From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer,comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
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.
This review is spoiler free.
Oh hello there, first favourite book of 2018.
“There’s no rule that says you have to be a prodigy to be a hero,” she insisted. “If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find ways to be heroic, even without supernatural powers.”
I have seen many negative reviews about this book and the one thing that disappointed people was how slow it was and how too little things happened in it. Well, needless to say that it didn’t bother me at all.
As soon as I read the introduction and then the prologue of Renegades, I was hooked. Okay, I even cried already. There was something about the way Marissa presented the story, the way she created this world and introduced us to her characters that spoke to me. I knew, as I was finishing the prologue and already holding the book close to my heart, that it would somehow change me and give me something I needed at this time. And it did.
Renegades is a novel about superheroes, villains, secret identities and humanity. It gives you both points of view: the one of those who should be good and the one of those who should be bad. You are up to decide to which side you belong, and I have to say that I still don’t know. The complexity of the world, of its politics and of the characters make it hard to truly understand who the villains in this story are. But as Adrian said, one of the main characters, and as I kept saying while reading Fairest (which means that I was right about my interpretation of that book), a villain is someone who, once facing a choice, do the wrong thing despite everything else (backstory and more). And in that way many can be seen as villains in this books but aren’t, just as some can be seen as good but aren’t completely.
As I am writing this, the quote “One cannot be brave who has no fear.” keeps repeating itself in my head. Those eight words somehow became important to me and will stay with me for a really long time. I truly believe that this entire book will stick with me for a really long time. Do I love it more than the Lunar Chronicles series? That would be hard to say – I cannot compare an entire series to a single book. But I have to say that Renegades proved me that Marissa Meyer definitely is one of my favourite authors, one who always makes me feel better thanks to her writing, and that she keeps getting better.
Because I was disappointed by Cinder (but obsessed with every other books from the series), I was afraid that Renegades would suffer from the “first book syndrome” as well. The truth is that yes, this novel is slow and nothing much really happens in the end because there are many descriptions and thoughts etc but it was brilliant.
Where Cinder was too predictable for me, Renegades took me by surprise and every plot twists made me gasp. As I said, it was slow but I still felt as if I just run a marathon because of how much action was described in this book. It definitely was like a superhero comic book, and that may be why I loved it so much. It also was so well done that I could feel as if I was there, in this world, with all the characters. Every one of them was perfectly clear in my head, as well as the world. I could see everything and feel everything.
I personally liked the fact that the plot was slow paced and only really started after more than a hundred pages. The whole situation is way too complicated to be rushed and I’m so glad Marissa took the time to describe everything and to make the things evolved correctly. Everything felt natural, normal and I could understand every character’s decisions and development. The relationships were so wonderfully exploited for once, which I think it’s rare in YA literature, and that’s what made this book so great for me. So yes, it definitely was slow and you can say that not so many things were happening and that this book could have been 300 pages long instead of 550, but it still was a masterpiece and I loved that Marissa took her time to get the story where she wanted and to develop her characters well.
About the characters, I have to say that I loved them all – bad, good, whatever. They all spoke to me. Of course, there were some I didn’t like but Marissa wrote them so well that I still loved to hate them. And for the two main characters, Adrian and Nova… I would die for them. I mean it. I love them with everything that I have and I will protect them with my life. Are you starting to get why I am now obsessed with this book?
In the end, I loved everything: the writing, the plot, the world, the superpowers, the characters, the relationships, the diversity also (the Lunar Chronicles series was all about heterosexual relationships and here it wasn’t, plus we had a disabled superhero and all the characters were different when it comes to skin colour and sexuality, and it is important to say that all of this wasn’t put out there for the sake of it), the dialogues and more. It was everything I wanted, everything I needed and I may re-read it before the release of the sequel, which will be the finale (and I am not ready).
“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.”