Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

[Review] Renegades by Marissa Meyer + Giveaway!

 

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Nov 7, 2017)
Series: Renegades #1

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Blurb:
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’d like to thank Macmillan USA International and Pansing Singapore for sending me an ARC of Renegades for review.

Rating 4

For someone who really enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles and who would hold the series really close to his heart, I was quite disappointed that Heartless wasn’t as enjoyable for me when I read it last year.

Therefore, for some reason, I thought Marissa Meyer’s Renegades would be something that I would find myself enjoying since the premise of the book sounded amazing. Heck, it kind of reminded me of The Incredibles—which I loved when I was a child—and I was so excited to read it when I received an ARC.

BUT.

I hate this part, guys. I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. Gasp, shocking, isn’t it? Was it due to my high expectations from Marissa Meyer to deliver another winner like The Lunar Chronicles that influenced my overall opinion of Renegades? Yes. I admit that it is one of the reasons why.

“Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did.”

For me, I absolutely loved her previous books—particularly The Lunar Chronicles—because Marissa Meyer is an exceptional storyteller and her writing style fits the genre of the books she’s written.

But for Renegades, I felt like there were a lot of slow-paced moments in the book, especially halfway through the book. I thought it really hindered my enjoyment of the book as I had to force myself to slog through the middle part of Renegades.

Now that we’ve got past that, let’s talk about the characters, which were quite interesting to me. I really liked reading Adrian/Sketch’s chapters because I thought he was a lovable little cinnamon roll who just need to be cuddled at all times. I liked that he’s constantly trying to prove his worth, to show people who doubt him that he’s worthy of being a Renegade because of his powers and not because he’s the adopted son of two of the Renegade founders.

“All revolutions come with death. Some must die so that others might have life. It’s a tragedy, but it is also a truth.”

On the other hand, we have Nova, the female protagonist who absolutely loathes the Renegades after what happened to her family and she’s an Anarchist, through and through, since she’s been taken under the wing of her uncle, Ace Anarchy, who was the leader of the Anarchists. But one thing I really didn’t like about her was her ability. Of all the abilities, Marissa Meyer. Why?

However, in a way, I did like that Marissa Meyer didn’t give Nova a more.. “useful” ability. I guess it shows that you don’t need to have powers and abilities to be a hero and you could always hone your skills or rely on your brains and wits instead of your abilities. (If you’ve read Renegades and you want to talk about the characters’ abilities, buzz me!)

As much as it sounds like an action-packed story, Renegades is actually quite a character-driven story where it focused a lot on character growth and the development between Adrian and Nova’s relationship.

Aside from the pair, I did like the secondary characters, I found them and their abilities quite interesting and not very conventional, though I would like to see where Marissa Meyer will go with Max’s abilities. Also, brownie points to Marissa Meyer for once again, including a diverse cast of characters. Read: gay dads!

RenegadesRenegades by Marissa Meyer also explores the idea of good versus evil, where being good doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not evil.

Hence, the grey areas in which Nova finds herself in when she masks as a Renegade to infiltrate their HQ. Especially when she realizes that being a Renegade and an Anarchist is not as clear-cut as she had originally expected.

I found that this really added depth to Nova’s characterisation and it proves that her actions and decisions are often second-guessed and nuanced.

Like I’ve mentioned, the plot does lose its way halfway through the book as there are one too many chapters where there’s more telling and less doing. Which is fine, if you’re a fan of books that are character-driven but I would have appreciated more action.

What I would love to see in the sequel? More exploration of the characters’ abilities and probably an evolution of Nova’s powers? Because come on, she has to have something more to her abilities, right? Another thing I’d like featured in the sequel is more exploration of the history of Gatlon and the Age of Anarchy!

As promised, here’s a chance to win a UK ARC of Renegades, courtesy of Pansing Malaysia. All you have to do is comment below and tell me what would your ideal superpower be!

Giveaway is open to Malaysian readers only — Sorry, guys! Shipping costs an arm. The winner will be picked on Nov 16, 2017! Good luck!

kevin

27 thoughts on “[Review] Renegades by Marissa Meyer + Giveaway!”

  1. Well sound like a good book for me haha since I love character development in books. And to answer your questions, I’d say I would want the power to fill up something by will. Think about it. Your bank is empty from spending money on books that we don’t need? Bam I can fill up my bank account. Thirsty after an adventure at book stores/fair/sale and have finished your water supply(I can finish a 1L of water thanks to bbw), BAM! Your empty bottle of water is filled again thanks to your power. And my favourite is when you’re in line and the person in front of you is being annoying(you know those ppl that likes to make a fuss at counters and menyusahkan ppl), Bam! Their bladder is full and they have to go to the toilet. And so yes that pretty much justify why I would want the power to fill anything by will haha

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  2. I’m a uni student with a busy schedule, and even more so, considering I am in my final year now. This year hasn’t been a good reading year for me since I hardly got time for pleasure reading anymore. A total bummer! :( And that is why, my idea of a dream superpower is to freeze time. So that I can use the time while everybody’s frozen to read to my heart’s content – without having to worry about deadlines and responsibilities! And only return to reality once I finish a book or two. Sounds bookishly wicked, huh? 😂😂

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  3. First of all! Thanks for the give away Kev!

