Review: Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Title: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher:Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Pages: 552
Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Blurb:

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer,comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

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.


“How can we expect people to change if we don’t give them the chance to?”

Just to clarify, this was a re-read of Renegades. I originally read it in 2018.

Now, when I was first reading Renegades, I completely expected to give the book five stars. So you can probably understand my disappointment when I wasn’t blown away and ended up giving it three stars. Which unfortunately did not go up with a second read. I need to stop having high expectations but after reading the Lunar Chronicles, and everyone raving this book, it just didn’t live up to it. And it stinks, because you always want to love a book – who goes into a book wanting to hate it?

I love the premise of the novel, although the idea of superheroes and villains aren’t too unique. We have hundreds of Superhero movies, comics and probably more superhero books that I haven’t ventured into. I actually think this was my first one. This story ventures into the grey area of ‘good’ vs ‘evil’ and I really find that concept interesting. Both sides think they’re doing the right thing, in their own way but each action has a consequence.

I have never believed in the idea that people are born evil, but there are reasons for it. I do find it difficult to see the Anarchists as evil though because I think they have some valid opinions, yet how they go about it is incredibly wrong. On the other side, the Renegades can be just as detrimental.

You can see how it’s difficult to choose a side, and now imagine you’re Nova, who finds herself right in the middle! Nova the Anarchist. Nova the Renegade – who will she choose?

Overall, Renegades had a lot of potential. It was fun but it was also slow and the majority of the book felt like it was just a major filler. It probably could have been a lot shorter.

“It’s a terrible shame he’s a Renegade, isn’t it? Otherwise, you could have asked him to stay for dinner.”

Nova. 

I give Marissa Meyer an A+ for diversity. One thing I want to mention is that Nova is a half-Filipino, half-Italian character. As a Filipino woman myself, it is so fun to see my race being represented! Diversity is fun people! Authors take note.

Aside from that, Nova was somewhat interesting. I really enjoyed reading her innermost thoughts and struggle throughout the book. She’s realising that the world isn’t so black and white and that perhaps … just maybe … what she believed in isn’t completely right.

I do think that Nova could have had more than that. She wasn’t as developed as I’d like and I found that her passages were rather repetitive, even though they were interesting.

Adrian.

Adrian is another character we follow through. He is the adopted son of two of the major Renegades. Again, he fell rather flat for me. I didn’t really connect to him, not that I really need to relate to a character to like them. He just didn’t seem like he had a personality, aside from being cute and nerdy. He does go through his own struggle and turmoil about good vs evil, in a different way.

I kind of found Adrian frustrating at times too. I can’t pinpoint why, but I did find myself eye rolling at him quite a bit.

Honey, Ingrid, Phobia, Cyanide.

The anarchists were my favourite part of the book. I actually really liked most of these, and I was so intrigued by their powers. Honey was by far my favourite; I love how dramatic and over-the-top she can be. Ingrid was just a boss ass b*tch. Phobia is so mysterious and frightening. Cyanide was great. I feel for Winston though (if you read Archenemies, I feel for him even more in there), even though his power was creepy.

Max. 

Max is such a sweetie. I found him so interesting too and boy, his power is so big! You know you kind of expect the main character to have the big and flashy superpower, but surprisingly it’s actually Max who has the flashy power. I do hope we see more of Max.

“So long as anarchy is synonymous with chaos and despair, the Anarchists will always be synonymous with villains.”

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