review

Renegades

Hello new friends and new followers! I know I’ve been absent for a while and I apologize! I hate it when things get so busy you can’t do what you love! So I’m definitely trying to make time for blogging every week!

Anyway! I recently read Renegades by Marisa Meyer. I loved her Lunar Chronicles series so while I hoped I would love this book, I was also a little hesitant… what if it just wasn’t as good?? For those who don’t know, Renegades involves superheroes. And in today’s world where superhero movies are basically the norm, I wondered how Meyer would present it in a new and interesting way! But did she ever! Here is a brief overview:

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies β€” humans with extraordinary abilities β€” 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 β€” and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Going into the book you quickly learn that there’s the two sides – Renegades and Anarchists. And I get compelled to pick a side! I won’t tell you which side I picked because spoilers… but it was hard! It’s one of those the ‘good guys’ aren’t all good or don’t always do good things. But the ‘bad guys’ have back stories and families that show you why they’re doing what they do! So who do you pick?

For me, the book was a little reminiscent of The Incredibles. Where ‘supers’ were a normal part of like. But I think what I enjoyed the most was that everyone was aware of the heroes real identities. I think the whole ‘every hero has a secret identity’ is overdone, so I really really enjoyed that everyone was aware of most of the heroes identities.

The other story it reminded me of was Romeo and Juliet. Who doesn’t like a love story where you KNOW it’s going to end badly πŸ˜‚ don’t get me wrong. I don’t want it to end badly. But they’re your basic Capulet and Montague! Both Nova and Adrian were great characters. And I loved having their different POV’s through the whole story. They’re both young people who believe that what they’re doing is right, but who can also see the ‘other side’ of their group, and don’t blindly follow rules. They’ve both been thrust into this battle that they may not have necessarily wanted to be in if they didn’t have their powers.

Now let’s talk about powers! I mean, there’s the people who can fly, the ones who turn invisible, but then there’s people who can create bombs with their power! Or turn their body to stone. Or bleed rubies! The fact that there were so many different types of powers made the story so interesting! It wasn’t just your stock standard boring powers. I say boring, but like wouldn’t we all die to have them?? 😝 Meyer did a great job of making each power unique and interesting and I love it.

I am so looking forward to the next book. It was a great read and was completely engaging the whole time. This is one of my most highly recommended books so far this year and I’m giving it a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of five stars! If you want to get your own copy – which you should – click here 😊

Happy reading my friends!

-Bec

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