Renegades by Marissa Meyer is the first book in a new YA series all about superheroes.
In a world thrown into chaos, rises the Renegades–prodigies, superhumans with amazing abilities. The Renegades work to establish peace and regain order; they are a symbol to the people of a better time–as heroes who fight against the villains who once reigned during the age of anarchy.
Now these villains, the Anarchists, are relegated to the sewers, but a shadow of the power they once were. But one Anarchist has a plan. Nova, aka Nightmare, has a plan to infiltrate the Renegades and destroy them from the inside. As she gets closer to her goal, Nova meets Adrian, a Renegade boy with a secret and suddenly Nova finds herself questioning her motives and aims.
Will Nova accomplish her goals and destroy the Renegades or will the secrets she uncovers change everything?
This is definitely more of a tween novel in my opinion. Totally suitable for our older middle-schoolers. As of yet, there is no real romance, only flirtation. There are a few implied violent scenes but you can that in any superhero movie or comic these days. But this is also a read that would keep your teens and adults interested–Meyer is good at that. This is also an excellent audiobook with a narrator I really like.
Renegades is an interesting take on a superhero origin story. A society that falls apart because of superhuman prodigies and it is those prodigies that rebuild society. I also really like the villains in this series. They, well some of them, truly believe that the world would be a better place without the Renegades and honestly, Nova’s reasoning is really convincing.
Overall, I like where this one is going. There are secrets on both sides that are going to make for a really interesting storyline. I’m looking forward to the next one.
This one gets four stars from me.
That’s all for now!