Renegades by Marissa Meyer Review

Hi bookish fans!

I recently read and finished Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I cannot wait to dive into this review since it was such a massive book and there is a lot to go over. I’m working on finding my own niche of reviewing books in a certain format, so, don’t mind if the next few reviews I create are less than stellar. However, if you’re down for such a review then keep on reading and let’s discuss when you’re done!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

By Marissa Meyer
Pages: 556
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5/4)   see: Goodreads Review

Favorite lines:
“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”

“All revolutions come with death. Some must die so that others might have life. It is a tragedy, but it is also a truth.”

Official Book Synopsis:
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.

My thoughts:
This book was great, in all honesty. Granted, I’m not typically found curled up in a corner devouring superhero-and-villain-themed books as they usually bore me, but I think the underlying topics in this story and the world involved were enough to keep me not only going but thoroughly enjoying the story. I haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles yet so I was unfamiliar with Meyer’s writing style which was just “okay”. There are parts I briefly skimmed over when repetitive thoughts kept cropping up, but otherwise I had a hard time keeping the book down once it was started.

Nova was taken in by her uncle, Ace Anarchy, after her family was killed during a time of corruption in their world. Prodigies were and are abound where many people have unique gifts and abilities they have the chance to use for good or destruction. The Renegades were a group of people fighting to alter the corruption in the world at the time of Nova’s family being killed, yet today Nova believes that they are still her enemies. Nova grew up under Ace’s belief in Anarchists controlling the world and themselves while Renegades believe in controlling the masses and order. Nova is able to infiltrate the Renegade headquarters and from there her world becomes confusing and full of decisions and thoughts she’ll have to face in order to come out alive.

I went back and forth with enjoying Nova’s point of views. Sometimes I considered her a strong female character with a clear mind and a purpose. Other times she felt almost selfish in her wishes which made her appear less like an adult and more like a true child. In comparison is our other main character, Adrian, who initially annoyed me but eventually became a warmer character that felt like a real person I could sit down and talk with over coffee. I also enjoyed the other characters which were diverse such as a disabled superhero and a family with two fathers. There is a SMALL romance in this novel which builds over the entire story and while I initially despised this and thought it felt forced, it’s since grown on me and I’ve not minded the slow-pacing or overall tiny part this played in the story.

The ending did surprise me, though I toyed with the idea of the surprise once or twice in the beginning of the novel. It left the book with a BANG and I was a little sad I would now have to wait a few more months to read the remainder of this story. There were a few aspects I disliked about the book such as the bouncing back and forth of how characters felt or acted and some descriptions Meyer’s put in that felt unnecessary. However, I enjoyed this story and will be happy to read the second installment.

TELL ME – HAVE ANY OF YOU READ THIS YET?! I’m just dying to talk about it with someone. Let me know below!


6 Comments on “Renegades by Marissa Meyer Review

  1. I read it! Liked it but I had some issues with it as well.
    I honestly expected it to have way more action since it’s.. well, superheroes and villains, you know?
    As you, I toyed with the idea of that ending at first but quickly forgot about it and then was surprised anyway, haha. Can’t wait to see where the sequel will bring us! I do hope it’ll have waaaay more actual action than Renegades did though.

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    • I agree with the part of having fewer action scenes than I would have figured for so many pages, plus with a book about superheroes and villains. Though it makes me wonder that since a lot of this book was setting things up, I wonder if the next book will have more of the action planned? I hope so, anyway! I enjoyed the scenes with the Librarian and the first few about the parade. I wish more had been like that but can’t for the next one, too!

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      • I really hope so! But it’s a duology, right? Which just made me think this would also have been an action-packed installment. Guess I was wrong to expect that, ha.
        I really liked the Librarian! I couldn’t help picturing a nutty professor, haha.

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      • I believe it’s just a duology, so I totally agree with where you’re coming from, especially since there were so manyyyy pages this book. Also, I sort of kept picturing a Dr. Robotnik image for the librarian. No idea why 😂

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      • Exactly! The actual action only started three hundred-pages in or something? I think?
        Haha! Dr. Robotnik combined with nutty professor-tendencies = SUCCESS. 😂😂


  2. Loved this review. I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of it, and me and my friend did a really fun post about heroes and villains in the book. I totally get why you thought Nova came across as kinda selfish though. I have to agree with that 😀


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