    My superpower will be speeding (exp: superhero, The Flash). I want to travel around the world and go to any types of bookstores from different countries. FranceWell, atleast I can speed through the immigration or not buying any flight tickets cause it costs a bomb. =P

    On a second thought, this super power might be useful for the upcoming BBW event. It will help me to get my ideal books just by a lighting speed! Of course getting books for BBM members is a great idea too =)

    The next time I meet you at BBW, let’s take a selfie pls!

    See you there!

    Brenda, BBM

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  4. My superpower would be the power of deduction like Sherlock Holmes. That way, I’d be able to crack codes and help people seek justice if need be, like in areas of solving a police case or finding a missing person(s). If I have this superpower of deduction, I’d like to be able to solve the MH370 mystery and bring back all passengers and crew to safety. Having the power of deduction also enables me to gauge a person’s feelings and preference and make his or her day a special, happy and meaningful day. I’d do my best to make each and every worthwhile person happy especially my parents and all my friends.

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  5. The lunar chronicles are love 😍 am hoping to get this ARC because you will never know a good book until you read it. I would like to have an ability to teleport myself anywhere, anytime so countless visit to bookstores won’t be a burden. I love ❤️ your blog .

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  6. My ideal superpower would be cryokinesis or ability to manipulate ice or cold just like Killer Frost from The Flash. I find that ability will come in handy when I am in need of cold water and the water is warm. Besides, Malaysia is warm too so I might be useful to have a little cold in warm weather haha.
    By the way, thanks for the chance to win an ARC!

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  7. I think this is the first early review of this one I’ve seen. I skipped Heartless because of the mixed reviews, but this one seems like it might be more my thing. That being said, pacing seems like an issue for this one and the telling rather than showing type of writing has me reconsidering. Will have to check this one out from the library when I get a chance. Thank you for the honest review!

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    1. Please do check it out when you have the chance. Maybe I might even reread it because I feel like I really need to immerse myself into the story. I didn’t feel that attached to the story the first time around because I was busy with work and assignments so maybe I should consider rereading!

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  8. Kevin, your review is so interesting!! Hmm, I prefer books that has more action but I would like to give this a try. My ideal superpower will be either telekinesis or levitation! Thank you so much for the chance for this giveaway 😉

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  9. What a review! And thank you Kevin for the giveaway 💕
    My ideal superpower would be persuasion. The power to make people do what I want just by talking to them. No need the use of energy. Let’s say if I want something or anything (or even someone 😜) I’ll just use my power and BAM! I can have everything 😂 I can be an amazing spy with that power too lol.
    But of course I’ll use my power to help people in need. You need time to finish your assignments? I’ll talk to your lecturer. You need a raise? I’ll give a word to your employer. You hate someone? I’ll make sure they dance like a monkey in public 😂😂

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  10. hiiii kev! thanks for the giveaway, Renegades sounds great and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
    my ideal superpower would be creating illusions(?) just like adelina from the young elites series and kali from stranger things because it’s just so cool hehe

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  11. Hey Kevin ☺️ Marissa Meyer is an amazing writer but you’re kinda right about the Heartless. The book does not give me the pleasure as other Marissa Meyer’s books so i was pretty disapppointed ((love the coverr tho, it’s so prettyyyy)). Back to your question, I would really love to have teleportation power. With this power I can go anywhere that my heart contents without worrying about the cost of travel and time ((journey back and forth the place)). Reading minds would be an awesome power too but in my opinion, I dont think I can handle the pressure tho. It would be better to live stress-free without having to worry about people’s opinion on yourself/others.

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  12. My ideal superpower will be to be invisible because then I can steal books and it’s always a dream! 😂 now you know if the books in the bookstore are missing, you know who did that! 😳 but thank you for an awesome chance to win a copy of this book! 😋

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  13. My ideal superpower would be IMMORTALITY !! I could live forever and be the oldest person on earth. Young fools would flock to me seeking wisdom and guidance , they’d probably believe anything I said. I would also have no need for a bucket list because I’d have the rest of eternity to have fun. For example? I could all the books on EARTH 💓

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  14. Your review is always helpful! Heartless was heart-breaking for me, in a good way. I loved it. Been eyeing Renegades a few times whenever I went to bookstores but still haven’t bought it yet.

    Still I wanna give this a try. My ideal super power would be mind-reading like Professor X, I guess. I don’t think I’ll have the heart to manipulate people but being able to read people’s mind would be enlightening. I can understand people better, instead of jumping to conclusions or making assumptions, you know. Just like how I read books, I get to be someone else, put my feet in someone else’s shoes. Makes me think a lot about other people’s circumstances and what not. Now I’m just rambling. Sorry Kevin! I hope it’s my luck this time. Love your blog!

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  15. my ideal superpower is controlling time example like making time slow down or making it speed up or just freeze time. Because 24 hours in a day is not enough for me to do all my reading!

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  16. My ideal superpower… I guess I would have liked mind-control. Why? Well, it’s the obvious where I can use it especially during peak hours in traffic jams LOL! I can’t help it as being Malaysian, in KL, having to be stuck in unnecessary traffic jams for hours really sucks! I can just control those drivers mind’s to move away or drive faster or get lost LOL!

    Anyway, kudos for the great review and thank you for having this giveaway!

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  17. My ideal superpower would be teleportation considering how I’m working in a different town from my hometown. I just can’t seem to catch a break and get transferred back.

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