My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”
I have loved all of Marissa Meyer books, except for Heartless which I wasn’t a fan of; when I saw she was releasing a new series about superheroes, I knew I had to get my hands on it asap. And what do you know, another book, soon to be series by Marissa Meyer that I love and will reread time and time again. This woman is killing it in the YA Fantasy genre, and I cannot wait to see what else she comes up with in the future.
In a time when society has fallen, crime is on happening at an astounding rate, where gangs rule and everyday citizens live in constant fear, a group of humans with extraordinary abilities rise up from the rubble and establish order within the chaos. With time, they will become known as the Renegades, a syndicate of prodigies- the leaders, and heroes of this now fallen world.
But not all are thankful for these prodigies and how they have chosen lead and rule after the fall of the former governments and leaders.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, in fact so do all the Anarchists and nothing will stand in their way from tearing down these lovable heroes, even if it means their most valuable asset has to become one of them.
“What exactly are we looking for?
Villains, doing villainous things.”
I really enjoyed the writing. There is something about the way Marissa Meyer can draw you into a book and reveal things at just the right time that make her stories so captivating and exhilarating to read. Not only is this a fast-paced, captivating story but she writes her characters with heaps of dimension and really brings them to life. I mean who could forget Cinder or Levana from the Lunar Chronicles? Although its YA, I believe even younger kids would get a kick out of her books and I cannot wait to someday share these stories with my own children.
Part of what makes her characters so great, especially in this novel is that they are so loveable, even when doing questionable things. Not everything is black and white, but grey, even when it comes to her characters. Nova is a great example of this: she is meant to be the bad guy, the villain and yet I cannot help but root for her throughout this entire novel. Knowing why she is ‘a villain’ helps the reader understand her and her actions a lot more. Like seriously, that first scene? talk about INTENSE.
I was hoping for a little more of that intensity throughout,(yes, im a bit weird and like that shit) but im in no way disappointed in this book or the direction Marissa Meyer took from that point on.
THE SUPERHEROS/VILLANS AND THEIR SUPERPOWERS ARE AMAZING!
(this coming from someone who isn’t THAT into superheroes/villains stuff)
Overall, this book is everything I thought it would be and more. The characters, the world, the powers, the pacing and captivating storyline is everything I want in a good book. The only shit side is that I have to wait for the next book and I honestly dont want to but have no choice, obviously. The only part about reading a new book or series that ultimately sucks. Another favorite to add to the list!
“Where would I go?”
“Anywhere you like. That’s the beauty of freedom.”
Recommended for: YA/Fantasy/SciFi