Archenemies – Marissa Meyer

Archenemies (Renegades, #2)

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Archenemies is the second book in the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer. The author introduced readers to the world of Gatlon City in Renegades, a world in which there are super-powered people much like the X-Men. There was a time when some of those people with powers ruled the city and it was considered a time of fear and anarchy, but another group of powered people called the Renegades rose up and defeated the oppressor. Suddenly, it is the Renegades who are in charge of Gatlon City and for a decade they rule with laws and justice – but the world isn’t as black and white as that.

The author does a fantastic job of making the Renegades, who could be seen as inherently good, and the Anarchists, who could be seen as inherently bad, as flawed parties who both have positive and negative traits, and neither of which is entirely right. You struggle to side with one group over the other, because they both have points and they are dimensional groups. I love that aspect of it and how she is able to sow doubt in the reader’s mind.

Our two main characters are still Adrian and Nova, both of which I love as characters. They both complement and contradict one another, which gives the readers a really interesting dynamic. I really enjoy how much Nova struggles between who she was brought up to be and her realizations that the world isn’t as black and white as she first thought. There are a lot of ‘coming of age’ and self-reflection moments that give her character a lot of depth and dimension. I still love Adrian’s character who is kind without being boring, although sometimes his inner monologues about the Sentinel became repetitive.

While Renegades was much more plot-driven and full of action, Archenemies focuses more on the political development and intricacies of the world, as well as character development. I really enjoy a book that is a balance of world building, character development, and plot or action points – but I appreciate the need to focus on one more than the others for each of the two books that she had written so far.

As this is the second book in the series, there isn’t much more to say that won’t spoil the events of the first book. I do really enjoy this series and would highly recommend it.

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6 responses to “Archenemies – Marissa Meyer”

  1. SHA @ Book Princess Reviews Avatar

    Okay, so Mandy already told me Renegades was not usual Marissa Meyer standards. So I avoided the series and so (obviously) haven’t read the sequel. Am I right on this? I mean, you’re giving almost five stars here. I am having the doubts now.

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    1. kyera Avatar

      You have to read it as its own entity. If you love superheroes and the X-men – you’re going to enjoy this because that’s what it’s heavily inspired by. But if you want the Lunar Chronicles part 2, then you’re going to be disappointed. I had to remove those expectations of the book from myself so I could enjoy it for what it is.

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      1. SHA @ Book Princess Reviews Avatar

        Hmm that’s a good thing to know. I’m a big X-Men fan, which Mandy isn’t as much, so that could be a factor.

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  2. Reading with Rendz Avatar

    Okay okay. I had to put this one off just because I have a pile of arcs to get through…but in your professional blogger opinion do you think the sequel is more entertaining than book 1? (This might be too vague a question, I know)

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    1. kyera Avatar

      I don’t know that I would call it more entertaining… Because I feel the first one had more action in it and the second one had more character development. So it just depends upon what you were hoping to get out of it and what you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy from the first one. If you can give me a little more detail I may be able to help you out.

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      1. Reading with Rendz Avatar

        It’s all good. I guess you kind of answered me. I’m gonna read it anyways, I just hope I find it a little more ~more~ than I found Renegades (I was expecting too much..but I think I have lowered them a little now) I do love character development so hopefully I find some fun in that!

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