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.
Renegades is a new novel by Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless. The Lunar Chronicles is a sci-fi fairytale retelling of many different fairytales, set in the future, and Heartless is a re-imagining of the story of the Queen of Hearts. While The Lunar Chronicles mainly features out heroes, Heartless tracks the development of it’s villain. So Meyer has experience writing both heroes and villains, but with Renegades she explores more of the mechanics of both.
Meyer writes Renegades from an interesting perspective. We follow the main character, Nova, who is loyal to the Anarchists. As part of that and her ultimate-revenge plan, she infiltrates the Renegades and pretends to be one of them. Her duality allows for the reader and for Meyer to explore both the Anarchists and the Renegades. Through this exploration we begin to peel back the layers – Renegades aren’t as good as they make themselves to seem, and not all Anarchist’s are evil. It truly is a discussion on what makes you ‘good’ and what makes you ‘bad’ and a lot of that owes to circumstance. While the bad actions cannot be excused, we learn to sympathise with our characters and the hands they have been dealt.
I was asked where I would line myself: would I want to be a Renegade, or an Anarchist? And for me, there’s no clear answer. While I don’t like the destruction and death of the Anarchist’s I appreciate their need for wanting to express their freedom, that they shouldn’t be persecuted for who they are. However, I drift away at them crushing constitutions and institutions without regard for everyone else: the Anarchists soon began to drift from wanting equality to then wanting dominance. Then there are the Renegades: they look good on the outside, the typical superhero characters and there is a lot I love and appreciate about them. But still, not all is as it seems.
So I’m going to leave myself in the gray area with that one but I’m wondering – what side would you chose?