Wednesday, 31 January 2018

RENEGADES - by Marissa Meyer

RENEGADES - Marissa Meyer
Published: 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 556
Genres: Young adult / adventure / romance / science fiction
Triggers/Content Advisory: Very mild sci-fi violence
Format: ARC paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice. 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.


I am a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles. But I didn't enjoy Heartless, which made me nervous to pick up this book. It can be a bit hit-and-hiss with Marissa Meyer.
I buddy read this book with the amazing Uma @ Books.Bags.Burgers. Please go check out her review HERE!


I officially love Meyer's writing. It's simple, but it's warm, clever, and personal. Her dialogue is excellent, too; it's always the highlight for me.
I love the world building. I'm a big fan of superheroes, so this world is definitely for me. The action sequences are terrific, as well, and every scene is incredibly vivid and alive. You really become a part of the action. The imagery is superb.

But the plot is weak. It is extremely slow, with lots of boring scenes, and back story and the world's history continually bog it down. I feel like this is one of those stories where the back story would actually a better story than the present story. The plot points and motivations also don't make proper sense - the plot isn't strong enough, and that goes right down to its framework. On top of that, the ending is totally unsatisfying. It doesn't resolve properly and leaves too many questions unanswered. That annoys me.

"There's no rule that says you have to be a prodigy to be a hero," she insisted. "If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find ways to be heroic, even without supernatural powers.”

The secondary characters are brilliant. Meyer makes everyone distinct in her trademark style with plenty of quirks and sharp traits, and personalities are vibrant, three-dimensional, and compelling. I especially love Max and Ingrid's characters - they're awesome.
But the two leads, Nova and Adrian, are boring. They are so cliche. Their motivations are incredibly weak, the direction Nova takes on her quest for justice is rather illogical, and Adrian has no character development. Compared to the secondary characters, these two are cardboard cutouts. And their romance isn't shippable, either; there's not even one spark of chemistry between them.




Renegades is disappointing. The plot is too slow, too weak, and the lead characters are dull. But the dialogue and secondary characters come close to redeeming the book. 

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