Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1) Renegades by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am absolutely in love with the book and wish that I didn’t have to wait another year to find out what happens. Unlike Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, I feel that Renegades is not a series that is as universal a read. The Lunar Chronicles effortlessly blends science fiction with a fairytale retelling and I feel can draw people in even if they don’t normally read either of those two. Renegades on the other hand is definitely a superhero story, with fantastic characters and an intriguing plot – but, if you’re not a fan of superheroes then you’re not as likely to fall in love with this book.

I personally love superheroes, I read comics and can completely see the similarities to the X-Men in this novel. The gifted in this novel are called prodigies and have such amazing (and unique) powers. My personal favourite was Adrian, who had the ability to draw and make his art come to life. Even if you’re not super familiar with powers in comics, you’ll not be surprised by invincibility or flight. That’s why Adrian’s ability was so fascinating to me. It was wholly different from the powers I’ve grown to know and infinitely more surprising because of how versatile it is.

I also really enjoyed that the book wasn’t black and white, good and evil, right and wrong. Meyer did a brilliant job illustrating the nuances so that as a reader you could see both sides of the coin. Neither was completely the one that you wanted to root for, as they were all real, flawed people. Even Nova, who I didn’t completely connect with at the beginning of the book, grew over time and learned to think more openly. I ended up liking her a lot more, and love reading the struggle she went through throughout the entire book as it helped her develop as a character.

The main characters in this story definitely felt more real than the supporting ones, but I still feel that everyone was fleshed out. I never had those moments when I couldn’t remember who was who, which can happen with a large cast of characters (especially when they have both real names and aliases). Meyer allowed people to form a connection with almost all of her characters, no matter how many pages she dedicated to them. I think that is definitely where this book shone.

I’ve always loved Marissa Meyer’s ability to build a believable world that populates in your head as you read, and this is no exception. It could see Gatlon City with its heroes and villains, ordinary people, towering base of command, filthy subway tunnels and abandoned theme park buildings. I was so intrigued by the characters and the world that the storyline took more of a backseat for me. It was still fantastic, and even though the pacing of some scenes wasn’t perfect, it was a really enjoyable book.

I would highly recommend this book, especially if you like reading about superheroes (or supervillains, I won’t judge). I definitely think you’ll enjoy the book otherwise, but it might just not end up being your favourite. Who knows? You may discover that you actually love superheroes because of this book. Trust me, it’s pretty great.

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18 responses to “Renegades by Marissa Meyer”

  1. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

    Great review! I have just over 100 pages left to go and you captured all of my thoughts completely! I absolutely love the grey area between good and bad. And the world building in this book is OUTSTANDING!!!

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Thanks, I definitely don’t normally connect to the villains so it was wonderful how much Meyer was able to develop them so that it was possible.

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      1. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

        So well said!! The villains never really felt like villains. They just felt like people who wanted what was right and it just happened to be opposite of the “hero’s”

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  2. Step Into A Book World Avatar

    I love this book so much! I always root for the villains 90% of the time 🙂 I love Puppeteer he was my favorite character because he reminded me of the Joker and I laughed and cried at his scenes. He tugged at the heart string 😉
    I love your review!

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Aww thanks! 💜 He was hilarious, and I totally didn’t think of it at the time but he is similar to the Joker!

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  3. femaleinferno Avatar

    I can’t wait for my copy to arrive! Thanks for sharing your thoughts… it’s only added to my expectations!

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Oh that’s so exciting! I’ve been holding off on buying my copy because Barnes and Noble is supposed to have a signed copy on Black Friday and Target has a special edition, and I’m so torn!!

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      1. femaleinferno Avatar

        Unfortunately I’m not that spoiled for choice where I live… but knowing me I’d probably end up buying both. Coz I’m the type of book nerd that likes to live out loud! :p

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      2. kyera Avatar

        Oh no 😕 I’m sorry to hear that! Ugh I wish I could buy all the books I want because I totally would get both.

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  4. bookprincessreviews Avatar

    Wonderful review, Kyera! I think you did such a good job with it. 😀 I liked what you said about the villains and heroes. It’s so true – you didn’t want to root for either, but I also kind of did at other points? It was such an interesting balance between the two. And Adrian’s really was quite unique and new. Wonderful review!! ❤

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Thank you 💜 I loved that I never quite knew what to think or believe.

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  5. Reading with Rendz Avatar

    Amazing review Kyera!! I am beyond excited to get to this! (Holiday why are you so far away?) I usually love big casts of characters but I do tend to get confused with names so hopefully I don’t get too jumbled that it ruins the experience for me (but I highly doubt it will). I have never really read superhero comics, but I did like watching cartoons as a kid and today with all the movies about superheros, how can I not be excited for this super hero book by QUEEN MEYER! You made some great points and I hope that I enjoy it just as much as you did!

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Oh I hope you love it!

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  7. Never Not Reading Avatar

    Oooo, great point about Adrian’s power! It was introduced so early on, before really anyone else’s was, that I didn’t even stop to think about how unique it was compared to everyone else’s. I just kind of thought all the powers were going to be that bizarre, and then never noticed that they weren’t, lol. It is such a cool idea! I was also really captivated by the idea that for many of them, their abilities are brought on by trauma. Red Assassin’s in particular comes to mind.

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    1. kyera Avatar

      I agree, I also loved how she managed to make the world familiar and yet entirely new. The trauma was an interesting approach.

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