Renegades (Renegades, #1)by Published 07 Nov 2017
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From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
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.
"Renegades (Renegades, #1)" Reviews
2 1/2 stars.
I'm reminding myself while I'm writing this that I really didn't like Meyer's Cinder but went on to enjoy the rest of the series. Maybe Meyer is just not great at beginnings. Maybe I'm already feeling burned out on this new "It" genre featuring superhero stories. All I know is that Renegades didn't really pick up until the second half and, looking back, I don't get the sense that this first book really had a story arc. There was no climax or revelation. It felt like one very long introduction.
For much of the book, this feels like a very standard superhero tale that doesn't do anything new. After an age of anarchy descended and gangs ruled the streets, the Renegades emerged to restore the balance with their superpowers. Now they rule the city. The orphaned Nova, however, feels they are the reason her parents were murdered and so she teams up with the other side - the Anarchists - in order to overthrow the Renegades.
It was almost unreadable at first, with the cliche dialogue making it seem as if the characters were reading off the script for the latest superhero movie:
"Nightmare," said Smokescreen, with a subtle incline of his head. "It's been a while."
"You're about to wish it had been longer."
"Your days of villainy are over, Nightmare."
Both characters and scenes seem stolen straight from Marvel. Frostbite is obviously a play on Storm from X-men, right down to the “silver-white hair”. Gargoyle is a Hulk-like monster. They are not developed far beyond the description of their powers, which makes it difficult to distinguish them from the superheroes we know. Similarly, the parade attack near the beginning will surely remind many readers of the Green Goblin vs Spiderman parade attack.
And how is it possible that no-one worked out that Adrian is the Sentinel? Honestly, how? The Sentinel is a mysterious new superhero who claims he is a Renegade and Adrian suddenly disappears every time he’s around. Plus everyone knows how much both Adrian and the Sentinel want to find Nightmare… how do they not know? He is the worst at having a secret identity. (Note: this is not a spoiler. We are told his identity in the beginning.)
It's a long book for YA and it feels even longer. Though it does pick up eventually, I thought it was too little, too late. I will probably read on with the series, if only because I learned once already that Meyer builds up to the goods. But my expectations have been dramatically lowered.
Diversity points for the Italian-Filipina protagonist, Adrian's two dads, and a character with a disability.
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“Hero or villain, all prodigies were powerful. All prodigies were dangerous.”
Me and Marissa Meyer have an all over the place relationship. I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Lunar Chronicles, but I love Scarlet and Wolf! But my favorite thing she’s ever created was Heartless, which I five starred and it made it onto my best of list the year it came out. So, I didn’t know what to expect going into Renegades. I wasn’t even going to pick it up originally, but I did solely because I saw a Goodreads review being disgusting about there being two gay dads that raised one of the main protagonists. TL;DR - I loved the gay dads, but I only ended up liking Renegades.
Renegades is set in a world where people rely on superheroes. The superheroes come with a vast array of powers and abilities, but with superheroes, there are always supervillains, too! Yet, the supervillains are more of rebels with superpowers, and they call themselves the Anarchists!
Our main protagonist, Nova, was raised to believe in the Renegades and to trust in the hope that they provide. But that all changed the night she was orphaned, and no one came to save her or her family. Since then she has had only one mission: to get vengeance for her family.
“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”
Also, I couldn’t write this review without mentioning that Nova (AKA: Nightmare and Insomnia) is Italian-Filipina, and this made my little Filipina heart so very full of happiness. Also, Nova’s super power is sleep manipulation, which was totally unique and super badass, in my opinion. Also, I’m forever living for morally grey characters that are constantly questioning the motives all around them, so Nova was a damn treat to read about.
The other main protagonist is Adrian (AKA: the Sentinal and Sketch), who happens to have the two kickass, gay, famous, superhero dads! His power is pretty OP; as long as he believes something is plausible, he can draw it and give it the desired effect. Like, it’s kind of complicated, but he can pretty much draw things and make them a reality.
And obviously Nova and Adrian’s lives intertwine and a lot of events ensue. And, if you’ve ever read a book by Marissa Meyer before, you can probably guess that a romance happens as well. Now, forbidden romance is kind of my favorite, and I was here for it, but I will say that it was a little cliché at times.
