Renegades | 4 star review

Renegades | 4 star reviewRenegades by Marissa Meyer
four-stars
Series: Renegades #1
Genres: YA
Published by Feiwel & Friends

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies ā€” humans with extraordinary abilities ā€” 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 ā€” and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

I picked up Renegades because I loved The Lunar Chronicles and I was really excited to try something new, and it didn’t disappoint the characters and world were rich and well developed. I loved the politics that were wound all the way through the story, it’s always my favourite when there’s politics that are seamlessly integrated into the story and shape the characters and their lives. Plus this had a government that may not be perfect but it wasn’t based on a family member wanting to destroy their “evil” parents. Obviously someone wants to destroy them but the dynamic is interesting and different. 

I think the best bit about Renegades was the fact that there were so many different abilities and how they all fit into society and how they work together towards different goals. The way they are all categorised and what that means, especially as they’re not all seen as having the same level of usefulness and are judged as such. I also think the characters all the way through were well developed and well written. I think the villains were definitely my favourite, which I suppose is contrary to what you should be feeling and who you should be drawn to, but who wants to be normal anyway?

The one reason why this book didn’t get the full 5 star would be the fact that the pacing of this book is extremely slow. I thought the things that actually happened were very few and far between and I believe the whole novel takes place over a couple of days or weeks. I can’t make my mind up whether the pacing was too fast or too slow. I think the best way to describe it is the events that actually happened in the time frame was really fast-paced but reading it actually felt really slow paced. Weird I know. 

I do have to say that I loved this concept of good and evil in this book because at face value it seems to be very black and white but as you get further into the book you start to question motives and the ideas behind them. Which is one of my favourite in a book because I love having my ideas challenged in a way that leaves me thinking about it. So Renegades definitely gets my vote in that regard and I’m still thinking about it now, so definitely a good book for that!

I would definitely recommend Renegades. I really enjoyed the story as well as the added bonus of making me think! You should check it out if you enjoyed Vicious by V.E Schwab! One of my favourites!

Let me know if you have read Renegades and what you thought. Did it make you think about the good and evil? I wanna know!

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