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What: Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer

Who: Pan Australia

When: October 29th 2019

How: A copy of this novel was provided by Pan Macmillan Australia for review.

All’s fair in love and anarchy …

Nova and Adrian are fighting to keep their identities and superpowers secret.

While the battle rages on between their alter egos and their allies, there is a darker threat shrouding Gatlon City. Nova and Adrian must brave lies and betrayal to protect those they love. Unless they can bridge the divide between heroes and villains, they stand to lose everything. Including each other.

Bursting with intrigue, action and thrilling plot twists, Supernova will leave readers on the very edge until the final, shocking secrets are revealed.

I hadn’t entirely decided whether or not I was going to read this third and final Renegades novel until a beautiful proof copy landed on my doorstep. I decided to give it a chance even after my rocky journey with its predecessor, Archenemies, because I really did have hope that Supernova would return to the story, characters, and plot that I had enjoyed so much in Renegades. And, for once, my hope was fulfilled! I ended up really enjoying Supernova because it returned to its Renegades roots.

Supernova focussed again on the fight between the Anarchists and the Renegades, and Nova’s conflicted feelings about whether either group is actually in the right or wrong. Nova’s indecision about this was elevated in Supernova because of the return of Ace Anarchy, who is Uncle Ace to Nova. She has spent her entire life trying to be his protégé, to make him proud. But now that she’s on the home stretch of taking down the Renegades she’s starting to wonder if Ace might have been wrong all this time. If all of them might have been. Nova’s internal struggles around this really made me feel for her because I could see how much she ached to be the pseudo-daughter that Ace wanted her to be, but there was also this huge part of her that wanted to be the hero that everyone thought she was.

As you may have guessed, everything comes to light in Supernova. I won’t go into much detail about these revelations, particularly around Nova’s deception being revealed to Adrian, but I will say that I liked the execution. There were also a few other big reveals that occur in Supernova but I will leave them for you to discover for yourself. I did guess them but they still had the intended impact as I was seeing them revealed through the eyes of the characters.

One of the big positives of Supernova for me was how Meyer handled Adrian’s character. I think the storyline in this book could have undone him but it didn’t. He remained the sweet, soft, caring boy that I fell in love with in book one and I am so glad that all the things that happened to him in Supernova didn’t take that away. It still makes me happy that Adrian is the love interest in this hugely popular series because I think we need more boys in Adrian in YA.

There was an epilogue in Supernova that really makes me think there is great potential for a spin-off series. I don’t know if I would pick it up because I really liked how everything was tied up in Supernova and I don’t want to see any of that undone in future books. Though, like I said at the start of this review, I hadn’t been sure if I would read Supernova at all and here I am writing a review for it so you never know.

If you were like me and unsure about Supernova, I urge you to give it a go. It returned to the roots of the story first introduced in Renegades, and you finally get closure on all the things opened up in the previous books. In the end, I’m glad I read Supernova!

© 2019, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity. All rights reserved.

trigger warning

reference to murder of parents and infant sibling, graphic physical fights, use of ableist language, reference to experimentation on a minor, attempted murder, torture, murder, reference to death of mother (via fall/presumed murder), fire, explosions, animal death, death of friend, ill treatment of prisoners, abduction, reference to police brutality

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Posted on: November 1, 2019 • By: Chiara

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