September 10, 2021

Renegades (Renegades Book 1) by Marissa Meyer


Renegades (Renegades Book 1) by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Format: Audiobook (library)
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer is a dystopian superhero novel where the main characters are on opposite sides. Nova, also known as Nightmare or Insomnia, was raised by the anarchists ("the bad guys") after Renegades ("the good guys" failed to save her family when she was six. Her uncle, Ace Anarchy, was the leader of the Anarchists and has raised her to hate the Renegades. Adrian, also known as the Sentinel or Sketch, is the child of the poster people of the Renegades. His birth mother, Lady Indomitable, died ten years ago and he is determined to figure out what happened. Their paths are thrust together when Nova goes undercover as a Renegade, and they work together as Insomnia and Sketch while trying to figure out each other's alter egos as Nightmare and Sentinel. 

While there has been a large amount of superhero-based films in the past years with the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universes, Renegades felt different and this uniqueness was part of the reason I liked it. The movies of the Avengers and the Justice League focus on very flashy, high-powered heroes. On the other hand, the prodigies in Renegades have a very broad spectrum of powers. It can range from invulnerability and super strength to invisibility and the ability to not go to sleep. I have to say, if I had a choice in what superpower I received, that ability to not go to sleep ever would not be my choice. I feel like it would be very boring at times. 

Renegades didn't completely knock my socks off, but I'm still curious to read the next books (Archenenemies and Supernova) to figure out what happens next with Nova and Adrian. I'm also super curious to see what role Max (a.k.a Bandit) plays in the series, as the author has done a lot to build up the suspense and mystery surrounding his powers. 

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