Title: Renegades (Renegades, #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publish Date: November 7, 2017
# of Pages: 476
** Possible spoilers!**
(From Goodreads) 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.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer is an action packed novel full of superheroes, villains and intrigue.
I really enjoyed Renegades! The story is interesting, the characters are engaging, and the overall pace of the novel is good. While it definitely had the feel of X-Men at times, this was a unique story and fun to read from start to finish.
I like that the book hooks you from the very beginning. You follow the evolution of Nova as a villain to Nova as a Renegade. It’s an intriguing storyline that you can’t help but be sucked into. I found myself at odds while reading the book: am I team Renegade, or team Villain?
I appreciated that in this world, not everything is black and white. The villains have legitimate views that are not all evil. They want freedom for prodigies—that’s a hard thing to fault. On the flip side, not all Renegades are sunshine, rainbows, and ethically sound. You have Renegade thieves and those who bend the rules to suit their purposes. In our world, there is no black or white either, so this is a timely reminder in today’s rocky political climate.
Nova is an awesome villain. Is she good? Is she bad? It’s hard to tell which way she’s going to swing, but I think the more time she spends with the Renegades, the more she realizes they’re not as bad as the villains paint them to be. I hope she stays on the side of “good,” and uses her influence to pave a new era between prodigies and common people.
Adrian is an equally awesome Renegade with the coolest superhero power. Of the prodigies, I’d probably like to have Sketch’s the most. After all, he can be whatever he wants to be, right? I really enjoyed reading the interactions between him and Nova. The romance there is very sweet and innocent, which is a nice contrast to the violent jobs prodigies typically have.
Out of all the characters, I’m most intrigued by the Bandit. What’s the end game? We find out in the end of the novel what the Renegades are using the Bandit for, but how is this going to play out in future books? How will this sway Nova’s mission?
The book ends with more questions than answers, but that’s to be expected in a series. I’m hooked, and I’m already eagerly anticipating the next book.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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