Marissa Meyer, the amazing author of The Luna Chronicles, wrote another masterpiece, Renegades. As soon as I found out about this book, I wanted it. I waited ever so patiently for the release date to be announced, and soon I was counting down until the 7th of November 2017. Then my heart broke as the UK release date suddenly changed to the 8th of November 2018! I actually sent a message via GoodReads to Meyer who did respond and tell me that the UK release date was the 5th of April 2018, according to the publisher. In my despair, I scoured the internet for hours, trying to find a copy that wasn’t going to cost the Earth. I could get it from Amazon.fr but the shipping was just as much as the book!
In the end if found a small chain of bookshops, Blackwell’s, they had it! It wasn’t going to cost the Earth, I got it. It arrived and I was so happy, and it even came with a simple, yet fully functional bookmark from the shop. I was ready for it, but the world wasn’t. I had to keep putting off reading this because life was getting in the way.
But now, nearly 5 months after I hunted down the book, I have read it, in the space of 24 hours, all 538 (I think) pages of it. And I loved every single moment.
Here’s the blurb;
‘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.’
It had me hooked from the beginning and I simply couldn’t put it down. We follow Nova, someone who once believed in the Renegade, who believed that they would be there, save her. They never came, it was the Anarchists who saved her. Her view on the Renegades rapidly changed, and where she once admired those heroes, she came to despise them. She becomes Nightmare, a villain. However, her world is turned upside down when a botched assassination attempt ends up with her joining the Renegades.
Then we have Adrian, son of a superhero. Raised in the world of Renegades, taught that the Anarchists were all villains that they needed to keep in check. Yet, he wasn’t entirely sure he believed in the same things as the Renegades, something just didn’t sit right with him. His Renegade alter ego, Sketch, starts having some doubts about everything he has ever known. His world quickly changes as well.
One of the reasons I loved this book so much is because of the different views on heroes and villains. Who decides what makes something either? Who decides who gets to be a hero or a villain? I’ll admit, I was switching sides constantly throughout my time reading it. One moment I was on the side of the Anarchists, then next I was a Renegade. But now… now I’m hanging.
The plot – This has a fantastic plot, it is well thought out and executed, with plenty of description and a whole heap of action. Just when you think you have figured it all out, something else is thrown at you and everything changes one more. I loved that, it kept me on my toes the whole time.
The characters – I feel in love with the characters. They aren’t all pretty and perfect, they all haver their flaws, even the superheroes. Of course, we have the tragic backstories for some of them, but it all ties in with the story. I could easily see things from their perspective, and I could also see them growing and changing as the story progressed. Obviously I can see that built up tension between Nova and Adrian, and I am left wondering if they are going to end up together or end up killing each other.
The ending – This is what has killed me right now. We have been left hanging, after finding out something rather shocking. I’m not going to spoil it for people, but trust me, there has always been something niggling away in the back of my mind, making me doubt. But this, this was still a surprise for me. Now I just need to wait for Archenemies…
I totally recommend this book to ANYONE who loves superheroes, and villains who are just totally misunderstood. Honestly, I can’t praise this book enough, it is one that will be taking pride of place on my special bookshelf.
5 out of 5 stars!