Welp the title says it all on this one. I have the no good, very bad case of reading the trilogy in a span of 48 hours and not remembering the individual plots. They all kind of blur together into a giant bowl of word soup (not my best metaphor but again, my mind is soupy right now), so please bear with me as I try to weed out the individual plots. In my mind they are all ah yes, that superhero book.
Author: Marissa Meyer
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. (from Goodreads)
Both sides seemed in the wrong in some way. One one hand, the Renegade system seemed corrupt in the distribution of power and assertion of force. On the other hand, the anarchists are trying to, ya know, assassinate people to give everyone personal freedom. Seeing the faults and advantages in both sides made for a very interesting book. I didn’t know who should win, I couldn’t decide who to root for, but I am here for it.
The fact that Renegades is told from the “villain’s” perspective and yet I STILL LOVE NOVA. Like Marissa, stop with your voodoo word magic, making me like the villain.
Why do I adore Nova? That, my friends, is a good question.
She is a sassy queen. Sassing people as they attack you will forever be my favorite thing. It is such a bad idea, but I will admit I do love the ~drama~ it adds to the fights. I’m always a sucker for some good old sass.
She somehow manages to be adorably awkward and badass at the same time?? Nova, whatever you’re doing, show me your magic.
Nova had no clue what she was doing and I got major yolo vibes from her. You’re telling me that this teenager (no doubt she is fierce, but still a teenager) pulls up to the Renegades and is just accepted. The whole concept of the Renegades trial is a little sus. So they just gather a bunch of superhero randos and let them join if they can wow the crowd?? Um… ok??
More importantly, why are we relying on teenagers to be law enforcement here?? Are there no child labor laws? Do their parents have to sign liability waivers or something or let their kids run around shooting people?? I can’t even walk home from school without a liability waiver.
The adults-are-nonexistent trope gets a lot of hate, but may I present it’s evil cousin: adults-are-present-but-useless-slugs. *angry nostril flare*
For being a super special superhero organization the Renegades are hecka gullible and trusting. Oh, you have no finger tips?? Cool, cool, join our superhero boy band! You immediately want access to secret information?? Sure, sure, have at it! How did no one realize what was going on?? If ya’ll don’t wake up!
Do you know what else baffles me? The Renegades are looking for Nightmare and yet they have the investigation skills of a baby squirrel. They are far too trusting. They claim that they conducted crime scene analysis, but you mean to tell me they found nothing but a few finger prints??? This world has technology including fingerprinting and freaking superpowers, yet you mean to tell me there is no DNA testing??
I know, I know, they would need a sample to compare any DNA to, but maybe you could do a DNA swab as part of your Renegade background check. Just to, ya know, make sure you aren’t letting your enemy into your stronghold. Just a thought.
The dramatic revelations drove the plot forward and I am here for it.
Marissa Meyer is the queen of endings. I had my suspicions, but the way it was revealed had me yelling. It wasn’t super hardcore cliffhanger, but it was enough of a reveal to make me neglect my homework some more. Ah, yes, we do love some good old procrastination to keep reading.
Speaking of suspicions, a quick note: There were certain moments (aka tragic death story) and I just wanted to yell LIES. As soon as I read it I couldn’t help thinking about how convenient that was. Maybe I’m paranoid, or maybe I have a keen eye for potential plot twists. We shall see…
Despite all of my problems with this book, I still managed to like this book. I liked the complexity of the characters and their viewpoints. I liked all of the shocking moments. But above all, I enjoyed myself reading this book. It made me laugh and smile, even if some parts of it had me scratching my head.
Have you read Renegades?? What did you think?