Book Title: Renegades (Renegades #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: November 7th 2017
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“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow night might be better.”
Why I chose this?
I am in a fair few book groups on Facebook and someone was discussing this one day and I also have seen someone pinning a discussion of this on Pinterest so I wanted to check it out. After I read the synopsis I thought this would be a book I would find interesting.
What it’s about
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
I’m liking the shininess of parts of the book. It really makes some parts stand out. the blue is a really cool tone for a superhero book but the cityscape seems typical of a superhero story.
I like the idea of it being from a villains perspective and I’m hoping it is better than suicide squad.
What I Thought
This took me a little while to get into, which is due to the fact that I started a different job at work and while I’ve been training I’ve been knackered and couldn’t keep my eyes open.
I was intrigued by the start with the back story into why Nova hates the Renegades so much and having that backstory showed us that these heroes and villains are human after all. For it to be about children and how reliant they are on adults to help them even if they’re “big kids who can do things themselves” as my five-year-old reminds me.
Adrian is someone who to me wants to prove himself and not just be the son of the heroes. Wanting to make his own mark on the world for lack of a better term when it comes to Sketch. When I hear his superhero name I can’t help but think of the guy from Tattoo Fixers.
Some parts of this story seem to drag out a little bit for me but when there was an action scene I felt like I could be right there with them. Especially at the Library because what book worm wouldn’t be there if it was the only source of books. I also like the fact that we get a bit of background on the characters as well. Not just the likes of Nova and Adrian but Oscar and Ruby too.
I love the diversity of the characters. We not only have characters from different ethnic backgrounds and abilities like Oscar (how often do you hear of a superhero who uses a cane?), but Adrian has two loving dads who would do anything to protect him.
The ending didn’t shock me but I certainly want to read more.
Have you read Renegades? Let me know in the comments