Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Book Summary From Amazon: 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.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.

RATING *5/5 STARS*

I’ve had Renegades on my TBR for quite a while but have just recently had the opportunity/time to read it.  Boy, I wasn’t disappointed!  I’ve always had a love for superhero stories as is evidenced by my love for Marvel.  This love is part of the reason why I wanted to read Renegades; the cover blurb reminded me a lot of the X-Men.  As I was reading, I saw the parallels between the two worlds.

The two main groups in Renegades are the Renegades themselves and the Anarchists.  The Anarchists are seen by everyone as the villains and are despised by the Renegades, the heroes whom almost everyone loves.  The similarities between these groups and Professor X/Magneto are evident, especially when I sat down and actually thought about it.  The main baddie in the Anarchists even wears a special made helmet.

The story focuses on Nova, a girl who was raised by the head honcho of the Anarchists.  I really enjoyed her character’s development.  She decides to infiltrate the Renegades and find out their secrets by actually joining them.  Her views start to change, however, the longer she is there.  By the end of the book, she reverted back to her original views.  However, I didn’t mind it; she learned about the other side, saw their point of view, and factored this new information into her beliefs.  I think I liked her character so much because I am a firm believer that there is good in everyone.  The degree of this good varies from person-to-person.

There was a romantic subplot in Renegades between Nova and Adrian, the other protagonist, and I am here for it!  I’ve always been a sucker for a cute romance, especially when it’s not all up in my face.  It was handled very subtly.  I am really looking forward to seeing where this plot line proceeds.

The overall elements of good and evil throughout Renegades was nicely handled.  Toward the end scene, Nova and Adrian have a philosophical discussion about those with powers (prodigies) and the good they server.  Their conversation made me respect Nova’s character a lot more than I did prior to that.  The fact that she realized the delicate balance between good and evil is very admirable.  She wasn’t set in her ways.  She was willing to learn others’ point of view.

Overall, Renegades earned my five star review.  I cannot wait for the sequel and was excited when I found out I only have to wait six months.  Drop me a comment if you’ve read Renegades or have any other thoughts!  Until the next review!

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