But this is a story about secrets, filled with characters that are playing both sides for the Renegades and for the Anarchists. This story is filled with twists and turns, and you’ll never really know who to root for, which is pretty amazing.
Yet, this is also a story about questioning what is good and bad. And how things that present themselves as good aren’t always the way they seem. I think it’s important for kids and teens to be reading about questioning the world around them right now, and I really liked the discussion that could be had here from these themes that were presented.
“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.”
Now, let me also say that I read this via audiobook, and I am the worst audiobook reader ever. I just have a really hard time focusing, and I’ll try to listen while I play League of Legends, and then I’ll end up not retaining anything, and I’ll have to go relisten. This book took me a month to read, which is unheard of for me. I strongly believe that if I read this book physically that I would have enjoyed it even more. And I completely plan to do so with the next book!
Overall, if you like superhero books then you will probably really enjoy this one. Sometimes I did feel like maybe a few elements were pulled too strongly from X-Men (*cough ROGUE cough*), but Marissa Meyer’s writing is always easy to read and fun to follow. The story had a bit of racial diversity, sexual diversity, and a disabled side-character that I really appreciated. Also, please give me an entire book of just Max, thanks. But I think most people that have enjoyed previous things by this author will also really enjoy this one! I’m excited to see what happens next, especially with that ending.
“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.”
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3.8 STARS. Totally worth to read.
BOLD. VALIANT. JUST. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A HERO?
Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors, like I need to buy everything she writes.
So, I bought this book because :
1. Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors.
2. The cover looked so BEAUTIFUL.
3. I needed this pretty book on my bookshelf.
4. The plot was interesting.
Look, when my copy arrived at my house, I was beyond excited, you know. I have waited it for days and FINALLY I could touch this book and I literally hugged the book after I tore open the package and I jumped around.
but I admit that I got scared to read it because reading about superheroes was new to me but I do like watching superheroes movies but reading about them? hmm, I don't know and before I read it I had quite high expectations about this book and thank God, it lived up my expectations and it was good but I also think this book could've been better but don't worry this book was still good even though, it wasn't amazing for me.
Here are the reasons why I enjoyed reading this book :
The Plot and The Pacing
I'm not really a fan of superheroes but this book worked for me! it was good and I shouldn't have doubted this book. The plot intrigued me and it kept me that way till the end of the book, which was so great, right!? and I got even more curious, intrigued and excited when I nearly reached the ending and to be honest, I cried a little bit while reading this book but I won't talk further about why I cried because I don't want to spoil any of you and now let me tell you about the pacing.
I love reading slow-paced books but even though it's slow-paced, the book has to keep me interested and this book did that to me. The pacing was slow but it somehow always made me curious about ... well, everything and not every book that I have read managed to keep me interested till the end if it's slow-paced but this book, every thing was interesting and I couldn't help to feel curious and want to read more and more.
first of all, I wanted to talk about Adrian, first. Oh my God. This guy could make me smile the way I rarely smile at boys in real life! Look, I don't really need a boyfriend but I would totally be so happy if I had a boyfriend like Adrian. He is so sweet and he could make me laugh! and I rarely laugh while reading. So this means something, right?
and about Nova, she's cool and smart and there's a particular scene that left me in awe and I even had the urge to shout her name because she was that cool and amazing.
The secondary characters in this book were also great. Especially, Oscar and Ruby. oh and Oscar was very funny and made me laugh so hard. I wish I had a friend like him! He's so precious! and I want to hug them both! and now I'm going to tell you what I didn't really like in this book.
It's about the romance. It's not bad and it was even good but I needed more of the romance hahaha, it wasn't enough and I totally know that the main plot here isn't the romance but ... I still needed more scenes between these two particular characters. ( if you want to find out who these characters, just read the book. IT IS GOOD :) )
In conclusion, I enjoyed reading this book and had a good time reading it. I recommend you guys to read it :D
Thank you very much for reading and liking this review. I appreciate it very much. *hugs* ❤️❤️
Edit : 31/12/2017 : I tried the quiz, guys! And my super power is super strength. 💪🏻
I'm currently reading it and by the way, I love the cover! It's so cool and I hope this book won't let me down. *cross fingers*
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. So fun so complex so interesting – a must read!!
