Renegades by Marissa Meyer

“One cannot be brave who has no fear.” 

Goodreads Synopsis:

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. 

Although I have yet to read the Lunar Chronicles, I’ve been anticipating this book because I absolutely adored Heartless. However, after reading it bit by bit over the past month or so (I picked up other books to read because I had a difficult time getting into this story) and finally finishing it today, I am sadly underwhelmed 😦

Things I liked about it:

  1. Little Nightmare and her vendetta against the Renegades because they weren’t there to protect her family. I love revenge stories, there’s always a lingering passion to fulfill a debt that may end in chaos. Of course, I’m always down to see how that chaos unfolds 😎
  2. Meyer’s attention to detail/descriptions throughout the story. The scene where Nova and Adrian are in the fun house in particular was so real…I was genuinely creeped out.
  3. Adrian and Nova. I have a soft spot for Adrian’s inherent goodness and Nova’s contrasting bloodthirst. I’m curious to see how their relationship develops.

Things I wasn’t so crazy about:

  1. The super hero theme is low-key getting a bit played out, even predictable. It’s reminiscent of the overused dystopian society where warring groups have to decide between freedom or control. Even though I knew to expect this, I was hoping maybe something would stand out…
  2. The story was not the least bit enthralling until I was already 2/3rds of the way through. There’s a lot of time spent with build up….only for the most exciting thing to happen on the last page (literally).

Overall Rating: 3 stars. Although I was disappointed I am certainly going to be picking up the next book. I have a feeling things will pick up!


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