I love a good high fantasy. This is a pretty decent start to what I hope will turn out to be a fantastic series. Let me start by saying I loved Legend. I also thought that the series got better as it went on. This gives me high hopes for future installments in The Young Elites series. The premise of this fantasy is great: medieval, strange illness, kids with super powers! That's like a trifecta of awesome! The characters themselves are also fantastic, flawed, and questionably placed on the number line of good vs. Evil. I would have liked more time to explore the world of this fantasy and not had to jump right into the action, however, there is still time for this in future volumes. And of that ending! Seriously, it haunted me for days after I finished it!
Final recommendations: if you like high fantasy, super kids, flawed but lovable heroines, flawed yet hot boys (I mean don't we all?!)