Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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 the villains who have the power to end them both. – Goodreads

Let me start by saying … I loved The Lunar Chronicles and do enjoy Marissa Meyer’s writing. I was very excited for Renegades (even more excited that it was only $2.99 in the Kindle Store HOLLAHHH). I didn’t even read what Renegades was about, once I saw who authored the book.

I will now continue by saying…I did not enjoy Renegades very much. Perhaps I’m burnt out on the whole superheroes movement, but I simply did not get a sense of originality from the book. In fact, it just kind of reminded me of X-Men…except less exciting. Some concepts were new, but for the most part, it felt as if I’d seen it all before.

Prodegies are humans born with superhuman powers. Elemental manipulation, telekinesis, the ability to turn into a bunch of butterflies, the ability to control bees/wasps, the ability to make bombs with a though, etc. Nova can put people to sleep with a single touch and doesn’t need to sleep.

Nova is part of the Anarchists, a group of prodegies looking to wipe out the Renegades, who basically resemble law enforcement and are trying to govern the remains of a crumbled world. The Anarchists (back in the day) helped prodegies come out of hiding and give them rights. The Renegades took over. In the story, it reads as one big misunderstanding of who is good and who is evil, if there is such a thing as black and white good and evil.

Long story short, Nova becomes a Renegade to try and take down the Council.

There is little story arc or climax. It’s a constant stream of Nova and her patrol team conducting surveillance and Nova trying to find out secret intel on the Renegades. It’s very predictable, save for LITERALLY THE LAST PAGE. I’m trying to avoid giving out some details, because I’m not trying to summarize the book.

There’s a little bit of love, a little bit of fighty action. That’s about it. There’s a lot of weird emotions between Nova and how she feels about the Renegades — her family was murdered when she was young and the Renegades didn’t stop it in time — and I don’t know. It was messy and just…kind of boring.

Did not love, but will continue to read Meyer’s work.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

11235712About a year ago, I bought Cinder for a $1.99 and tried to read it. I didn’t get halfway through the first chapter before putting it down. The whole cyborg concept really threw me off and I just wasn’t into it.

If only I’d given it until Chapter Two—I would have been hooked. I gave Cinder a second chance last week and have since blown through Scarlet (book two) and Cress (book three). I cannot wait for the fourth book, Winter, to come out this year (can you believe this year is 2015?!).

The entire series is incredibly well-written and original. I’m not usually a science fiction fan, but this was superb. Told in multiple points-of-view, the storyline focuses on Cinder, a cyborg mechanic who discovers her mysterious past after a series of run-ins with Prince Kai, the plague, and an elderly royal doctor.

I love retold fairy tales, and this was no different. Meyer took classic fairy tales—Cinderella, Little Red13206760 Riding Hood, and Rapunzel—and spun them into science fiction. Cinder’s story is based off of Cinderella, if her name didn’t imply that already—she’s an adopted cyborg, complete with two stepsisters, a nasty stepmom, and a dirty job. She doesn’t need mice helpers—she has Iko, a little robot with a personality flaw that makes her more human than android.

Book two is named after a new character, Scarlet, who’s story falls along the lines of Little Red Riding Hood. Her grandmother is kidnapped, which leads her to Wolf, a streetfighter with an uncanny lupine resemblance.

Book three is named after Cress, who, with her long golden hair and satellite prison, is the story of Rapunzel.

13206828Each chapter switches between characters—Cinder, Prince Kai, Queen Levana (the evil queen), Cress, Scarlet, Wolf, Captain Thorne. This style usually annoys me and leaves me overwhelmed, but Meyer did it flawlessly, in a way that made the story mesh and flow, while enabling the reader to truly get to know each character. In fact, there wasn’t a single character that annoyed me—I loved that. All three girls are very independent and strong in their own respective ways, and though there was some instalove, it wasn’t that bad.

I highly recommend this series! 5/5 on Goodreads.

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