“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: November 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Pages – 556
Rating – 4/5
The Renegades are a subdivision of prodigies who are humans with extraordinary abilities/powers that rose during the destruction/ruins of society in order to establish peace and justice. At present day, they are viewed as saviors and champions of the world except to the Anarchists, the villains they overthrew.
Renegades follows the perspective of two prodigies, Nova – an anarchists who is determined to bring the downfall of the Renegades – and Adrian – a renegade who believes in order and justice.
- Nova – Fierce; Resourceful; Alias Nightmare; I love the twist Marissa Meyer added to the plot to have the female lead be part of the Anarchist group. You generally do not see this within a lot of YA novels but is was refreshing to read from her perspective. As a reader, you do understand the reasons as to why she feels the way she does.
- Adrian – Selfless; Brave; Alias Sketch; Adrian’s character resembled a typical superhero but for his age he is very eager to prove himself and that he deserves to be a renegade who can take on complex missions. His team members (Ruby and Oscar) were also very fun to read about 🙂
One of the main reasons I love Marissa Meyer’s work is because although she writes novels which are within the fun sci-fi/fantasy genres, you can always pick out the stronger message/subtext that she is trying to deliver and she does so within this novel as well.
To begin with, there are a lot of characters within this novel so it helps that there is a character page in the beginning which breaks down the members of the two groups with their powers. You would have to remember both the real names as well as the hero/villain names but it gets easier as you continue reading. Regarding content, the first few chapters really do grab your attention as a reader since it is very intense and action packed but I will say that the plot did not thicken until 200+ pages into the book so I do think a lot of the novel could have been condensed since it is about 556 pages in total.
The world of the prodigies are split between the Renegades and Anarchist which is basically good vs. evil but everything is not as simple as it seems. I love how Marissa Meyer dives deeper within the two groups and adds layers to the branches of society. Not everyone who is a renegade are considered “good.” And there are times when you see some Anarchists operating within a gray line.
As you continue reading, a lot of secrets are dispersed throughout the novel which does help with engaging the reader. I also enjoyed reading about the various types of powers the prodigies had which included elemental manipulation, super strength, invisibility explosive generation etc. The romance was definitely a slow burn (which is the type I prefer in novels) and their relationship is still developing but the focus was more between the building tension between the renegades and the anarchists. Overall, I will definitely recommend this novel if you are a fan of Marvel/DC comics and movies or if you love a fun dystopian/superpower novel.
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