Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The first book in the Renegades series.
My Rating – 5* – 5*
‘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.’
I was very hesitant to finally getting around to reading my ARC of Renegades just because the reviews on Goodreads are so divided, a lot of people leaning more towards the straight up “nope, this book was so disappointing!”, so I’m not going to deny I was wary about picking this up. I absolutely adored the Lunar Chronicles series and Heartless was okay but this sounded so intriguing as I RELIGIOUSLY watch any marvel or DC movie that comes out in the cinema or any marvel TV show that get’s made, I friggin love superheroes.
The powers in this were so awesome and unique, the ability to force people to go to sleep, the ability to make your drawing come to life (lol I can’t draw so that would be awful for me), they are just two of my favourites but there are so many more awesome and unique superpowers for the heroes and villains alike!
“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow night might be better.”
So, because this book is all about superhero’s and villains and is I think 500 (maybe more) pages I expected it to be full of action and awesome fight scenes but there wasn’t really a whole lot of that. YES IT WAS A LITTLE DISSAPOINTING but I got over it pretty quickly as we were introduced to some awesome characters and we got to find out more about the world and how much it has changed. I LOVE THE WORLD AND THE CHARACTERS (yes, it deserves capitals ok don’t judge) so much, like I am so attached to every single one of those characters and the world is just amazing and I just want to be a renegade ☹
Of course, because I got so attached to the characters so quickly I can also inform that I SHIP ALL THE SHIPS and that those SHIPS BETTER SAIL and NOTHING better happen to my precious babies and they all better be happy and they all better get together!!!!! (as you can see I’m very adamant that everything turns out okay for them!!!)
“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”
I love the history between the Anarchist’s and the Renegads – what really makes a hero? What is good and evil? So much has changed for each team over the course of history that the line between good and evil is so blurred and I love that about this book – I can see both sides of what they believe in and its so interesting to see Marissa Meyer delve into that side of things.
SO I’m not going to give anything away of course but I am very excited to see what happens in the next book even though I’m sure I’ll have to wait over a trillion years. I feel a bit silly now that I was so wary about picking this book up because I really enjoyed it and I do recommend it for those who have enjoyed her other work! 😊
➡️ thank you to Macmillan and Netgalley for the arc.