Other than the epic superheroes, what intrigues me most about Renegades is that it focuses on the concept of anarchy, which appears to be lacking in YA despite the abundance of dystopian/futuristic novels already on the market. The history of the time of anarchy combined with active anarchists in the present story made it very unique in that manner. I clearly don’t agree with total anarchy, but the state of the world before and after that period is truly fascinating and leads to a variety of moral questions to toy with while reading.
Although there is an influx of superhero content in the entertainment world as of late, I still feel as if Renegades stands on its own. I’m not a Marvel/DC fan in the slightest and superhero films/comic books are not my thing, but the dynamics of the prodigies vs. the Renegades vs. the Anarchists vs. the public were too fascinating for me to scoff at. The powers of prodigies vary from invulnerability and elemental manipulation to the ability to make origami come to life – the variety in terms of powers and standards created by both the superheroes and the public was very interesting to me. I found all the abilities to be well-though-out consistent, and the increase in scope of powers to be extremely well done. I definitely feel this novel would appeal to non-superhero fans who are still intrigued by the concept of supernatural abilities.
I LOVED the characters in this story. For a SFF YA novel, we have a very diverse cast which I was super pleased with! One of our main characters is Italian/Filipina, and the other is described as having “brown skin”; Additionally, one of them comes from a household with two dads and another superhero side character is disabled (walks with a cane & his superpower has nothing to do with his disability!) Nova is fierce, resourceful, brave, and confident – I truly enjoyed reading from her perspective. Adrian is also brave and intent on justice, but I feel we see more of his soft side as the story progresses. I found most of characters to be interesting and complex.
I REALLY enjoyed the slight romance in this story, more than I have regarding YA books in a while. It is the definition of slow burn, and even by the ending, romantic feelings are only just developing. The story is definitely centered on the dynamics between Renegades and Anarchists, with romance being one of the least important parts of the plot in my opinion. It’s the type of relationship where the flirtations and growth of feelings are only just beginning to brew, but you still REALLY want to root for the characters to be together.
Overall, Renegades was a fantastic read (and a fantastic audiobook!) I would absolutely recommend this read, particularly to those interested in SFF, supernatural powers, complex moral issues, and unbelievable twists. This one is definitely on my list of auto-recommends!
From fairytale retellings to... Marvel-reminiscent superheroes.
Did anyone expect it? I didn't. In my mind, Marissa Meyer still had Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, hell The Princess and the Frog, as well as many other fairytales to write entire books about.
But you have to admire her(?) decision to write about something different. She has no idea if her new series will be well-received or completely hated, and yet she still dared to write what she felt was right to her, not what everyone (like me) expected her to.
The writing is strong, but then again what is new? Marissa Meyer can start writing adult horror books with freaky dead dolls creeping into your brain and the writing would be incredible nonetheless. (I hope she doesn't, though.)
I even enjoyed the story. If I'm not forgetting any past reads, this is my first superhero book read – or one of the firsts – so I was certainly very interested from the beginning, and my interest remained long enough for me to finish these 478 pages in a considerably short time.
Sadly, I have to complain about the overused storyline idea of the child seeking revenge for the death of his/her parents. What I love about vendetta stories is how fierce and determined the revengeful ones are and how important justice – though not exactly the right kind – is to them, which we have here. However, I have to admit that vendetta stories can get repetitive, so not everything in here is original.
Plus good vs. evil fighting against each other because they each believe their own worldviews trump the other's? Meh.
But as I mentioned, I was still very interested, because Marissa Meyer knows how to make the reader want more, with small twists and turns hidden at various places inside the storyline, and by making us curious about the future of the characters, whether we're fully invested in them or just a little. And it's true the characters grow on you, even if in the beginning you're not so sure.
I would suggest Ms. Meyer practiced writing fighting action scenes more, though, since they do feel rehearsed. I had trouble taking some of them seriously.
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