I have finished my first book of 2018 and that book is Renegades by Marissa Meyer. If you do not know Meyer is the author of the New York Times bestselling series The Lunar Chronicles as well as the standalone novel Heartless. In both The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless these were retellings, Renegades is Meyer’s first book that is her own story. If you want to know more about what Renegades is about and my thoughts on it keep on reading. This review is spoiler free so proceed without worry.
In the city of Gatlot, they have superheroes named the Renegades and villains named the Anarchists. Years before the start of this novel the Anarchists were the ones ruling the city, that is until prodigy vigilantes started fighting crime and took down the Anarchists. Now the Renegades are the ones ruling and keeping order in the city. This story follows Nova an Anarchists that is on a mission for vengeance because the Renegades let her down many years ago. When things start to look like things may be going her way she meets Adrian a Renegade boy and that is when things start to get complicated.
Overall I thought this was a good book I really did enjoy the journey that was this book. The start of this book felt a bit on the slow side for my liking. It may just be that I am impatient and I was just waiting for a certain plan to be put into action and it just took a while to finally get to that point. That point was a little over a hundred pages in. Once it got to that point the story got so much more interesting and I really started to get into Renegades. What I enjoyed about Renegades was learning all the information about things that the characters were trying to figure out. As well as trying to figure out what happened to certain characters prior to the events of this book. One of my favorite scenes in Renegades is when we find out some of the character’s backstory on how they discovered their powers. I thought it was very interesting to see how different all their stories were.
Let’s talk about characters. I did enjoy reading from Nova’s and Adrian’s perspectives and seeing their thought process but, unfortunately, I did not connect with either character like I thought I would. Also, I wish there were more senses that involved Oscar and Ruby especially Oscar. I thought that Oscar was a really cool character and I wish that he was involved more because I feel that there is so much more to him as well as Ruby. Hopefully, we see more of them in the next book because I need more of Oscar’s ridiculousness.
One of the other things that made renegades so interesting was all the things that were discovered especially the ending which I predicted…well part of it. There are still so many things that need to be answered and I can not wait to see what the answers will be. I also found it interesting how Meyer took on the issue of good vs evil and how no one person is completely good or completely evil and that there’s good and bad in most of us.
I gave Renegades 3.75 stars out of five. The points lost were due to the fact that it took so long for things to really get interesting. I say that if you are intrigued by this book or like reading about superheroes give this book a go. Once I got over the hump of the beginning of the book I pretty much flew through the book. Let me know in the comments what you thought about Renegades if you have read it. If not let me know if you are planning on reading it. Oh! I also what to know your favorite book in The Lunar Chronicles, mine is Cress.
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