“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”
Series: Renegades, #1
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: young adult, fantasy, superhero, sci-fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 / 5)
This review contains no spoilers.
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 synopsis is from Goodreads.)
Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a review! It’s feels good to be back!
First thing I noticed right off the bat that I really liked: the villain perspective. You don’t get that a lot in young adult books. The only other series that I can think of that has the villain’s perspective is The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu, and the first book wasn’t all that great. Marissa Meyer, on the other hand, did a good job writing the story from an unusual perspective, in my opinion.
Speaking of perspective, the story switches off from the points of view of Nova (who is considered a villain) and Adrian (who is considered a superhero).
Another thing I really liked about the story is to show how flawed the superhero system is. As kids, I’m sure everyone has idolized at least one superhero in their life. This book shows how superheros are still human, and are capable of doing good and evil deeds. The story also shows that everything is not as we make it out to be. It shows that not all villains are bad at heart and not all superheros are good. Basically, the world is not as black and white as we wish it would be.
Meyer brings up an interesting point in the story through Nova’s perspective on prodigies (those who have special superpowers). She questions the actual need for superheros, and if the heroes actually bring more harm than safety with their presence.
I like Nova as a character. She’s witty, sarcastic, and down to earth. The story mainly focuses on her, and her internal battle between good and evil and how she struggles to live a double life. I can’t say that I’m exactly like her (because I don’t have the powers to put people to sleep) but I find elements in her that I can relate to as well.
One last thing I really liked about the book itself is that in both the ebook and the hardcover version, they provide a character list with a description of each main character’s superpower. For a book review like myself who tends to get characters mixed up, I was ecstatic to see it.
Nova “Nightmare” Atrino
Most of the protagonists in YA fantasy novels are dreamers, but Nova is more of a realist. It’s refreshing to see a different perspective every once in a while.
Adrian “Sketch/the Sentinel” Everhart
He’s still figuring out himself as a Renegade. Out of all the Renegades, Adrian would be the epitome of a young adult superhero protagonist. He sort of reminds me of a puppy when he’s around Nova.
Ingrid “Detonator” Thompson
Kind of crazy, if you ask me. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in her head that made her make the decisions that she made.
Genissa “Frostbite” Clark
She’s not really a main character or anything but I just wanted to point out that she has the worst attitude ever. EVER.
I give this book 4 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and can’t wait for the next book to be released!
Until next time….