Renegades by Marissa Meyer – Book Review

Meyer, M - RenegadesThis book was the March choice for the Book Dragon Lair Book Club.


Okay, I’ll admit I adored this book. It’s not perfect for sure, but nothing is – and there were parts even I had to cringe a smidge at the cheesy superhero/villain dialogue but I feel like if you’re going to go into the superhero genre, you’ve got to go all in.

My advice for picking up this book:

If you already enjoy comic books/superheroes and know you don’t mind the tropes/dialogue then you will enjoy this for the fun read it is. P.S. Nova is totally a Batman (but less gritty).

If you’re not overly familiar or a big reader of comics/heroes etc, but enjoy YA then you will enjoy it if you go into it prepared for the odd cheesy superhero lines. But honestly, you need to go into it with an open mind and just with the intention of having a bit of a fun ride, but don’t expect a dark gritty twisted tale because this isn’t it, the darkest parts are at the start and they still have a metaphorical nightlight if you catch my meaning.

I did pretty much predict most of the main plot points but I don’t mind it if they’re good ones. I’m a firm believer that clichés are clichés for a reason and they just work with this concept. More than anything I just want them to adapt it into a beautiful graphic novel. That’s all I want. More than I want a sequel.

Minor spoliers ahead.

The love arc, whilst also totally foreordained didn’t actually feel forced and I think will lead to interesting places in future installments. I’m kind of hoping ‘Archenemies’ (the recently announced title) means it’s leading to where I want it too.

Admittedly, I wasn’t all for the big reveal because I was really rooting for Nova to get Ace’s helmet for herself and being all …

But oh well, maybe later on in the series.