Renegades by Marissa Meyer
My rating: five stars
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Goodreads Summary: 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 first became interested in this book when I saw Marissa Meyer at a panel at BookCon and she talked about the storyline and characters. The heroes versus villains aspect really intrigued me and I always love a good book with super powers. (I used to play the game City of Villains/City of Heroes which got me into super powers)
Likes: The plethora of superpowers was incredible! There are some that I have seen before that Marissa used in a unique way and there were some that I had never heard of! My favorite is probably Adrian’s power, the ability to draw anything to life sounds so cool. Plus, the secret second ability of it is wicked! I also enjoyed how good and evil wasn’t black and white. Just because a character was a villain didn’t make them evil and just because a character was a hero didn’t make them good. The complexity to each character really brought the story together.
Dislikes: The story towards the end got a little confusing and it just seemed like some scenes were really strange and didn’t make much sense. I don’t want to spoil anything so I will just say that there were some parts towards the end that I didn’t really care for.
Overall, I gave this book five out of five stars because it was incredible! I was sucked into this story and felt such an attachment to the characters. The relationship between Nova and Adrian is so complex but adorable, I felt so bad for them for the situation they were in but at the same time I was rooting them on. The end scenes that felt out of place may not have been my favorite, but they didn’t put a dent in how much I loved this book. I can’t wait to read the next one!