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Renegades Paperback – 16 November 2017
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Tackles a familiar genre in a brand new way. Source: Hypable.com
A fully realized new world with compelling characters and just enough edge-of-your-seat action to rival the biggest on-screen adaptation? Source: Bustle
Even reluctant fans of hero fantasies will fall for the smart plot and wonderful world-building. Prepare to fangirl. Source: Justine Magazine
Meyer delivers a balance between intricate world-building and fast-paced action sequences. Nova's childhood tragedy will draw sympathy from readers as they watch her integrate into the group of Renegades in order to seek vengeance. Back-stabbing, plot twists, and hidden agendas will have readers turning pages in an attempt to discover the truth. Source: School Library Journal
Meyer smartly refrains from focusing totally on Adrian and Nova's potential romance and instead fleshes the characters out as separate individuals with flaws and strengths, regrets and desires. ...The world is exceptionally well crafted, particularly the complex backstory of the rise of prodigies among humans, and the secondary cast of villains and heroes could give Marvel and DC a run for their money. There's a lot going on here besides cool names and superpowers, and the book earns both its hefty page count and its expected sequel. Source: Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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- Item Weight : 380 g
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1509876448
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509876440
- Product Dimensions : 13.1 x 3.6 x 19.6 cm
- Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books (16 November 2017)
- Reading level : 12 - 16 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is a portrayal of a society which has taken measures to uproot evil to become a utopia. Somehow the discipline and ‘all figured out’ society has led to some disturbance, an arch rivalry between the heroes – renegades and villains – anarchists. Nova, our protagonist is against the ideology of Renegades and has got some reason for it. And Merissa Meyer tries to stitch a story on Nova’s revenge plot and search for a truth. The book picks up a speed in the end chapters, leading to a longing for its sequels.
If you are looking for something new, Renegades is nothing like it. But that is the charm of Merissa’s storytelling, she draws inspiration from the famous stories and creates something beautiful. Well, I have high hopes for this series and believe that you will also feel the same. Only if you hang in there until the end.
That being said the world building is good. The powers of the prodigies is explained nicely and doesn't sound cliched.
We have a villain with superpowers who thinks that if people with superpowers didn't exist then people would be better off as they'll stop being lazy and relying on superheroes to make all the decisions for them.
And we have a hero who thinks that society won't be able to recover or survive of it wasn't for the superheroes.
Both of them make sound, logical arguments. Hopefully we'll find a common ground in the sequel. Also, this is only a duology so excited for the last part.
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The story contained every trope that you can think of that you associate with these kind of stories - from tragic origin stories to villainous monologues to spandex costumes and domino masks. While it was amusing as times, as a fan of comic books, I did find this to be a bit tiresome as these elements are hardly original. I also found the two factions to be a bit too clear cut. While the novel tries to build moral ambiguity, this is undermined by the fact that the Anarchists actively refer to themselves as villains and are proud of their kills. This is incredibly hard to justify.
The novel was also far longer than it needed to be. At close to 600 pages, there was a lot of expository dialogue and repetition of ideas, which felt clumsy and really should have been edited down. The climax of the novel was also a bit underwhelming. After a few fairly obvious twists, the story didn't really build up to much until its final 10%, ending with a couple of shoehorned in "reveals" to tie into the sequel. This unfortunately left the book feeling a bit weak on its own, as it was not a complete novel in its own right.
However, I never thought the book was boring. Despite my gripes, it really was carried by its characters. While some of the heroes were very much shades of better know superheroes (Captain Chromium as Captain America, Thunderbird as Hawk Girl etc), it was interesting to see them all interact and some of the powers were creative. I really liked Monarch and her ability to become a swarm of butterflies in particular. My only real issue was that the character list at the front of the books revealed a lot of the powers and secret identities of the characters, and I would have preferred that these were left as surprises.
The protagonists of the novel were very strong. While the story had a large, diverse and very memorable cast, Nova and Adrian are the characters that truly stand out. They are both confident and well-rounded characters who both embody very different view points. Their often-conflicting motivation is clear and always seems very understandable. While their attraction was a bit too instantaneous for my liking, I did like seeing how both of their opinions changed over the course of the novel - Adrian starting to understand the Anarchists a little better while Nova grew conflicted with her loyalties between the two factions.
All in all, it was a bit of a mixed bag. While unoriginal and overly long, it did contain some great characterisation. I am mildly curious to see how this series will conclude.
Okay so I will admit that it places it’s probably not 5 star material and I’d have liked to have seen more about nova’s politics and her discussing that with any of the Renegades. Her and Adrian discussing that was really interesting for me. As was the well meaning but sinister undertones of all things to do with the council, I’m looking forward to getting more of that in the next book.
And that cliffhanger! Oh my gosh. Haha.
But when it comes down to it, I really enjoyed this. It’s an easy and quick read full of fun. And I will always love a story about a person outsmarting others, especially those of “greater ability”
However, I know it might seem petty to some but I really wanted to edition/cover art shown here so it matched the archenemies (book 2) which I received also from Amazon after chatting with Amazon they seemed liked understood what I wanted but when I received the replacement it was the same 'wrong' cover I got the first time around so just a bit annoying.. I will probably go straight to a book shop now to find the one I want
I’m in a post book haze so haven’t processed all the things i love about this book yet, but yes, the ending, i was starting to feel like just maybe, just maybe, and then i was like yes exactly!
And also I love a good team/ friendship/banter/sarcasm book. It’s a favourite of mine, always makes for lovely reading.
Anyway yes, lovely