Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
(Renegades #1)
Hardcover, 556 pages
Published November 7th, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

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.

My thoughts…

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. This was fun to read. I went into it not knowing anything about the story itself, and I was so pleasantly surprised.

The story is centered on the dynamics between Renegades and Anarchists. The Anarchists are the villains in this story, and they are trying to change things for all prodigies and fight their oppressors. The Renegades are resisting that change and their only goal seems to be stopping the villains from reaching their goal.

Renegades is set in a world where people rely on superheroes. Nova (Nightmare & Insomnia) was raised to believe in the Renegades and to trust in the hope and protection that they provide. That all changed the night her parents and young sister are murdered, no one came to save her or her family. Since then she has had only one mission: to get vengeance for her family.

Adrian (Sketch & the Sentinel) is trying to capture Nightmare to get information about his mother’s death. Obviously, Nova and Adrian’s lives intertwine and a lot of events ensue. There is a slight romance in the story, it’s a slow burn, and even by the ending, romantic feelings are only just developing. I really want to root for the characters to be together. With them both having secret identities and not telling each other, things could only get complicated.

“It's a terrible shame he's a Renegade, isn't it? Otherwise, you could have asked him to stay for dinner.”
― Marissa Meyer, Renegades

Renegades was action packed and I enjoyed the powers that the other characters had. Sometimes the dialogue or situations (no one figured out that Adrian was the Sentinel and that Nova was Nightmare) got a little cheesy, but I really enjoyed it and plan to read the rest of the trilogy. I would absolutely recommend this to those interested in superheroes and supervillains.

“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there's hope that tomorrow night might be better.”
― Marissa Meyer, Renegades


  1. I just found out the other day that this was a superhero book which has put this book on my wish list. I am so glad to know that you enjoyed it, Jovita! I am going to have to give this one a try!

    1. Yes, I'm surprise I liked this book as much as I have. I don't really read many books at superheros. I do hope you enjoy Carole when get to it.