ARC Review: Renegades


Title: Renegades

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: Renegades, #1

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Release Date: April 5th 2018


Four Stars

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.

New from Marissa Meyer, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Heartless, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

– Blurb courtesy of

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Hero or villain, all prodigies were powerful. All prodigies were dangerous.”

Nova is a dangerous prodigy. Known only as Nightmare to the Renegades she seeks to take down the Renegades and their council, finishing the work her uncle, Ace Anarchy, started years ago when he first rose up and formed the Anarchists. Nova wants revenge, but after the Anarchists were overthrown years ago when Ace died they’re fighting a losing battle. It’s only when, after her mission to kill Captain Chromium fails and Nova finds herself face to face with a new kind of Renegade, that the Anarchists are forced to change their strategy.

I love Marissa Meyer’s books, and I love superhero universes so Renegades felt like a winning combination for me.It had the action and adventure I love in stories like this, the battle of good vs evil which always seems so black and white for those fighting on each side but in reality is anything but, but most of this book felt like a build up to something that never really arrived.

“While the Renegades knew so much about them. Where they lived. The extent of their abilities.
But they didn’t know about her.
And if that was the only advantage she had, then she was going to use it.”

It’s taking part in the Renegade trials, earning her place as one of them as Insomnia, that Nova meets Adrian. As the adoptive son of Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden Adrian is a Renegade through and though. He believes in the Councils mission and what the Renegades are trying to do, but he has a personal motive driving him to find Nightmare. As Nova gets closer and closer to the Renegades, finding out their secrets for her own gain, her alliance to the villains she considers her family threaten her mission in ways she couldn’t have predicted.

There was a fair bit of action in this book, and plenty of character and relationship development as we got to know Nova and Adrian as well as the Renegades and Anarchists, but there weren’t many twists and turns that kept me hooked on the plot itself. The last chapter revealed plenty of secrets, some of which I’d guessed others of which I had no clue of, and really upped the stakes which ended this book on a cliffhanger and hopefully promises a more action-packed sequel.

…The Characters

“Nova didn’t want to go back to the Age of Anarchy. She didn’t want innocent people to be slaughtered like her family had been. She just wanted the freedom that Ace had envisioned for her and those like her.”

Nova saw her family murdered when she was only six and ever since then she’s lived among the Anarchists, one of them. She wholeheartedly believes in the mission her uncle started, Ace never wanted to control the world he just wanted the prodigies to be free from oppression they’d lived with for so long before he rose up. I don’t see Nova as a villainous character because at her heart she just believes that the Renegades and all prodigies to fade into the background and let humanity run their own lives without relying on the superheroes they’ve come to depend on.

“He would tell the Council everything. About the Sentinel and his newfound abilities. About Nightmare and what she had said. He would tell them soon.
He would tell them the truth, after he had some answers of his own.”

Adrian grew up with the Renegades the same way Nova grew up with the Anarchists. There’s never been any question of him joining them, and never anything else Adrian has wanted than to follow in his dads’ footsteps. He believes in the council and what they’re doing, but at the same time he thinks things were better when they were superheroes who protected the people, rather than leaders with repercussions to think of first. That is what the Sentinel is born from, the need for a superhero whose first priority is innocent lives rather than rules and regulations.

The growing relationship between Nova and Adrian was really sweet. It didn’t move too fast and it still has room to develop into something more in the next book which hopefully it will considering, even if Adrian’s not aware of it, they’re both on different sides in this battle. Despite Nova’s loyalty to the Anarchists and Adrian’s to the Renegades a lot of their beliefs are the same, they’re just using very different methods to see them realised.

“The Anarchists are my family,” she said. “The only family I have left. I won’t be free until you are. I won’t rest until the Renegades are punished. For how they treat you. For how they betrayed my family. For what they did to Ace.”

The relationship Nova had with the remaining Anarchists – Irene, Phobia, Leroy, Winston and Honey who are all that remains after Ace was killed during the Day of Triumph – is that of a family relationship. It’s the same loyalty Adrian has for his teammates, Ruby, Danna and Oscar, the same love he has for his adoptive dads, Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden. I loved reading all the different dynamics between the characters, and I really loved getting to know all of the other Renegades and Anarchists.

…The Setting

“The Council saw themselves as benevolent leaders attempting to solve all the problems of humanity, without any apparent grasp of how their involvement was only dooming society to helplessness and desperation.”

Gatlon, where Renegades is set, is a city still suffering from the aftermath of Ace Anarchy’s reign of terror. Throughout the story we got a good feel for how the city is recovering and what the Council have done to help heal the wounds left by Ace, while also discovering Ace’s motives, why he rose up against the world and what it was he was fighting for. However there are still some holes in the world building I hope will be developed more in the next book, mainly how the prodigies came to be and how their powers develop. In some cases prodigies developed their powers through freak accidents, whereas in other cases they were born with them.

Renegades was a brilliant start to a new series from one of my favourite authors, and after the way it ended I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book when it’s released. I just wish the plot had been a little more action-packed, with more twists and turns that led to an epic conclusion in this book rather than simply to the promise of more in the next book.

What did you think of Renegades? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

All quotes have been taken from an ARC and may differ in the final publication.

13 thoughts on “ARC Review: Renegades

  1. Yeah this definitely ended on a cliffhanger and promises an action packed sequel! And yeah I don’t really see Nova as totally villainous either. And I thought the relationship between Adrian and Nova was really sweet too and I liked how it developed slowly. And yeah that’s a fair point about the setting. I’m really looking forward to see where it goes too, glad you enjoyed this overall, fantastic review! 😀 ❤

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    1. I’m very excited for the sequel, I feel like the first book in the series always introduces the story and the world and then the second book really gets into the actions, so I have high hopes for the second in this series.
      Hopefully their relationship will progress more in the second book. As great as it was to see it develop slowly I want more development! 🙂
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤

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  2. I’m glad to see that you mostly enjoyed this despite the fact that the plot could have had a little more action in it.
    Was this the UK release? I’ve had this book on my shelf since last year, so I’m a little confused about the release date 😅😅

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    1. I think that was just because this was the first book in the series, so I’m hoping the next one will have plenty of action! 🙂
      Yeah everywhere else in the world got this book last November but in the UK we had to wait to April, it was only released here today so I was super glad I got an ARC! 😀

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  3. Lovely review, Beth! I’m sorry you felt like you were waiting for something big to happen all the time you were reading, but it’s the first book in a series so, I’m hopin that the second book will maybe be a little more action-packed? Fingers crossed! I loved The Lunar Chronicles so much and, even if I am not too into superheroes stories, because I just haven’t read much… I need to try this one someday 🙂
    Thank you for sharing 🙂 x

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! 🙂 Yeah it definitely sucks but sometimes I feel like that’s just how the first book in a series can sometimes be. There’s a lot to introduce and build up so it can’t be fast-paced action from the opening, that’s what the second book is for right? (At least I’m hoping that’s what the second book is for). I do prefer The Lunar Chronicles but Renegades is still a good book so I’d recommend this one, hopefully you’ll enjoy it too.
      That’s all right! 😀 ❤

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  4. I love the UK cover! Haven’t read Renegades yet (I think I may wait until closer to the second book’s release), but your review makes me excited to pick it up!

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