Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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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.

Okay, you may see the three crowns at the top of this review, but I promise, it’s okay. No, really, it’s okay, because Meyer is still queen and my favorite author and a total genius. I’m okay, this book is okay, and everything is okay?? But I mean, I think that’s the problem – everything was okay? And I kind of wanted it to be more, but no, really, I’m totally not freaking out that this was my most anticipated book of 2017 by the queen and I wasn’t fully in love-forever fangirl mode with five billion crowns and a full princess train and met my new Cresswell ship. But it’s okay, really. I’m handling it. Know what’s not okay? My overuse of that word and “really” so I’m going to stop.

Don’t get me wrong – Meyer is still queen. Her writing will never stop being amazing. Her voice, her ease, her flow. Everything about her writing is superb, and this book is no different. If you have never read any of her previous books, trust me, you’re always going to get amazing writing, which this was. I love the wit she infuses in it, too. There were a few times that I actually laughed out loud because of little side comments she added in. The only thing I noticed that was different than her previous book with her writing in this one was the pacing.

The pacing was so slow, and it kind of drove me insane. This book is big. I mean, it’s really big. 540+ pages. That’s a lot for anyone to read, but when the pacing is really focused a lot on character development, it just seems to drag on and on. There is a lot of necessary information for the characters and the plot happening, but to me, I just wanted it to go a lot faster. Maybe I was just too eager to devour all of Meyer’s work whole and it caused me that issue? I will admit I began skimming at parts, which killed me, but I couldn’t deal.

The characters were interesting. In previous books, Meyer pays so much attention to her characters and developing them. Nova was easily my favorite. I really enjoyed her. She was funny, witty, and I loved how she was a villain. She definitely had some complex motivations, but I understood her so easily. She was the one I most sympathized with, and I will admit I kind of just wanted to skip Adrian’s parts sometimes because I wanted to bask in Nova’s storyline and her head. She was fun, and I can’t wait to go back to her story and characterization.

The rest of the characters were just kind of…eh to me? I mean, I liked a few, but I never really fell in love. There were a lotttttttttt of characters – superheroes and villains – and I really got lost on all of the superheroes. I’m still not sure who is who with Adrian’s dads. There were just so many characters, and truthfully, I was far more partial to the villains. I loveddddd the villains. They were complex and fun and just so unapologetic. I was dying to see more of them, and truthfully, had this book featured more of them, it would have a lot higher rating for me, because this is where Meyer shone for me. Gosh, they were brilliant.

The plot was interesting as well. I feel like it really, really picked up at the end. I loved the beginning and middle parts, but I did kind of die out in the middle. Again, it paid so much attention to the characters and the slower pacing, I kind of got a little bored. I will say that I do believe the second one is going to be a lot more interesting especially with the big things that happened at the end. Yes, it might have felt a bit cliche at parts, but I think Meyer did well with an overused plot. It still felt quite fresh and new.

I think I would cry if Meyer ever did Beauty and the Beast. *already crying now thinking about it*

The last part I loved was the worldddddddddddddddddddddd. Omigosh, Meyer knows how to build a world, and she does it well. I never got confused or bored or wondered what the hell was supposed to be going on. She simplified a world that was bursting with life and complexity and made it so interesting. Meyer knows how to create a wonderful world, and this book had one, for sure.

So, yes, I’m disappointed with how it turned out because of the slow pacing and no real love of the characters, but honestly, I really am okay with it. This was a solid beginning to Meyer’s series, and I mean, I didn’t hate it. It still had some totally amazing parts, and I am quite eager to get back to this world and the plot. Was it Meyer’s greatest work? No, not at all, but it was still a good read. I think I’m at that final stage of acceptance?? 3 crowns and a Belle rating!


37 thoughts on “Renegades by Marissa Meyer

    1. Oh nooooo! I don’t want to scare you. Just know that it’s going to be a slower pace, and I really hope you enjoy it so much more. I’m super intrigued to see what you’re going to end up thinking of this. *crossing my fingers that you end up really liking it*

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  1. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy it that much. I agree I loved the world-building that went into this so much! The costumes were described with so much details. I can’t wait to see where this world and that ending goes in the next book. Also I love your review.

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    1. Yesssssss. I super agree! The world building and costumes and that ending were amazingggg. Can’t wait to see where she goes with it and what she does with that second story. 😀 And thanks so much, Steph! 🙂

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  2. I’m about halfway through this and I’m enjoying it so far, but I agree that it’s not the best of Marissa’s books (for me, that’d be Winter). I do love Nova and I like Adrian (kinda starting to ship it, maybe).
    Great review Mandy; hope you find yourself another Cresswell soon.

