Wow, what a ride!
I really enjoyed myself while reading this book. I think Marissa Meyer did a wonderful job with the characters and the plot!
Renegades is a dual perspective novel based around Nova and Adrian. Nova grew up under the care of her uncle who was the head of a revolutionary group called the Anarchists who fought against the government and the world for the way they treated the prodigies (people with extraordinary abilities), which ultimately led to chaos and anarchy. Adrian was adopted by his two fathers who are the leaders of the Renegades, a syndicate of prodigies who fought to overthrow the Anarchists and bring peace and order to the world.
I love the juxtaposition of the two characters and their back-stories and how they ultimately wove together. I think that was masterfully done and so entertaining to read. Nova was a wonderful female protagonist. She is powerful, resilient, intelligent but still mysterious and kind of relatable. I love how we see her struggle with her identity throughout the novel as well. Who is she ultimately going to be and where will her loyalties lie as Nova or Nightmare or Insomnia?
Adrian was also just wonderful. I find him to be incredibly likeable and endearing. I liked that through his perspective we really see him endeavor to be the best possible son to his fathers and live up to the expectations that the world has really set being an Everhart. To see him grapple with his own identity as well was interesting to read, we see so many sides to him throughout the book as Sketch and Sentinel and also as just Adrian.
The plot was very fast paced, there is a lot of action going on and schemes being formed and executed. There was also a lot of open ended plot lines that I think will definitely be explored in the sequel Archenemies when it comes out later this year, which I am now super pumped for! And just want to mention that huge cliffhanger at the end! OMG! I can usually spot these things a mile away; especially with YA fantasy but I really just did not see that coming!
⭐️4/5 stars a YA dystopian fantasy novel with superpowers and secret identities what’s not to like?