Goodreads Rating: 4.16 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Superhero
Recommend to: To anyone who loves superpowers, heroes, villains and brilliant world-building. The characters in this story are truly what made it such a fun read (and the ending of this book was unexpected and blew me away.)
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
The book starts with an intense scene that immediately takes the reader into the world and gives us the perspective of one of our main characters.
The two characters we follow are Nova and Adrian who are both brilliantly written. Nova is much more fleshed out as a character as she dominated a lot of the perspective in the book. Nova is loyal and dedicated to the people around her – and this created an interesting dichotomy between the image of the Anarchists she grows up with and the archetypical image of them that is displayed to the rest of the world. On the other hand, we have Adrian who is a Renegade and from his perspective, we see justice as the ‘superheroes’ believe it should be. These two clashing opinions are constantly changing and adapting to what each character experiences.
The political landscape of this story is interesting and twisted by the archetypical expectations that society has given them. The heroes vs villains trope is twisted and deformed as the book continues to surprise us by throwing fun plot twists our way. We learn a lot about the intricacies of what a ‘hero’ run society would actually mean for all who live in it.
The interesting and unique thing I loved about this book was how Marissa Meyer took each and every idea that surrounds the superhero and she took it apart, making it her own amazing story. I adore the ‘comic book’ feel to this story. The powers and unique magic that we find adds a great deal of character to each and every person we come across in the book. A lot of the characters that are closer to Nova, are well fleshed out and we see them develop and grow throughout the first book.
I slowly fell in love with this intricately woven world – but as I neared the end I wasn’t sure that I was going to love it and be obsessed with it like so many others who had read it. It had been a fun and exciting read so far but it had a faux ending (which had me sitting there thinking ‘yeah its good but I’m not completely obsessed’) and then the last chapter happened and my mind was completely blown.
Marissa Meyer is great at withholding pertinent information until the end because it’s a brilliant technique to surprise the reader. And once again Marissa Meyer’s ending of Renegades had me gasping and just left me in shock. The ending was completely unexpected and I can not emphasize how brilliant that ending was.
I can’t wait for Supernova’s release later this year because I will be binge reading the next 2 installments in the series as soon as I get them.
Happy Reading !