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    1. Yes! I agree! Not the best but it was still pretty enjoyable. And yesssss Nova was amazing. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it so far!
      And lol I’m not sure it’s possible, but we will have to try it, Clara? 😉

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  3. I’m only about 150 pages in and I’m feeling a little bit the same. The pace just feels off. She puts so much care into the world and plot building and it’s dragging a bit. But the characters and the world is great and I’m still enjoying it. I just kind of figured after that first chapter that the pace would take off like a rocket the whole way through. The almost 600 pages is playing mind games with me too I think …..

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    1. Yesssss! I think she paid a bit more attention to everything else that the pace and action just kind of died. That first chapter really made me think it was going to be quite fast. But it is still enjoyable. And yessssss. That page number was quite overwhelming too.

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      1. Ohhhhh you have no idea how happy it makes me to hear this. I’m seeing so many 5 star reviews and it’s just not doing it for me so far. I like it, and I wouldn’t consider giving up on it, but it’s not a wow just yet

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  4. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I was scared of this…………………………………………………………………………..
    I’m glad Meyer’s Queenliness is still intact but I was really hoping we were both going to love and just die of feels over this book (I, having yet to read it)
    Alas things just don’t always go as planned I see. *sigh*
    I’m still glad you enjoyed it though Mandy and this really was a great review!
    I guess it was really tough being just bombarded with all these characters in one book whereas in TLC she did it gradually.
    Characters are so important to me tho! I hope I find more than one fave >.<
    But I am super excited to jump into this new world, it sounds epic and with a whole lot of super hero buzz in the atmosphere these days I am ready to dive in!

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    1. Yessssssssssssss, Rendz. I 100% feel like you’re going to love Nova, and I think you’ll like Nova and some of the minor characters. I think you make such a good point about how she did them gradually in the other books but in this book, they were all kind of just pushed right at us all at one time. But I think you will enjoy it. Just know slower pacing and lots of characters, and I think you will be far more prepared and enjoy it even more. But the world is amazinggggggggg, and you’re going to cryyyyy BECAUSE IT IS SO GOOD. MEYER RUINS US WITH ANOTHER WORLD.
      And omigosh, yesssssssssssssssssssss. *dying for potential more Cresswell moments*

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      1. OMG I’M GOING TO CRY????????????
        I’M SO READY FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      2. The ending was pretty good. And Nova was brilliant. YOU ARE GOING TO GET YOUR MEYER JAM ON IT AND IT WILL BE GOOOOOOD. But there really is no actual sad tears but like, this world is amazing tears.

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  5. Great review!!! I suuuper agree that this book’s pacing was slow and the whole thing overall was a bit too long! I think it’s because the pacing of the Lunar Chronicles was always fast and concise, so the pacing is kind of off putting in this one. I liked the characters but I think there is still a lot of room for them to grow….hopefully the next book picks up a bit!! Overall though I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Steph! I SUPER agree. I think you summed it up so much neater than what I did. XD But it makes so much more sense about the pacing. I think I was expecting The Lunar Chronicles pacing but it was so mcuh slower. And agreement about the room to grow. But I really think it will! It sounds like you enjoyed it too far the most part??

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      1. I did! Though I think it’s a bit more on my part taking into account the fact that I’m not really into super hero narratives…but I wanted to give this a try and I’m glad I did!

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  6. Interesting. I had no interest in reading it at first, but my library got an audio book so I’ll get to it eventually when I’m not drowning in review copies and my reading habits are plenty of “SQUIRREL!” moments lol. Great review

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  7. I swear I commented on this already but apparently not? I’m so confused. Anyway, so sad that it wasn’t as great as you wanted it to be! I totally think I forgot to mention it in my review, but man, I did love those villains! I totally agree with you, they were really great and nuanced. Unlike you though, I’m partial to Adrian over Nova. Sorry? His powers are just so cool though! I definitely felt the pacing issues at times, but I also think it might be a little the fault of the genre for you? Since I’m pretty sure you’re not generally a comic book/superhero person? Correct me if I’m wrong. That was my only thought when reading it, considering if the reader wasn’t a fan of superheroes would they still like this book? That’s tough to answer.

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    1. Ahahaa oh no, Kyera! Maybe it disappeared into the WordPress oblivion?? And those villains were amazinggggggggggg. So much love for them. But interestingggggg, Kyera. I could see it. He was super sweet and his powers were epic. But you know, Kyera, that actually makes quite a bit of sense. I couldn’t figure out quite what went off with it, but I think that actually could be it. I don’t read comics and I used to get into the superhero hype but not too much. I think I didn’t love it as much because I wasn’t as deeply connected with it. OMIGOSH, KYERA, STOP BEING SO SMART AND FIGURING THINGS OUT.

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      1. Ahahaha I have informed you before that I am the white bearded sagely wizard in quests. I know all the things but I am infuriatingly vague most of the time, although I make sure the heroes complete their quest with minor casualties!

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