Renegades is absolutely full of clever superpowers and tremendous explosions!
All things I heartily approve of! And I am a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, so I went into this pretty keen. Unfortunately the book mostly fell flat for me due to (a) being enormously predictable, and (b) being just downright enormous. The only thing that needs to be 600 pages is a box of napkins, is all I’m saying.
Ok so here are some ORGANISED THOUGHTS. I do have these on the rare occasion.
+ Superhero books ARE really hard to make original and I think Renegades needed to work a liiiiittle harder.
Obviously there’s “nothing new under the sun” and all that, but I swear this was the exact same plot as Steelheart — just Renegades had more napping. Oh and throw in the Xmen too, obviously…which is OKAY except one of the Massive Big OMG Plot Twists™ was straight out of Xmen 3 so I was kind of…laughing…because…it was…so obvious.
+ I found it predictable, but have I just seen too many superhero movies????
I’ve read a lot, watched a lot, I mean…I’m just A Lot. And while I say “THIS COULD BE JUST MEEEE” … wouldn’t you expect superhero fantatics to pick up books on superheroes? Ergo stretching the boundaries of the regular tropes?? Or else maybe it’s interesting to see the films end up in a book. WHO KNOWS. PLEASE ENJOY YOURSELF IF YOU CAN.
+ It was super self-aware of the tired-cliches but IT STILL HAD THEM.
Look just saying “LOL YOU READ TOO MANY COMICS MATE” when someone makes a super super suuuuper cliche superhero flavoured joke — DOESN’T MAKE THE STORY SUDDENLY ORIGINAL. Pull yourself together, mate.
+ Also I’m confused because I thought this was about a “school for vigilantes”???
It isn’t, fyi. I may have gone mad but I swear when it was first announced that was the pitch!?? OR AM I GOING CRAZY?? Anyway. No schools are here.
+ Why so many pages, mate.
There were so many scenes were nothing happens. A whole chapter is dedicated to Nova getting her suit. Or Nova and Adrian sitting at a table being awkward. The “filler” drove me insane. I found it tedious and boring. And then all the exciting action was at the BEGINNING. Not the end?!? So the pacing was a hot mess, which is relatable to me I guess because I’m a hot mess at least 27 hours per day.
+ Anyhow. I did totally love how clever the superpowers were.
The powers were epic and clever and ingenious!!! I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. Adrian draws things to life! Nova can make people sleep! (Hi where can I sign up to be her friend because I haven’t slept in 98 years and wooooow I would like to.) Another girl bleeds rubies, someone controls children like puppets, someone who controls bees/wasps…etc. etc. I found it inspired, exciting, and very imaginative. Like this alone pretty much could’ve saved the book for me. Except for, you know. Literally everything else.
+ I did like Adrian and Nova as characters too!
Nova is badass and on the “villain” side and Adrian is a sweetie on the “good” side. Although Adrian was doing this whole rebellious-disguise-as-a-rogue-Renegade-and-“help”-but-no-one-knows-who-he-is thing. Which made 0% sense. But OK. I also appreciated the diversity, with Adrian being black with two dads, and Nova is biracial American-Filipino. (Some of the other characters have disabilities too!) ANYWAY. I wanted Adrian to have a nice life and Nova to maybe not shoot everyone she meets. Or do. Like live your dreams, woman, who am I to stop you.
However Nova’s whole “Infiltrate The Renegades And Bring Them Down” was soooo predictable because OBVIOUSLY SHE’D LIKE ADRIAN AND THEN HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS. OMG I NEED TO SIT DOWN AND EAT AN ICE CUBE.
+ Um I just tripped and dropped 50 tonnes of salt in this review.
I’m just gonna clean this up now, excuse me. [scrabbling on hands and knees trying to find dignity]
Renegades definitely was exciting and CLEVER wit the super powers, but the plot overall lost me.
If you are (A) a fan of superheroes, but (B) haven’t read many so like you’re up for unoriginal plot twists because you are GREEN as a little apple, and (C) you enjoy the sass and a very meandering plot while you get to know everyone — then Renegades is for you! I’m heckin’ sad I spent most of it bored and frustrated at the sloooow plot, but hopefully I’m the minority for this opinion.
THANKS PAN MACMILLAN AUSTRALIA FOR THE REVIEW-COPY. Renegades by Marissa Meyer is published November, 2017.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
New from Marissa Meyer, author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling series The Lunar Chronicles, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
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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