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Renegades Hardcover – November 7, 2017
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!!
A Winter 2017-2018 Kids' Indie Next List Selection
"In a vividly dark and fully imagined universe where special abilities are feared unless they can be strictly controlled and labeled, Meyer celebrates and subverts popular superhero tropes while mining the gray area between malevolence and virtue. Third-person narration builds suspense as it shifts between Nova and Adrian, a Renegade with his own secrets; the worldbuilding details and many combat sequences will captivate devotees of superhero comics. Beyond the capes and masks is a strikingly grounded story of star-crossed would-be lovers, deception, and the recognition that most of humanity exists between the extremes of good and evil."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Tackles a familiar genre in a brand new way."--Hypable.com
"A fully realized new world with compelling characters and just enough edge-of-your-seat action to rival the biggest on-screen adaptation?."--Bustle
"Exciting...perfect for your Fall #TBR list."--PopSugar.com
"Even reluctant fans of hero fantasies will fall for the smart plot and wonderful world-building. Prepare to fangirl."--Justine Magazine
"Meyer delivers a balance between intricate world-building and fast-paced action sequences. Nova’s childhood tragedy will draw sympathy from readers as they watch her integrate into the group of Renegades in order to seek vengeance. Back-stabbing, plot twists, and hidden agendas will have readers turning pages in an attempt to discover the truth."--School Library Journal
"Meyer smartly refrains from focusing totally on Adrian and Nova’s potential romance and instead fleshes the characters out as separate individuals with flaws and strengths, regrets and desires. ...The world is exceptionally well crafted, particularly the complex backstory of the rise of prodigies among humans, and the secondary cast of villains and heroes could give Marvel and DC a run for their money. There’s a lot going on here besides cool names and superpowers, and the book earns both its hefty page count and its expected sequel."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Recommended
Praise for Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series:
#1 New York Times–Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
National Indie Bestseller
“A mash-up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, The Terminator, and Star Wars.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Prince Charming among the cyborgs.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“Terrific.” ―Los Angeles Times
Praise for Marissa Meyer's Heartless:
"In Heartless, the nonsense that is Wonderland gets a reverential makeover, full of heart and its own idiosyncratic character." ―Gregory Maguire, Wicked and After Alice
"The author’s best fantasy yet. . . . Meyer has woven all the elements of darkness and light, fate and free will, and love and hatred into an unforgettable story of the evolution of the Red Queen from a young girl who dreamed of true love and freedom to a madwoman best remembered for the phrase 'Off with his head.' If you only read one fractured fairy tale this year, make it Heartless. A must-have title." ―School Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles series, as well as the graphic novel Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first stand alone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.
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I totally understand when readers feel alienated or disappointed when a beloved author from a favorite series moves on and does something not *quite* up their alley. Really-- I do. But I feel like Renegades preemptively got a lot of mediocre/negative feedback that was unwarranted because it was being held up to the Lunar Chronicles and Heartless. In all honesty, it's why I didn't read this when it first came out a bit ago; I saw a lot of "meh" things online and figured I could wait. Now, I'm only glad I waited because it'll be a month or two shorter to wait for the release of the second book in November 2018.
I found Renegades to be a thoughtful book that really manages to find a unique perspective into a discussion on political and social apathy. When Nova and Adrian have discussions on the "normal" people left and how prodigies have only hurt society as a whole by fixing or by causing major issues, it really felt like Meyer had found a new, interesting way of bringing up these conversations through an extended analogy of heroes and villains.
I found Nova's character believable and thought she was well-developed; Adrian wasn't my favorite love interest ever and I found the attraction between them overstated at times, but *shrug*. Not a deal breaker. And I'm assuming we'll get more on some of the more fascinating side characters in the next installment. Nova's process of puzzling out morality and ethics and teasing apart what defines "good guys" and "bad guys" alike throughout the course of Renegades felt very real in an exploratory, engaging way; I kept expecting trite, predictable turns (oh, but of course it was actually this character who did this bad deed and the good guys really are good, so everything is fine! status quo yay!) but Meyer turned away from them at every possible opportunity.
I thought this was a really promising beginning to a new series and I'd highly recommend it as a fast-paced, hard-to-put-down kind of read.
First, I love that the two MCs story lines mirror each other. They both have doubts. They both want to make the world a better place. Yet they fight on opposite sides.
There is a lot of moral grayness to spread in this plot. It’s not as cut and dry as good vs. evil. I think Meyer’s choice to call the “good” guys “Renegades” was very interesting. I personally had a negative association with the word and expected the Renegades to be the bad guys, but there’s no doubt that there is an even more negative connotation with the word Anarchists. I think this sort of sums up the plot line. It’s ambiguous. It leaves you to draw your own conclusions.
