In case you haven’t noticed yet, I recently had a Marissa-Meyer-A-Thon, in which I all of the books that I own by here. The last book I read as part of that is Renegades, the first book in her new trilogy. I picked this up at YALC last year, and it was mentioned in haul review.
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, and the idea that is presents. While this book is on the surface about superheroes, it delves into the ideas of uniformity of ideas and how much control a state should have over its residents.
Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did.
All of the characters in this book are well written and clearly have their own motivations, thought they align along two sides, the renegades who act as law enforcement and are trying to heal the country after a twenty year period known as the ‘Age of Anarchy’ and the anarchists who think that not all prodigies (people with superpowers) should be forced into agreeing with the renegades. Both sides of this argument make valid points, but the main issue between them is that neither listens to the other and they both make cartoon versions of the other’s arguments to vilify them. I think this book is a great analysis of media coverage and political discourse today.
The weapons may have supplied my livelihood, but those books … those were my life.
The characters themselves are funny and unique with dramatic personalities and horrific backstories that I find commedically exaggerated when think about them now, but make a lot of sense in the book. I do like though that not everyone in this world has suffered such tragedy, but that those who bad things happen to make sense to be the leaders of this story. I also appreciated the casual representation of a family with two dads as well as the normalisation of adoption. I look forward to reading books two and three soon.