Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Published by: Dutton Books
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Print ARC, Hardcover
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 started reading this as an ARC I borrowed from a friend…but then I went out and bought a hardcover, and finished the rest as a finished copy. Which is slightly surprising because this same friend had DNF’d it, so I didn’t think I’d like it much either. And yet, I got sucked in from the prologue. The prologue. When does that ever happen?
Anyways, I really enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, so I’d been anticipating this book for a while even if I didn’t think a superhero novel would work very well. I’m please to say that I was wrong about that last part–somehow this format worked really well. It helps that Meyer is pretty good with descriptions. I could picture everything really well, and the book seemed to have a cartoon-y feel to it, which I really loved.
I also really enjoyed the characters, and I thought they were fleshed out very well. But that is another one of Marissa Meyer’s strong suits, as we know from The Lunar Chronicles. There were some pretty strong personalities here, all of whom I loved a lot–even when I hated them. Many of them were also pretty ridiculous, which was both completely intentional and delightful to read. I’d needed something that was just pure fun, and I definitely got that with Renegades. It was almost as much fun as Cinder (but I don’t know that I’d put it quite that high), and it is definitely worth the read.
I also loved that Meyer added a lot of representation–this wasn’t your typical white on white on white story, as so many comics and books tend to be. But that is another of Meyer’s strong suits as well. She includes a lot of different people, without making it feel like pandering or like she’s trying too hard. She also does it without stepping on toes; Nova is half-Filipino, but that isn’t something that Meyer concentrates on. It’s just a fact. Same goes for many other characters in the book–like Adrian’s dads.
The story itself was fairly predictable. This isn’t a bad thing per se, because I enjoyed it nonetheless (and so is every Avengers film, but I still go see them on opening night). All in all, I was really happy with Renegades, and I’m super excited to read the next one. I’m also very excited that this is a duology because I’m very much over series that take 6 books, 5 spin-offs, and one unsuccessful graphic novel adaptation before they finally end.
Have you read this? What did you think?
Let me know!