Renegades – Marissa Meyer – Renegades #1 – Feiwel and Friends – Published 7 November 2017
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.
Well. This. Was. AWESOME. Seriously, how have I not read this before? I love superhero novels but I’m really picky and struggle to find good ones. This was just fabulous from beginning to startling end.
Nova is a villain. Has been ever since her uncle, Ace Anarchy took her in when her family was murdered and the Renegades – superheroes- did nothing to save them. When Nova’s attempt on the life of the head superhero, Captain Chromium goes awry, she has to take a new tact for taking down the Renegades – this time from the inside.
Nova is just the kind of character I love. Conflicted, hiding multiple secrets and secret identities, trying to be moral and do the right thing bust also working on the “bad guys” team, industrious and clever and also slightly sarcastic.
Our second main character is Adrian. He is a Renegade Team Captain, adoptive son to the two lead superheroes and a believer in the Renegade justice system. He is also hiding a secret. His prodigy power, to bring anything he draws into reality, has allowed him to create an extra superhero identity. Adrian is the perfect offset to Nova. And they connect almost straight away, after fighting each other in their other identities, of course. As Nova works her way into the Renegade program and onto Adrian’s team, she gathers a lot more information about the Renegades. Maybe they are not all bad, but she is determined to get revenge for her family’s deaths.
A mix of action and superhero fight scenes, prodigies with really cool and unusual powers and the ultimate good guys versus bad guys moral questions. Friendship, romance and revenge. What more could you want in a story?
The best thing about waiting to read the series until the whole thing is published is that you can jump straight into book two and that’s exactly what I plan on doing now. And you’ll want to, because that ending is just… wow.
So excuse me, I’m off to read book two.
Category: Young adult fiction
Genre: Action and Adventure.
Themes: Superheroes, powers, villains, revenge, society, government, romance, friendship
Reading age guide: Ages 12 and up.
Advisory: Violence. References to death by shooting, bombs and other means. Fights and battles, injuries and blood.
Published: 7 April 2020 by Simon and Schuster.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, audiobook, ebook. 556 pages.
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