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.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Renegades…. Does this summary sound familiar to you? Because it does to me. And the story felt so familiar. Like it’s something I’ve already read or seen somewhere… I couldn’t quite put a finger on it, and I don’t want to name names and put ideas into your head – but this felt like it’s been done before. Don’t get me wrong – there isn’t a trademark on superheroes or prodigies/people with powers, but this just didn’t feel original.
Told in dual narration between Nova and Adrian, this story was enjoyable enough. I liked Nova and Adrian and everyone else, but it felt like a letdown. I ADORED Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series and lovedddd Heartless – but this just didn’t live up to expectations. I liked Renegades, but I didn’t love it.
This book was over 500 pages and it felt wayyyyy too long. I listened to the audiobook, which was 17 hours. (I always listen on 1.5x speed or higher, and I listened to the majority of this on 2x speed but it still took a long time.) Side note on the audiobook, I adore Rebecca Solar’s narration so I would highly recommend anything she narrations – which includes everything Marissa Meyer has written.
A lot of this was backstory, which is always necessary, but it felt like TOO much story and not enough action. I honestly didn’t feel like anything was happening until the last quarter of the book. THEN things started to get good. Then action happened. And then it was the end and it was over. I wish the action started 200 pages sooner.
What I did love about this story was the Anarchists and Nova’s beliefs. She’s supposed to be the “villain” in this story, but is she really? I love the idea that not everything is black and white – there isn’t only good and evil but there are shades of gray in there. Are the Renegades morals all they’re cracked up to be? Are the Anarchists really wrong for wanting equality for all prodigies? For wanting representation for both prodigies and normal humans? For wanting it to not be a dictatorship of “heroes” aka only Renegades holding the power of government?
I wish there was more of this – more questions what is “right” and what is “wrong” and what falls between that good and evil. I wand more from those gray areas. I hope the second book touches further on the Anarchists viewpoints and their past – I am very interested in them.
I’m on the side of the Anarchists.
Which side are you on?