart broke when theirs did You wanted to reach into the [...]

    19. Edward Carey says:
      Elites is a wonderful roller coaster of a book, tender and breathtaking, with a wonderful array of characters, and a real sense of danger Ngan really involves the reader, plunging them from one drama to the next, you really do not know whether the characters will make it or not Not all will As a reader you become very protective.It also deal with very serious subjects, it s a really fascinating look into racism and xenophobia, and a wonderful exploration of a distopia hidden as a utopia It s a v [...]

    20. Callum says:
      This is the best thing I have ever read.It is lyrical, beautifully developed, emotive and full of passion, great characters and a great plot The writing is superb and the pace is spot on fast paced when it needs to be and appropriately slower paced when you need to catch your breath and let your heart rate slow back down If there was anywhere I could choose to be right now, it would be in the world of The Elites the world building was outstanding ABSOLUTE MUST READ though be prepared to be left [...]

    21. Stephen says:
      A really well written, fast paced fantasy with exciting twists at every turn I love fantasy fiction, and as a kid grew up with the Edge Chronicles books by Chris Riddel and Paul Stewart The brilliant style of writing in The Elites is reminiscent of the Edge Chronicles books but with slightly adult themes explored I can highly recommend and am looking forward to books exploring the world of The Elites and other universes from the creative and eloquent mind of author, Natasha Ngan.

    22. Kate Ormand says:
      Stunning detail and fast paced action I really enjoyed this one.

    23. Iona says:
      This is the best book I ve read this year If you like dystopia you must read this book.


    24. Erleen Alvarez says:
      For of my reviews, visit Books For YA Thank you Hot Key Books for sending me this copy No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.The Elites is a multicultural dystopian world full of nonstop action and shocking revelations Enter Neo Babel, a place for everyone but don t be fooled by this seemingly perfect world because underneath the foundation of this city are buried lies.In a city where all nations live together, DNA became the base of social ranking and status Those that have s [...]

    25. Laura says:
      Review of The Elites This review and others can be found on bookishtreasures This review was a real struggle for me to write because The Elites is one of those books that is so good it is a struggle to put your thoughts into words From the moment I first heard about this book I knew that I just had to read it The cover was amazing and the concept had me hooked Over time my excitement grew and so did my expectations to the point where I actually didn t think the book could live up You know when y [...]

    26. Serendipity Reviews says:
      Originally published on serendipityreviewsI feel like I ve been waiting to read this book for such a long time Natasha Ngan has been on my radar for quite some time and I was intrigued about this YA fantasy novel that dealt with such adult topics as politics, class segregation and rebellion I was impressed with how the author managed to make a political situation, so action packed and fast paced The author has created an intricate and highly detailed world which must have taken a long time to ev [...]

    27. Amelia says:
      So, apparently the author of The Elites is only twenty four God, I am such a slacker Anyway a decent YA debut novel Post apocalyptic dystopian in genre Interesting in that, although the inhabitants are from all over the world, the city and its culture are Asian Most of this genre is based in America or occasionally Europe so it s nice to see something that branches out a little I m surprised that this isn t getting much attention when it s missing all of the terrible tropes you see in a lot of Y [...]

    28. Mỹ Khương says:
      Oh God this book looks so freaking cool By the way does the authoress have Vietnamese origin If so then I d be so thrilled because it s my home country Anyway, I really really hope to win this book, fingers crossed.


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