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Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles) Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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I had very high hopes for Renegade, I'm not going to lie. It sounded almost too good to be true. I'm a sucker for stories that play with genetics, and--despite the obvious choice of love interest--the storyline looked unique and interesting.
I hate when I don't get everything that I'm hoping for.
Renegade starts off ridiculously creepy. Like, good creepy. So fantastically creepy. Souders uses an interesting technique between chapters that excellently shows off how Evie's mind is being altered by her mother. You are shown Mother's cruelty right away as well, which sets the tone for the rest of the book. Don't be fooled by the pretty cover; Renegade doesn't shy away from blood and killing.
Things start to break down right around when Gavin, the Surface Dweller, is introduced. No, I'm not saying this just because I found their love story cliché. (I did, but that's not the point.) The sessions where Evie is "interrogating" him are clearly an info dump opportunity so that we can learn more about the world, and I have no idea why they weren't shot on spot right away. There is no way that Mother has all these security features and doesn't have microphones in her jail cells.
It's at this point that information starts to get jumbled. Souders has created a very complex world, and in the end that does her a disservice. A few too many things are glossed over or left unexplained entirely. A few key plot points are fixed almost magically. Certain characters turn bipolar and their actions make no sense.
I guess being frustrated that I never completely understood the world or the technology is sort of a good thing. After all, it means I was invested enough to want to know.Read more ›
I thought that the idea behind this book was very intriguing. Not so much the dystopia aspect, but the underwater aspect. Why? It's NOT ABOUT MERMAIDS! Phew! Not that I have anything against mermaids, but it's kinda hard to find a non-cliche mermaid book at least in some aspects.... okay moving on. Anyway it's this big glass dome underwater! Totally like when you're in an aquarium and there's the big glass wall so you can look at fish and sharks...except this time it's the whole ocean, and if it breaks you are DEAD. Kinda awesome right? (Not the dead part of course.) So there...
Anyway, it's an insane picture in your head, with Nemo and Dori swimming above you and whales trying to eat them, and beneath the glass you have a monster. Named MOTHER. Personally, I think that Mother is one of the BEST villains I have EVER READ lately. She's intense and villainy, yes, but she has a good connection to Evie and that is why it works so well! And I think that naming her Mother was a stroke of genius, it shows that connection. It gave Evelyn a struggle to accept the fact that the villain is someone normally so close to her. Hands down she's extraordinaire. And we know how I feel about extraordinaire
Time for Evie. Nice little perfect Evie in a perfect world. I liked her.Read more ›
'We are all Mother's children. It is a privilege to show her our ultimate obedience to her laws.'
Evelyn Winters is the Daughter of the People in the underwater world of Elysium. She is a flawless specimen with ideal genes perfectly suited to create flawless children. Mother has worked hard to solidify Evelyn's perfection and the perfection of all citizens in Elysium. Mother will do anything and everything to make sure this remains so. All is not as it appears in Elysium. Look carefully, beyond the perfection.... and you'll see the malevolence hidden closely beneath the surface.
'Greed has poisoned men's souls. Surface Dwellers have destroyed what was once beautiful and turned it into a ghostly illusion of what they call peace. But down here, we have real peace. There will be no fear, or sickness, hunger, hate, or greed. We have created our Utopia. And it is magnificent.'
Evelyn is told from an early age that her people escaped to Elysium to hide from the evil Surface Dwellers that war with one another but when a Surface Dweller manages to breach Elysium Evelyn can't help but be intrigued by him. His name is Gavin and with his help Evelyn realizes that the very world she lives in is a complete lie.
An underwater utopia? How. Awesome. I loved the descriptions and details of how everything worked and how people managed to not only survive but to truly thrive and be completely self-sufficient under the sea. I would have loved for it to be explained more in detail in the beginning rather than a conversation between Evelyn and Gavin when he'd ask a question here and there. I believe an introduction in the beginning on the underwater society would have been better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really loved this book and the mental turmoil that the main character Evie goes through feels so real. This book left me strongly anticipating books two and three!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katie Driver
Amazing book from an amazing series!! I adore this author, must read!!Published 2 months ago by Joseph Deshazo
I absolutely loved the first book in this series! The characters were very well done and I loved how Souders incorporated the brainwashing/conditioning aspects in a way that was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Book Bite Reviews
I read this book in about a day and a half I think and that is rare for me. I actually read this in line at Disneyland and it was very entertaining.Published 8 months ago by Madison
I’ve read a few Dystopians set in a dome, but Renegade is the first one with the dome being underwater! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Angie
Don't let the cover fool you ... this is a dark, gritty, mind-bending book. Souders has created a world that is reminiscent of Bioshock, and still managed to do some really unique... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sean
Sixteen year old Evelyn lives in the underwater colony Elysium and is known as "The Daughter Of The People". Read morePublished 17 months ago by EpicFehlReader
First off, I want to say that I gave this book its rating based on the fact that I really did enjoy it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by LbearMoonshine