Renegades by Marissa Meyer // Meh, meh, and more meh

Renegades (Renegades, #1)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.

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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.

post divider 12.  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.

post divider 23. 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. 

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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. **

9 thoughts on “Renegades by Marissa Meyer // Meh, meh, and more meh

  1. Ah yes, I so agree!! The whole book was literally SO “meh” for me — I didn’t care about anything or anyone?? (Except for Ruby & Oscar, and Adrian’s dads.) I also thought that the pacing was WAY WAY too slow, and that had a huge part in my rating! I think it took until 50% for things to actually HAPPEN??? And by that point, I was just done. (The book is HUGE.)

    Great review! ❤

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  2. I actually really loved this book… I’m not usually a huge fan of superheroes either, but I think that just made this book seem more fresh to me, instead of causing me to not enjoy it…
    It’s too bad you didn’t enjoy it though ☹️

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