By Marissa Meyer
“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow night might be better.”
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Book 1 of 2
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: November 7, 2017
Take X-men, throw in Flash, and a dash of Arrow and mix all three together and you have created the Renegades.
Marissa Meyer has done it again, she has taken a well-know concept, applied pressure, and formed a pearl. She has burred the lines of what truly makes a Hero and what makes a Villain. Renegades is one of those books that makes people stop and think, is there really a different between a Hero and a Villain? Does the Villain’s really have different goals than a Superhero has, or are they all wanting the same thing in the end. Are they only being placed in separated categories because of a stereotype the public has chosen to believe?
The Renegades has brought about the age-old question, who do you root for the Hero or the Villain?
Marissa Meyer put so much detail into this book when it came to the costumes, superpowers, and the detailed workings of what goes on behind the scenes when the hero’s are not saving people. The superpowers were so different from I was use to seeing in heroes and villains.
“We were all villains in the beginning.”
Hundreds of years ago prodigies were people who had extraordinary powers. The “normal people” believed them to be witches, demons, freaks, and abominations. They were feared, tormented, and repressed, until the day that Ace Anarchy started a rebellion that fought for freedom of all prodigies. Every rebellion has it flaws of course. Soon after the rebellion started gangs began to rise to claim more power.
“All revolutions came with death. Some must die so that others might have life. It is a tragedy, but also the truth.“
The world became a battlefield with no help in sight, until a group of prodigies began to fight for good and justice. This group became known as the Renegades.
The story is told from two POV’s Nova Artino an Anarchists better known as Nightmare and Adrian Everheart Renegade known as Sketch. We get to see two very different people on different sides of the line that separates good from evil.
Nova HATES the Renegades and everything they stand for but this hate doesn’t come without reason. When Nova was six her parents and little sister were murdered. She believe that the Renegades would save her and her family. The Renegades never showed but she managed to save herself. Ever since that horrible day, Nova has been unable to sleep. Her insomnia is part of her superpower.
“So long as there is heroes in this world, there’s hope tomorrow might be better.”
Nova wants that the Council of Renegades to be destroyed. Believes they are trying to control the people and are allowing the people to become dependent on the “Heroes” to save them. She wants the people to be free and fight for their life and the choices that should be their right to make not the council. She believes that the Council is nothing but a failed experiment.
“Heroism wasn’t about what they could do it was about what you did. It was about who you saved when they needed saving.”
Adrian Everheart (AKA Sketch) is the adopted child of Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden, two of the original Renegades — after his mother was murdered. He’s powers are bringing this artwork to life. He can draw a teacup or a bomb and make them become real. He is a Renegade who fights for justice and good. Adrian though is struggling to hold on to the same believes of the other Renegades, and the rules that now surround the operation of the Renegades. He believes the council has lost sight of the real reasons behind what the heroes are meant to do.
“Adrian couldn’t help feel like that’d lost sight of the entire point.”
They were forgetting the point.
They were forgetting what they were.
Not celebrities. Not politicians.
The secondary characters in this book made this story truly great. My two favorites were perhaps Smokescreen and The Puppeteer. Smokescreen also known as Oscar was a brilliant character. He wasn’t portrayed as a “normal” hero because he wasn’t prefect. He has a bone disease that makes him limp and uses a cane. This doesn’t stop him from being a hero who is more than enough to save people.
” Your days of villainy are over Nightmare.” -Smokescreen
“You sound like you read to many comic books.”- Nova
“You sound like that is a bad thing.”
The Puppeteer had the eerily way of talking that made me laugh so hard that I cried. He reminded so much of the Joker and the reason why I usually root for the bad guys!
“Doesn’t anyone want to play with me?”
Claims his power can turn others into puppets for him to control but seems to go after mostly children.
“After all these years, she still wasn’t sure if his powers only worked on children, or if he just preferred them because a mindless, rabid four-year-old was so damned creepy.”
I truly loved this book because it was so much fun. I had only one flaw I guess the plot twist at the end but I was shocked at how it was executed. It was jaw-dropping!
I would recommend this book a thousand times over! I can’t wait for the next book. Why does it have to be so far off.
Rating: 4.8 but rounding to a 5.0
Would you be a Renegade or an Anarchist?
What superpower would you want?
Let me know in the comments below!