Book: Renegades (#1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
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. (Goodreads)
My rating: 5 stars
I loved this book. It’s a must have.
When I started reading this book, I had no idea that it was the first in a series. And OH MY GOODNESS am I super glad we’ll be getting more of this world!
A wicked fun read that reminded me of why I love Marissa Meyer’s writing
I fell in love with Marissa Meyer’s writing with Cinder. I picked that book up in an airport bookstore to get me through my next six-hour flight and it brought me back into a relationship with YA. I devoured the Lunar Chronicles books.
And when I read Heartless, Marissa’s next book after that series concluded, I was disappointed. It didn’t grab my attention or my heart the way that the Lunar Chronicles did.
Renegades is full of everything that was missing in Heartless.
Renegades is smart, witty, full of action, layered characters and intriguing moral questions.
Nova, Adrian, and all the Renegades and Anarchists are such interesting characters. They have super powers, they have backstories, and they are motivated by emotion-laden memories and goals. This world run by superheroes is filled with moral dilemmas about good and evil, justice and revenge, choice and destiny. The story is compelling. The characters are fascinating. I can’t wait for more.
Great narrators really make an audiobook shine
I listened to the audio version narrated by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner reading Nova’s and Adrian’s perspectives, respectively. They were both fantastic. Having the the story told from the dual perspectives added an extra layer of emotion and connection to the characters.
Some books are hard to follow in audio. Renegades does not fit into that category – it flows too well. The distinct voices of the two point-of-view characters are so well-suited to each character, the writing style so succinct, that you can’t help but follow along.
I’m so excited to see what happens next in the Renegades world. And as much as I want to reread this book in print, I will definitely seek out the audio version of book two if Soler and Bittner narrate again.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?