This is a book about superheroes so it seems cliche sometimes and definitely campy at times but I feel like it worked to the benefit of the theme? Like this is the one time where corny, cliche and campy are acceptable? (I’m sorry if I’m offending hardcore comic book/superhero fans out there- please note I’m not judging the genre, but I do enjoy those things about it. I’ll even admit to liking George Clooney’s Batman better then Christian Bale’s because it never took itself seriously. Or it did and it was hilarious anyway. There. Now you can officially discount this entire paragraph.)
There is a twist at the end that I totally pegged about half way through the book... BUT I still didn’t expect it to end the way that it did. I loved the ending. I think the ending was the best part because it defied all my expectations of what I’ve come to associate with the YA genre.
So if you were hesitating because of the reviews I personally thought it was a fun, easy read. I will definitely pick up book 2.
Are you a Renegade or a Anarchist? is it really as simple as choosing a side? and is it really good vs. evil? The city of Gatlon has been divided by those who admire the Renegades & those who detest them. Our MC Nova aka Nightmare is a Prodigy, someone born with superhuman abilities. Nova at a very young age was raised by her parents to trust in the Renegades to save the day however, too soon she learned this was not the case for her. When tragedy struck Nova at the age of 6, everything she believed in crumbled & the seed of resentment towards the Renegades began to grow deep within. Vowing vengeance, Nova takes to life underground with other Anarchists intent on the destruction of the Renegades. The overall consensus is that Renegades aren’t out on the streets saving lives, they are glorified super stars that the people have come to idolize through parades and intense media coverage. The Renegades themselves believe everything they do is in the best interest of society. However, not just anyone can become a Renegade, Prodigies interested in joining must go through what is known as the Renegade Trials. Based on your super human ability, Renegade teams can choose you to join their squad very much like the American tv show The Voice haha!
We follow Nova as she sets out to get back at those she believes have failed her and the city she lives in. I enjoyed seeing how Nova went about positioning herself to enact her plan however, I do believe plot pacing took a hit. Renegades is generous on the page count & although I LOVED every single one of the characters, there were some moments of no real activity. That being said, my enjoyment wasn’t too impacted & towards the end there are certain elements introduced that serve sort of as a jet-pack concluding with a strong and unsuspecting finish.
Although the story does focus mostly on Nova, we meet a slew of characters both Renegades and Anarchists alike. The finished copy actually has a small glossary in the front of the book. Nova was pretty much raised in a underground subway tunnel surrounded by a handful of other Anarchists. It’s made clear that the Anarchists ranks have taken a severe hit and not many are left. Nova spends her time with her adopted family of Anarchists Queen Bee (has a special connection to bees), Cyanide (King of poisons & natural gasses), Phobia (will draw the fear right out of you), The Detonator (BOOM!), and The Puppeteer (creepy as hell lol) who are all Prodigies with innnnneresting abilities. I REALLY liked all of the Anarchists which speaks to how well Meyer blurs the lines between who is good and who is evil.
The Renegades are more of a corporation expanding world wide with many arriving in Gatlon city to train. We meet Adrian Everheart at the start of the story while he is experimenting with his abilities (vague for fear of spoilers). Adrian is the adopted son of Captain Chromium & Dread Warden who are both leading political figures and part of the Council which governs over the Renegades in protecting Gatlon. I appreciated the LGBTQ representation with Adrian’s dads who although they are side characters, are still very important people in leading roles in fictional Gatlon city & that’s pretty damn awesome! Adrian is team leader of his squad & we are introduced to Red Assassin (Gem & Rubies manipulator), Monarch (special connection with butterflies), and Smokescreen (smoke manipulator who is also disabled). However, Adrian is the character we spend most our time with & I ended up loving him to pieces. Although we get some moderate page time with Adrian’s squad, I do wish they were as fleshed out as the Anarchists were.
WRITING & FINAL THOUGHTS
Any time I can get my hands on a Marissa Meyer story, I will! One of my all time favorite YA authors, I cannot resist her writing and the worlds she creates full of complex & morally gray characters. By the time you reach the end of Renegades, it will be hard for you to choose a side. Although the Renegades mean well, are they really helping or hurting the people of Gatlon city? & although the Anarchists claim to want independence for the people of Gatlon city, is full fledged freedom with no government really the answer? I myself haven’t chosen a side yet & love that about this story. Start to finish I enjoyed my time with these characters & found myself at times rooting for both sides lol. The plot could’ve been paced a bit better & I would like to see the other characters fleshed out a bit more, particularly on the Renegade side. Other than that, I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel!!! anyone who has already devoured this knows that with that ending, the suffering will be long & hard haha! MARISSA HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!! <3 <3 <3
*Special thanks to Fierce Reads for providing a ARC of Renegades in exchange for an honest review
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Author: Marissa Meyer
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction
Series: Renegades, book...Read more
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