Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Genre: YA SciFi / Superheroes
Release Date: November 7, 2017
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 a villain who has the power to end them both.
4 Things About Renegades
1. I mean, it was okay – but that’s it. First I was prepared to love this book because I love Marissa Meyer. Then I decided I would hate it, because all the early reviews came in and it sounded terrible. Well, I didn’t hate it after all, mostly because it drew no emotion from me. There was one time in the WHOLE BOOK when I felt anything at all, and that was when the baby died (not a spoiler, within the first six pages) and everyone would feel sad to read about a baby dying! I blame the book – the whole thing was so dry and emotionless and boring for me. I like to feel things when I read, or at least be interested! I literally only finished this book because I had to write a review and because I was driving for eight hours anyway.
2. The characters are not the worst I’ve seen, but they’re not that great, either. This goes along with the whole thing above; I FEEL NOTHING. I mean I liked Nova. I liked Adrian, but I couldn’t have cared less what happened to them. The side characters were weird. Was there even a real villain? And the romance was okay, but I really would have preferred them to stay friends this time. Which is sad, because I normally love Marissa Meyer’s romance. And where was everyone’s motivation? I felt like there was none – or at least I wasn’t invested enough to feel like there was.
3. The plot/story is okay, I guess. I honestly cannot remember almost anything that happened – there was a lot of surveillance, I think? I’m totally blanking – I’m not even being sarcastic. I cannot remember. I finished the book, so it wasn’t like I was bored out of my mind, but for the most part I just had a hard time caring about anything that happened. (This is a sad, sad theme.)
4. I read this book for exactly one reason: Marissa Meyer. I LOVE Marissa Meyer, and I will read anything she writes – including, unfortunately, this. I should have known – I HATE the superhero trope. I’ve seen exactly one superhero movie, Batman, and I thought it was pretty good but the guy doesn’t even have powers. I just think superheroes are so weird and the idea of people having weird powers like being able to turn into a chameleon or something is not attractive to me at all. So maybe if you like superheroes in general, you’d like Renegades better than I did.
Have you read Renegades? Were you disappointed too, or were you one of the lucky few who liked it? And how was your Christmas/Holiday break? Let me know in the comments!
Content Guide: There was some occasional very light profanity. There was some violence, as is to be expected from the superhero genre, but it wasn’t graphic at all and rarely occurred.
**Thank you very much to Emma @ Miss Print for providing me with an arc of Renegades in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion. **