Review: Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer


Series : Renegades

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

Source : Publisher

Release Date : December `14th 2017


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.

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I have a good track record when it comes Meyer and her books so when Renegades was announced. I was excited as this book seem right up my alley. I may get some hits and misses but I liked to think I know my tastes pretty well. Therefore I had expectations and it  was no surprise that I did love this book as I have been loving  YA sci-fi lately .  Plus it is superheroes and they  have become a big thing around here  and  Meyer’s take on them is fun , entertaining and complex.

Even so I wasn’t prepared for Renegades. I really found myself enjoying this book  was loving that it was  based around super heroes and  feeding my need for them. It ‘s isn’t anything ground breaking but Meyers got a clever concept here and I can’t wait to read more of this series. As the cliffhanger is one of my favourites for  this year . And there has been some goods ones. And so it ranks in my top five  of 2017 and honestly YA is killing it!

Renegades is the titular name for a syndicate of superheros who reclaimed and now govern a city in an alternative world. Sounds like any other super hero group around but that not what makes the story tick. It is the complex cast of characters who lives are entwined in this engaging story  who keep throwing  things at the readers. As there is no clear cut black and white in this story.   That  is the beauty of the story, as no one who they say they are in the story exactly.

There are degrees of secrets with the  main characters and few key supporting characters which drive the novel. You can’t fault the powers though but I soon was enchanted with the two central characters who should be day and night .  Good and evil, but they are conflicted and as a result making decisions that could change the tide .

Our lead, anti hero  Nova  is the poster child for villain. Yet her story isn’t about pure villainy. She is a conflicted soul and this is what the book is driven by . Gifted with powers that any one would want, her abilities have become revered by both sides. Yet she is  conflicted by the rights and wrongs of being either a hero or a villain. Driven by revenge, she  conflict by the thought whether revenge is clear cut as she thought it would be,  something which our male lead shares.

Adrian is the poster boy for  Renegades, son of the  two of founding members  and is  interested in Nova. Nova enters his life with a bang and conflict his interest in what he believes in.  With unique powers, he could be the next generation leader. Yet he is conflicted with his abilities and the fact he seeks justice that something that seems a side mission for the Renegades.

Intrigued by each other and this only the tip of the iceberg with what is going on, it is hard not to enjoy this story in my eyes. I loved the complex characters we met and the plot as Nova and Adrian made decisions that affect the cast as a whole.  Whilst they were the obvious favourites, I loved the uniqueness of the story. Everyone was allowed to be themselves to extent and the powers were wild and crazy.

It  is a rich world, and whilst at times I did feel this story was dragging. By I was won over by the end after taking the time appreciate the story and really get my head around things. Renegades is the next great series from Meyers and readers should jump on it before it gets too explosive.



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