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I enjoyed this second instalment, though I do think I preferred the first one. As I said then and will say again, I’m a sucker for an origin story. Nova’s personal development in this book from questioning her entire belief system; to defining who is an enemy to who is a friend; to discovering the boundaries of her own moral compass is really great.
Adrian continued to blur his own lines between right and wrong and Max got even more awesome. I disliked how it ended and think it’s high time Nova was discovered – purely because the drama is going to be so huge – but I suppose the good news is her ruse really doesn’t have much time left at all if the ending can be depended on.
Captain Chromium & the Dread Warden might just be my favourite gay parents ever. Screw questionable political agendas, I want them to adopt me. I was also really pleased with the representation in this book as we get a closer look at how they actually parent their kids and – thank, the lord – we managed it without conforming to sexuality-based stereotypes – whoop, YA books. I really appreciated that.
I think any scene with Frostbite and her cronies is infuriating but I will warn any sensitive readers (even if comic book fights don’t bother you) that we get some rather graphic torture description that made me uncomfortable at the time.
I’m looking forward to the next one, I really have no idea what kind of resolution I want out of all this. Redemption arcs are finite, after all. I only hope Meyer sticks to her word and doesn’t spin a fourth 600-page book out of the series.
But for real – where the bleep is my Renegades Graphic Novel? Do we have people on that yet??