Series: Renegades #1
Published by: Macmillan on April 5, 2018
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Superheroes, Young Adult
Source: ARC From Publisher
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.
I loved this book!!!
I’m really thrilled because Heartless wasn’t my favourite. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. But Renegades??? YES! AWESOME!
- The world building – It was very X-Men-esque. It was described very well and I feel like I got a good grasp of the history without it being too overwhelming.
- How we got to see two different sides – the Renegades and the Anarchists. They’re painted as “good” and “evil”. But I love how the book really blurs the lines and you start to wonder if the Renegades are really good and if the Anarchists are really evil. It becomes very clear that both groups have both good and evil in them (or at least good intentions that end up having bad results).
- The main character, Nova – Nova is kind of a villain and it was awesome to read from her point of view. This largely ties into the previous point because she starts to see a different side to her enemies. I also loved how she didn’t use her powers as a crutch and she really believed people could be heroes without them.
- The whole book was fast-paced and interesting – It’s a LONG book (over 500 pages), but it was never boring. Something was always happening and every part of the book felt important.
- The ending – WHAT WHAT WHAT!? I totally didn’t see it coming, even if it seemed obvious in hindsight. I’m so pumped for the next book!!
The action, pacing, and good vs evil aspects of Renegades definitely had some similarities to The Lunar Chronicles. The stories are very different, but there’s a similar vibe and I think you can really tell they’re by the same author. If you love that series then Renegades is definitely worth a read!