Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Release Date: November 14th, 2017
Series: Renegades #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Really interesting superpowers
When you think of superheroes you think of things like the DC and Marvel heroes. People with powers like super strength, flying, indestructibility, and telikinesis. Those exist in the world of RENEGADES but there is also so much more! The ability to force people to sleep, disperse into butterflies, and make your drawing come to life! These are so much more fascinating than the usual things.
More of a focus on the characters than action
Being a superhero book I was expecting a decent amount of action, but there wasn’t all that much? I suspect it was because a lot of time was spent introducing the characters, the world, and the conflict and that more fight scenes will come in sequels. That doesn’t mean it was boring though, I really enjoyed exploring the world. Also LOVE every single one of the characters, even the side characters! They’re very grey, very interesting. I got incredibly attached very early on.
What does it mean to be a hero?
This series is going to explore a lot of moral questions and I’m excited. Specific questions it will focus on are things like what does it really mean to be a hero? What is truly good and evil? Nothing is clear cut on either side of the Renegade vs Anarchist line. It’s really interesting how the winners influence the history and what is “right” while painting the other side as the bad guys.
I ship ALL THE SHIPS
One thing about getting attached to character early on, I SHIP ALL THE SHIPS. Well not that many. The only real couples I need to be happy together are Ruby and Oscar and Nova and Adrien (those two have the extra appeal of starcrossed lovers). They’re all very complicated and so super slow burn ships. Brace for feels I say.
I’m very intrigued by the potential future
Obviously I can’t discuss this too much because spoilers but I cannot wait to see what direction this series takes. Especially after certain plot twists that have us questioning historical accuracy. I have no idea how it could possibly wrap up in a happy manner for everyone which is terrifying. It’ll be interesting that’s for sure.
While RENEGADES wasn’t as action packed as I had hoped, it’s still an interesting start to the series. The characters are complex and interesting, and I have no idea how they’re decisions and actions are going to influence the future plot. Definitely a series that is going to make us question what it really means to be a hero.