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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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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.
Epic, exciting and engaging!! Oh my gosh! When I started reading, I had NO IDEA this wasn’t a standalone! And now that I finished, I am flipping out. I need book two so bad.
This book is definitely one I will be recommending often.
Superheroes are all the rage now. But what if the lines between villains and heroes were blurred? Well, then you’d get Renegades. I was rooting for Nova, and then I wasn’t. And then I was, and then...
Again, I’m gonna need this next book. ASAP.
So many secrets as questions we still need answers to. I am rather nervous to read the next one, but I’ll be first in line to buy it. I need to know what’s coming!
I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!!
I went into this book thinking it was a stand-alone novel, but the story details and world building and unknown answers had me wondering. And the closer I got to the end, I realized there was not enough time to wrap it all up. That ending. Dang. I absolutely did not see that coming. And now I have to wait a whole freaking year for more. Ughhhh.
Any book that makes me want to chuck it across the room in frustration, anger, surprise...whatever...is worth the read to me. And this book takes the cake.
In my opinion, it's a very interesting take on the superhero idea. There are some cliche bits bit I look past that because it adds to the flavor of the novel and makes it seem more like a classic superhero universe. Some chunks felt like filler but they didn't take away from the novel which is why I can't stand filler bits in media - if they don't add to the piece, they're pointless. The ending was such a gripping part and now I'm excited to see how she continues with this in the second book. I wish I didn't have to wait until the end of the year for it!
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This book was a bit disappointing. The structure was all over the place and the ending was jarring--not in a good way.Read more
2 1/2 Stars.
Meyer is best known for her Lunar Chronicle series, a mash-up of fairy-tales and sci-fi.Read more