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As champions of justice, the Renegades 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.
Publisher: New York :, Feiwel and Friends,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250044662
Characteristics: 556 pages


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This dystopian superhero series causes two protagonist to question which is more important: love or duty?

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May 24, 2019

Though I prefer the Lunar Chronicles, I was fascinated by Nova's world and enjoyed the dramatic irony.

Mar 22, 2019

I was expecting more from an author who had already written such a successful series and novel. However the book disappointed me. For me, the book is easily explained and summarized in a few sentences. The story and setting and background for the city, powers, and characters have so much potential to bring many good elements in the story, but it did not play out in a way that i enjoyed. Still, I finished this book and the second one. The second installment is better than this one, but not by much. I hope to see the best in the last book.

JessicaGma Jan 30, 2019

A really great take on who watches the watchers (or who polices super heroes) with a touch of dystopia thrown in for flavour. An excellent read, and I did not quite see that final twist, so I am ready for book #2.

Jan 25, 2019

Will leave rating this book to those who like comic book genres. There are many characters...found it hard to keep track of them all and their very adolescent names. Gave up after a couple of chapters.

Jan 08, 2019

Although it took me longer than usual to read this book, I actually really enjoyed it. It's a nice combination of X-Men meets Terminator kind of a post-apocalyptic story. I can't wait to get started on the 2nd book next month.

Dec 19, 2018

Each person is their own hero and villain of their story. While we all have judgements on who's wrong and who's right as readers, who are we to impose it on characters that feel differently for themselves. Our two protagonists have their sides of the story to share, that will leave the audience questioning who is in the right. In a world that glorifies superheroes, hides their flaws, and ostracizes villains, is this paradise? Or is it too far corrupt and gone to be saved? I personally cannot wait for the next book after this killer cliffhanger in this one. @Siri of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 13, 2018

I loved the Lunar Chronicles, and I really wanted to love this, because I think the superhero vs. villain premise of this is incredibly fun, but ultimately, while I did like it, I couldn't quite get to love, and here's why: THE VILLAINS' MOTIVATIONS MAKE NO SENSE. They are anarchists, and Meyer completely fails, for the entire book, to give any sort of comprehensible explanation for how, exactly, they think the world is going to be safer and better once it descends into complete chaos. (Having said that, this is actually a really fun read in all other regards and I'm totally going to read the sequel, which was recently released? I know, I don't understand me either -- I contain multitudes, etc. etc. etc.)

Nov 24, 2018

I really liked the way the characters and relationships were developed in this story. Also, I was intrigued by the romance subtly in this novel. However, ***ATTENTION! MAJOR SPOILERS!!!!*** I was confused on the ending, whether Ace is sill alive or not, the plot of the Detonators, etc. Hopefully the second book won't be so vague.

Nov 05, 2018

There was something about this book that I really liked which kept me reading it and I'm honestly not sure what it is, but I do know that I enjoyed the overall plot idea and fell in love with the characters. Unfortunately, nothing interesting really happens in the story, especially when it comes to development between characters (with the exception of Ingrid and Nova; if Marissa revisits their relationship in the next book I will be very happy because you can't move on from something like that without a word). Unlike what a few other people have mentioned in their comments, I don't think the pacing is too slow, it's just right at the point of being almost too slow but still managing to move forward with the story. When I finished, I remember thinking, "Wow... It's already the end? That's it? But nothing happened!" I will still read the next book, though, since I've had a positive experience Marissa Meyer's other books and I would like to see where she takes this story, its world, and its characters.

JCLJoshN Sep 25, 2018

I don't think it's easy to write a superhero story that both embraces what's fun and cool about superheroes while also deconstructing the genre, but Marissa Meyer pulls it off. It helps to make the central protagonists--both villains and heroes--interesting, likable, and with valid, understandable points of view. And having other characters--heroes and villains--be entirely unlikable, the kind of character you hope get taken down several pegs. It also helps to give all of the superheroes and supervillains colorful names and powers. All in all, Renegades is fun, thought-provoking, and it left me desperate to read the sequel immediately.

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Mar 08, 2019

Prodigies are people with powers, each one unique. Most are heroes, some are viewed differently. Nova is part of the anarchists; her parents died because the renegades didn't help; she wants to end the renegades and to do so she begins infiltrating them, but nothing is as simple as it seems.

Feb 14, 2018

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

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.


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Nov 14, 2018

"To be weak," Phobia rasped. "To be helpless."
Ingrid cast him a sideways look. "Excuse me?"
"That is his deepest fear," said Phobia, idly twirling the scythe blade overhead. "To be, in essence without power."
Honey huffed. "How fitting for a self-righteous Renegade"
"Perhaps," said Phobia, the hood of his cloak swaying with a slow nod. "And yet, a difficult fear to exploit against one who has been given so very much of it."

Feb 13, 2018

one cannot be brave who has no fear


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Apr 25, 2018

Sexual Content: There is a gay person in the very first chapter. I did not even finish reading it. I closed the book. That is grose.

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