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.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion in any way
At the beginning of this year, I read Heartless by Marissa Meyer – a book about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I, unfortunately, didn’t love it. But there was a little light at the end of the tunnel because Marissa was writing another book. One about superheroes and villains, something that was more up my alley than AiW. I was lucky enough to snatch a copy off of NetGalley and started reading it almost immediately.
Renegades tells us two sides of the story. On one side, we have Nova – an Anarchist, hellbent on taking revenge on the Renegades for abandoning her family when they needed them the most. On the other side, there’s Adrian, a Renegade and the son of an original Council member. He’s determined to find out who killed his mother and how the villain called Nightmare is involved in all this.
I was a little bit scared that I wasn’t going to love this book. I mean I love superheroes and villains, Marvel is one of my favourite things of all time, what could possibly go wrong? Luckily, I realised soon enough that this book was going to be amazing. I found it difficult to put down and I actually stayed up hours after my bedtime to finish the last couple of chapters because they were so thrilling.
Marissa’s writing was just great, it really sucked me into the story and got me to love these characters from the start already. What helped, of course, were the amazing characters. I loved Nova almost immediately, and Adrian grew on me quickly as I was reading. I also really liked Adrian’s team members, Ruby and Oscar (and there was also another girl whose alias was Monarch, but she wasn’t in the book as much). As for the villains, while I thought they were cool, I didn’t really love them. Ingrid was a great villain and liked the mysterious Phobia, but other than that I guess they weren’t in the book enough for me to get to know them.
What I loved most of all was that the characters weren’t all black and white. Often with superhero movies it’s like ‘this guy is the bad guy, look at how bad he is’ and ‘this is the hero, look at how heroic he is’, I loved that this book was full of ‘grey’ characters. Also there was plenty of diversity, if that’s what you’re looking for in a book, but it’s not really ‘in your face’ diversity, if you get what I mean (it didn’t feel like it was written for the sake of having diversity but just because… I don’t know how to explain it? )
Personally, I thought this book reminded me a bit of the Mutants from Marvel. You have the Prodigies, the people with powers, and those without. Normal humans used to fear and hate the Prodigies. Now, they are seen as heroes, though there are still some people who hate/fear them. The main villain reminded me a lot of Magneto (he wanted people to leave the Prodigies alone, to let them live in peace), he even had a helmet! This was partly why I love this book so so much! View Spoiler »There was one little bit that I had predicted when I was maybe two/thirds through the book? I’m not sure if that’s because authors get more predictable or if I’m getting more perceptive, but I guessed the cliffhanger long before it was actually revealed. Still, that little bit didn’t keep me from enjoying this book front to back! « Hide Spoiler
In the end, I definitely loved Renegades so much, and I recommend it to people who love Marvel and DC. I also obviously recommend it if you loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Heartless. (Also if you were disappointed by Heartless, try this book. Really, try it). I’ve already ordered a physical copy for myself, which I don’t often do after I’ve read a digital copy, but I need this book in my hands. Now.