“Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did. It was about who you saved when they needed saving.”
Rating: 3/5 stars
Format: e-Book & Audiobook
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.
This was a really WEIRD reading experience for me. I went from DNF’ing this to picking up the audiobook and ending up giving it three stars. Sometimes putting a book down and trying again at a later time can make a world of a difference and that was definitely the case with Renegades. When I started reading the e-book of this it just wasn’t working for me. I was invested in the characters and the storyline but when I put the book down I couldn’t be bothered to pick it up. However, once I switched to the audiobook I literally couldn’t get through this fast enough.
What I Liked
🖋 The writing. It’s no secret that Marissa Meyer can write a good story, I mean, hello The Lunar Chronicles. So, I’m always willing to give just about anything she writes a chance because I seriously loved that series so much. Her writing is really exceptional in this and she’s just about the only person who can drag out an almost 600 page novel and still make all the filler look pretty. I understand that’s kind of like a backhanded compliment, but I truly mean it.
🙅🏻♀️ So many secrets. I seriously love when the two main characters have pretty huge secrets that they are hiding from one another. This was definitely one of the reasons that I kept trying to give this book just one more chance because I needed to know if their secrets remain hidden or all come crumbling down.
👨👩👧👦 A loveable group of characters. It was fun to meet Nova’s true villainous family and the group she has to pretend to like once she becomes a Renegade. I also really enjoyed how as the story progressed Nova’s hatred for the Renegades, specifically those she was assigned to work with, became harder for her to hold on to. But it was super fun to have such interesting characters as you try to decipher who are the bad guys and who are the good ones.
💥 Superhero aspect. No one is more shocked than I am. Let it be known that I am normally not a fan of anything superhero related, it just doesn’t hold my attention. So, I was super nervous how it was going to fare for me. However, I also said when I started Cinder that I wasn’t a fan of anything space related but that quickly changed. Much to my surprise, or I guess not so much to my surprise at this point, I really enjoyed all of the superhero personas, their powers, and backstories.
What I Didn’t Like
📍When does it end? There was absolutely no need for this book to be almost 600 pages long. Like seriously, WHY? This was a huge problem for me, I felt like I never really made a dent in the story but read so much at the same time and I absolutely hate that feeling. Also for a book about superheroes this was not fast paced enough to be this long, which most definitely concerns me since there are two more books that are basically the same length in this series.
🔚 And then we finally get to the end. And it’s so predictable. I had a very strong feeling the book was going to end the way it does loooooong before I ever even got there. I’m sure at the time Renegades first came out the year long wait for the next book seemed unbearable if the ending caught you by surprise, but now all three books are out and I still haven’t jumped on the second book yet. So obviously, the ending didn’t really do much for me.
All in all, while the reading experience was a weird journey I am glad that I was able to finish it and not leave it on the eternal DNF shelf. At some point I probably will plan to continue the series but I definitely have a ton of books I’m more excited to jump into currently.
Until next time,