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From number one New York Times best-selling author Marissa Meyer comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal. This new audiobook will pull listeners in and never let them go....
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.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 58 minutes|
|Narrator||Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 07 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #21,164 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#545 in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Teens
Reviewed in Canada on August 18, 2020
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When I first saw promos, I wasn’t sure. Honestly, it was a pre-order bonus that got me to purchase. I feel silly now for not trusting that Marissa Meyer would deliver. I have gotten into superheroes in my adult life more and more. I grew up on the Dean Cain Superman, watched X-Men cartoons and Batman:The Animated Series, but it is the recent stuff that gets me. Especially the blurring of the lines of villain and hero. Renegades has this in spades. The novel follows Nova, a supposed villain, and Aiden, a supposed hero, with shifting viewpoints to help give us insight. We read about why the villains do what they do and the questions heroes have. We see the world run by superheroes and are forced to ask questions about our own society. Would the world be better with superpowers?
Meyer creates believable characters and kept me hooked as I followed the journey of these two teens. Nova is exactly the kind of female character Meyer is best at. She kicks butt and is driven while still caring deeply about those around her. She wants to make the world better. But she isn’t perfect. Aiden is a perfect balance. He too wants a better world but he has different thoughts of how to achieve it.
I can’t wait for the next book!
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The story contained every trope that you can think of that you associate with these kind of stories - from tragic origin stories to villainous monologues to spandex costumes and domino masks. While it was amusing as times, as a fan of comic books, I did find this to be a bit tiresome as these elements are hardly original. I also found the two factions to be a bit too clear cut. While the novel tries to build moral ambiguity, this is undermined by the fact that the Anarchists actively refer to themselves as villains and are proud of their kills. This is incredibly hard to justify.
The novel was also far longer than it needed to be. At close to 600 pages, there was a lot of expository dialogue and repetition of ideas, which felt clumsy and really should have been edited down. The climax of the novel was also a bit underwhelming. After a few fairly obvious twists, the story didn't really build up to much until its final 10%, ending with a couple of shoehorned in "reveals" to tie into the sequel. This unfortunately left the book feeling a bit weak on its own, as it was not a complete novel in its own right.
However, I never thought the book was boring. Despite my gripes, it really was carried by its characters. While some of the heroes were very much shades of better know superheroes (Captain Chromium as Captain America, Thunderbird as Hawk Girl etc), it was interesting to see them all interact and some of the powers were creative. I really liked Monarch and her ability to become a swarm of butterflies in particular. My only real issue was that the character list at the front of the books revealed a lot of the powers and secret identities of the characters, and I would have preferred that these were left as surprises.
The protagonists of the novel were very strong. While the story had a large, diverse and very memorable cast, Nova and Adrian are the characters that truly stand out. They are both confident and well-rounded characters who both embody very different view points. Their often-conflicting motivation is clear and always seems very understandable. While their attraction was a bit too instantaneous for my liking, I did like seeing how both of their opinions changed over the course of the novel - Adrian starting to understand the Anarchists a little better while Nova grew conflicted with her loyalties between the two factions.
All in all, it was a bit of a mixed bag. While unoriginal and overly long, it did contain some great characterisation. I am mildly curious to see how this series will conclude.
Okay so I will admit that it places it’s probably not 5 star material and I’d have liked to have seen more about nova’s politics and her discussing that with any of the Renegades. Her and Adrian discussing that was really interesting for me. As was the well meaning but sinister undertones of all things to do with the council, I’m looking forward to getting more of that in the next book.
And that cliffhanger! Oh my gosh. Haha.
But when it comes down to it, I really enjoyed this. It’s an easy and quick read full of fun. And I will always love a story about a person outsmarting others, especially those of “greater ability”
I’m in a post book haze so haven’t processed all the things i love about this book yet, but yes, the ending, i was starting to feel like just maybe, just maybe, and then i was like yes exactly!
And also I love a good team/ friendship/banter/sarcasm book. It’s a favourite of mine, always makes for lovely reading.
Anyway yes, lovely
However, I know it might seem petty to some but I really wanted to edition/cover art shown here so it matched the archenemies (book 2) which I received also from Amazon after chatting with Amazon they seemed liked understood what I wanted but when I received the replacement it was the same 'wrong' cover I got the first time around so just a bit annoying.. I will probably go straight to a book shop now to find the one I want