5 Things About Renegades by Marissa Meyer

November 24, 2017 Review 12 ★★★★

5 Things About Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
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Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Source: Trade
Pages: 555
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.



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.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4.1

12 Responses to “5 Things About Renegades by Marissa Meyer”

  1. claire

    This book sounds really interesting! I never finished Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series– not out of dislike, just a lack of time and acquiring the book– but this one seems like a must-read. I find books that explore gray characters and play with the roles of traditional heroes and villains more engaging because they make me think. I think that’s one reason I liked V. E. Schwab’s Vicious and The Great Gatsby so much: no character is completely innocent or moral. Lovely review, thanks for sharing!
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    • Bec

      It’s really fascinating! Yesss definitely similar themes to Vicious. I hope you get the chance to read it.

    • Bec

      There really has been a lot of mixed opinions! Mainly because it’s slower and doesn’t have the action people want I think. If you can really get into the characters though its great.


    • Bec

      I really appreciated the time it took to build the characters and the world! The next book is going to be super interesting

    • Bec

      Reading a lot of dreadfully slow adult epic fantasy novels in my life has given me a lot of patience for slow books haha. Plus I loved the characters and powers so didn’t mind taking the time to read about it all.

      OMG Adrian could draw so many useful things for us! Bookshelves, book boyfriends, talented characters to help our quests for world domination. So much!

  2. Kelly

    Sadly I just couldn’t get into this one, I think I felt a bit overwhelmed by so many characters all at once and wasn’t feeling a superhero read at the time either. It sounds as though I should have stuck with it though. I did like the play on the good verses evil trope and the thin line that exists in that moral grey area. Will definitely be giving this another read seeing you’ve enjoyed it so much Bec, wonderful review! <3
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    • Bec

      haha I have a lot of patience with slow books, so I didn’t notice it dragging too much. Plus I loved learning more about the characters and world.

      With any luck the next book should be filled with more action/ intriguing plot!

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