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Renegades Hardcover – November 7, 2017
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"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
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"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
Praise for Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series:
#1 New York Times–Bestselling Series
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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 was in from the moment I read the description of Renegades. I have always had personal feelings about the lines drawn to distinguish between anarchists and the law/government. This is also the main moral battle throughout this book, the Anarchists took down the shitty government who were persecuting anyone who was a prodigy (having superpowers). So without the government to rule, gangs ended up taking over and ruining what the Anarchists wanted to achieve. They mostly just wanted the prodigies to not be killed, so once the offending government was gone, they expected people to rule themselves. Eventually, a group of prodigies came forward to try and take back the city from the gangs and they became the Renegades. Ultimately, the Anarchists were killed or shunned from society. The Renegades ruled now.
Nova is an Anarchist. She was born with her prodigal powers during the time of anarchy were the Renegades were just starting to clean up the streets from the villainous gangs but that didn’t help when her family was torn apart. For ten years she has been off grid and secretly a part of the Anarchists. She knows that not all the villains are bad and not all the heroes are all that wonderful. Nova has an unprecedented chance to become a double agent and infiltrate the Renegades.
Adrian was born to an original Renegade, and when his mother was murdered, he was adopted by the two leaders. Adrian is conflicted over the Renegades purposes these days. The Council spends more time governing than fighting to take back the streets. He can see the good in what the Renegades do, but he also thinks some things have become too bureaucratic. He feels like he should be doing more to fight crime, and he may just step around the rules that are supposed to guide him.
Both Nova and Adrian also suffer the fact that their abilities aren’t seen as all that superhero quality and that also helps shape the people they have become, now that society lifts up the gifted instead of murdering them. It can be easy to see that not everything works out in each characters lives. Nothing is black and white, no superhero organization can save everyone. Ultimate power can corrupt the most honest of peoples intentions. There is no answer as to who has the right ideas on governing. Even people within each group have contrary ideals at times.
Nova and Adrian on similar yet colliding paths. I could see where the plot was going and I was cheering it on the whole time. You will be rooting for them both and tuning in for that romantic tension! This is definitely a character-driven book, and each and every character has a purpose and I was there for it. Plus it was diverse without feeling forced and I especially loved seeing how not only a disabled superhero still has the power to kick ass, but that some superpowers are seen as less than other types and how this could be extrapolated into any part of societal woes.
This book is filled with imagery and depth. It played out like a movie on the pages. The book was almost too descriptive at times, where I would get caught up in the details instead of the story. The cast of characters are well described and have their own voices. I loved the fight scenes, even with the stereotypical superhero dialogue! I was laughing and turning the pages. My only issue with the book was it’s length, I think it may have been too long and I could see potential for a more concise story. I know that this series was intended to be a trilogy, so I think I understand the length now that it is releasing as a duology, so I have faith in the next book to come!
I think this is a well-crafted superhero story where you will question your morals and decide for yourself where you stand. What is good and what is evil? Renegades deftly rides both lines of the story, are you a Renegade or are you an Anarchist? And the way Marissa writes this story, there is no right answer! Renegades is a story for all, no matter your politics or your superpower!
People, like Nova, began to rely on the Renegades. Began to trust them to be there to help in any situation. When Nova was six, she was the only survivor in a calculated attack that left her father, mother, and baby sister dead. The Renegades never came. Instead it was Ace Anarchy who saved Nova and enacted revenge upon those responsible for her family's deaths.
Fast forward ten years, and Ace is dead, taken out by the Council (founding members of the Renegades) in a bloody battle that left the Anarchists reeling. Nova has figured out the best way for retaliate: she will pose as a Renegade hopeful and infiltrate their HQ. Perfect cover, that is until she meets Adrian, aka Sketch, her team leader. Not only is he pretty easy on the eyes and nice to talk to, but Nova begins to discover that not everything about the Renegades is bad. They are actually doing some good.
Adrian is the son of a founding member of the Renegades, however, after his mother's death some years before, he's been raised by his uncles who are verifiable celebrities amongst the Renegades. While his power of being able to bring his drawings to reality is pretty cool, he longs to have a "real power" something he can use to enact real change in the Renegades. He believes what they stand for, but he can't help but think that a lot of it has fallen to much pomp and circumstance. He wants justice to be served, not only for his mother, but for all those who've lost someone to the Anarchists.
Adrian has created an alternate persona known as The Sentinel. While the Sentinel has a myriad of powers, Adrian finds that his mission is not as easy as he thought it would be. When he meets Nova and welcomes her onto his team as a new recruit, he begins to see the failings of the system. Both Nova and Adrian will have to guard their secrets all while trying to make Gatlon City change for the better.
I was anxious to read this book, Marissa Meyer's first outside of her Lunar Chronicles series. I was initially taken aback by the campiness of the start of the book, especially after the somewhat dark backstory and prologue sequences. But I soon relished the stark contrast between those moments of campiness - that hearkens back to the likes 1960s Batman TV complete with over-the-top phrases where I would mentally insert a "POW" or "WHAM" air bubble and skintight suits with capes and masks - to the darker aspects - making me think of The Dark Knight movie trilogy - where things are gritty, and people are killing other people in order to survive.
There's a lot of rumination on what it means to be a hero. What are the standard to which "heroes" are to be held? What are their true responsibilities to those they've sworn to protect? Nova brings up the idea that heroes are not always necessarily someone with powers. A hero can be anyone who dares to step up to do the right thing prodigy or not, just in Gatlon City those without powers have grown a bit too complacent in letting Renegades take care of their problems. Pretty much to the point where the Renegades are wearing thin, and when they can't deliver on their edicts the people hold it against them.
I really liked the contrast between Nova, who doesn't have what could be called a "strength power", she has to work to rely on her own body, her own self, if she were to get into an altercation. She's learned how to shoot, how to fight whereas Adrian instead of learning these skills just draws them into fruition. With the adoption of his Sentinel persona, he's pretty convinced that strength of power is the only way to be successful, and it almost always fails him.
Marissa Meyer certainly knows how to tell a story. Renegades felt like a lot of build-up. The twists and turns just kept getting more twisty and turny as you go further and further into the story, with very little revealed. There are some big revelations - some big implications - by the end, but for the most part this story is just getting started. I enjoyed where Meyer chose to take us, but I will admit at times it felt a bit repetitive. We're constantly reminded that Nova is on a mission, she's not really on the Renegades' side yet she's continually confronted with pieces of information that cause her to question her goals. Honest;y, though, I kind of liked that Nova, for the most part, stuck by her convictions and wasn't just immediately swayed. I think there's good and bad on both sides of the hero / villain line in this story and Meyer did a great job of exploring both.
I also really appreciated that any romantic element was kept pretty mild. I think it fit the best with the story not to focus solely on Nova and Adrian making moony eyes at each other. Instead I loved how their growing friendship / relationship tip-toes around the secrets that each of them are keeping. More focus is placed on Nova and the secret of her really being an Anarchist. There are a lot of near-misses for the girl. You can't take these occurrences too seriously, otherwise you'll be thinking that the Renegades are really terrible at their jobs if they can't spot the lies. But I think that may just be a commentary on how complacent the Renegades have become in their place. It's been near a decade since they've been challenged and they've had the run of Gatlon City since then. So it shouldn't be a surprise when someone does decide to push back that they're unprepared.
Overall, I enjoyed Renegades. It's a pretty long spiraling story, but I liked the narrative getting both Nova and Adrian's points of view. I look forward to seeing where the story goes next and the decisions both Adrian and Nova have to make down the line.
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