What: Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer
Who: Pan Australia
When: November 14th 2017
How: A copy of this novel was provided by Pan Macmillan Australia for review.
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.
You know, I really enjoyed Renegades. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but once I got used to that I was okay with it. In case you’re wondering what I liked about it I’ve prepared a handy list for you:
1) It was diverse
I love diverse books (that much is blazingly obvious), and I adore diverse genre fiction so the fact that Renegades was diverse was a huge plus for me. There are two narrators in this book – Nova and Adrian. Nova is Italian-Filipino and Adrian is a POC (in the ARC I read there was no specific heritage given for him). Adrian has two dads, and one of his best friends uses a cane to walk. I loved having a range of diverse characters in this sci-fi superhero story.
2) The romance
Of which there was very little. I mean, Nova has gone into the Renegades to try and infiltrate them to bring them down. There’s nothing worse than a character like that completely forgetting their mission because they fall for some cute boy. That didn’t happen in Renegades and I was just like F I N A L L Y. There were some ~moments~ between them but it was all very lowkey and sweet. I’m keen to see where their relationship goes in the next book.
3) The Anarchists
Were hands down the best group of characters in this book. They were badass but formed an incredibly strong family. The way they were there for each other and willing to risk everything for each other was great. Except for the betrayal of one of them but they’re villains, so it was to be expected. I especially liked Honey, who had a bond with bees and other flying insects. The way she cared about them was adorable.
4) The overall story
I just enjoyed Renegades. There were some pacing issues (especially at the beginning with the little history text and the prologue) but for the most part I found myself looking forward to picking this book up and getting back into Nova and Adrian’s world.
I am quite a fan of superhero stories (this is the eighth I’ve read so far this year) and I felt like Meyer’s take on it was a little different to others I’ve read. The Anarchists were the heroes of their own story, and the Renegades were too big for their boots. I felt that neither of them were perfectly suited for the change they wanted to bring about, and I’m hoping that they’ll learn they need to work together to give their city the best chance at recovering.
I was so happy to see such a sweet, dorky, artist at the helm of this novel. There was no alpha male BS and it was so refreshing. I think that he’s an adorable character, and a great love interest. He cares about his friends and family, about the people of the city, about doing the right thing. He’s just very wholesome and was lovely to read about.
Overall, I enjoyed Renegades a lot! It’s a nice addition to the YA superhero niche, and I’m excited to see where the next book takes the story. There was somewhat of a cliffhanger (which I totally guessed so it didn’t have quite the intended impact on me) and I feel like the stakes are going to be a lot higher in book two. Bring it on!
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trigger warning murder of parents and infant sibling, graphic physical fights, use of ableist language, experimentation on a minor, animal cruelty, animal death, poverty, explosions, bullying, attempted murder, building fire, multiple deaths, murder, death of mother (via fall/presumed murder), burn injuries, and ableism
murder of parents and infant sibling, graphic physical fights, use of ableist language, experimentation on a minor, animal cruelty, animal death, poverty, explosions, bullying, attempted murder, building fire, multiple deaths, murder, death of mother (via fall/presumed murder), burn injuries, and ableism