RENEGADES (Renegades #1)

Written by Marissa Meyer

Published by Feiwel & Friends, November 7, 2017

My star rating: 3.5 stars


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. Find it on Goodreads

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So, if you’ve already seen my review on Goodreads, then you would have seen that my rating was only 3 stars. Before you lose it on me – hear me out!! It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this book because I totally did!! I REALLY liked it actually. But it was just one of those books that didn’t motivate me to read at lightening speed. While I was reading I was really into it and excited. But when I wasn’t reading I just felt kind of meh. I would look at the book cover and not feel an itch in my fingers to pick it up. Side note – When are we going to get half stars Goodreads!? I feel bad giving it three stars when I could have mentioned that it was 3.5! That half star makes a difference people!!!!

Anyways, let me get further into my thoughts. The thing I loved the most is the thing I was most nervous about – and that’s the superhero element! My goodness this was SOOOO wonderful! I loved learning about all their powers and the fact that they all dressed the part, capes and all!  One thing I’ve never admitted is that I’m not a fan of super hero stories. I mean, at all! I can watch a super hero movie but when reading a book…… I just can’t! This one I couldn’t drink it all in fast enough!! I wanted to know everything about their powers, their costumes, their tools – everything!!!!

And you can’t really have super hero’s without villains! I mean, it’s just a balance thing! But what Marissa Meyer was able to accomplish with the blurred grey lines between good and evil was just glorious! I understood both points from the Anarchists and the Renegades, which tossed and turned me back and forth from side to side. It was so confusing and mentally unstable lol. I kept rooting for one side more than the other until that side decided to do something stupid. But then again, the main character Nova was just as confused as I was!!!

Also, another amazing element of this book was the world building. I mean, spectacular! I could envision how everything looked which was really helpful during the higher action scenes. Nothing felt detached. It all felt like this giant living being that I was actually a part of. There was just so much detail! But, having said that, it also became this books downfall for me. I felt that the amount of world building that was happening, from beginning to end, really got in the way of the plot and characters moving forward. The action was stalled to further assist us in envisioning our surroundings. The envisioning was wonderful, but it felt like that’s all I was doing sometimes.

Which brings me to my next point – the pace. Let me just say that the first chapter of this book was like WOW!! Marissa Meyer didn’t mess around and she packed quite a punch with that intro! But the rest of the book seemed to lack that initial ‘punch’ and ‘shock value’. Things would be set up to explode and make your jaw drop and then….. nope! Denied! It did hold steady but I just expected there to be more highs throughout. The pace is really the main reason why I rated this one so low. I had such a hard time pushing myself to keep going and spent a lot of time wondering if the chapter was over yet.

All of that being said, I have a good feeling that this book is setting up for an amazing sequel! The world building is done, the character building is complete, so now we can get more into the story. The stage has been set and I’m still happy to continue with this one! ALSO, just saying, that the Lunar Chronicles only got better as it went on! I loved the first book Cinder, but it was all the books that followed that put that series on my all time favourites list! I’m confident things will only get better!

And now I want to wear a cape………

Until next time, happy reading!

34 Comments Add yours

  1. judithcmoore says:

    If you think about it…3.5 stars is 7/10 which is still pretty high so people shouldn’t read too much into it! I actually really enjoyed Renegades but I agree with you about the pacing, I’m hoping the sequel will be amazing!

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    1. That’s a good way of looking at the rating! I personally don’t think that 3 star reviews are bad. I just hoped that it would be a 5 star!

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      1. judithcmoore says:

        Yeah it’s how I think about it when I’m rating. Maybe it’ll grow on you? Who knows :p

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  2. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I was three quarter in your review and seriously wondering why you gave a low rating till I got to the pace Shanah! Well that’s too bad you did not have your Bang factor 😉 Fantastic review!!

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    1. I had VERY high hopes for it that’s why I felt so bar rating it a 3 on GR. It was still good though! It made me say “I love super hero’s” which I never thought I would say!


  3. Steph says:

    I finished this book last week and I agree about the pace! If this book had been a bit more concise I would have felt the need to read it faster, but its density slowed me down. Great review!!!

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    1. Glad I’m not the only one that had issues with the pace! If it would have been condensed in places then it could have been so much better! I get that it was for purposes of building the world and character development but, it didn’t work for me for some reason

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      1. Steph says:

        I think if a lot of the world building had been seen through the action and character, it would have been easier to read- that’s I how felt she handled it in the Lunar Chronicles!

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        1. Yes! I remember a lot of the world building was combined with the character development in the Lunar chronicles. In this one it felt separated


  4. Angela JC says:

    I totally understand what you mean! Sometimes a book is good it just doesn’t make me set Netflix aside to read it (Lol Netflix is often my weakness). And I too am impatiently awaiting the half-star to become an option on Goodreads!! I feel so bad sometimes having to round down or dishonest rounding up 😬 Just give us the half-star! Haha

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    1. Maybe we should start a petition! As if I had time to do that….. I’m too busy reading books and watching Netflix! 😂

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  5. Marie says:

    Great review! I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one enough to give it a 4 or 5 stars, but thinking about it, 3,5 is still quite a great rating! And it’s the first book in a series, so, like you said, it is probably setting things up for the next book as well. I’m glad to hear you overall enjoyed the adventure, even if the pace kind of slowed you down, at times. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

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    1. I hope you love it! I don’t view a 3.5 as bad either. But I really wanted it to be a 5 star! 😩

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      1. Marie says:

        I understand :/ who knows, maybe the next one will be a 5 stars 😀

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  6. Dreamy Reads says:

    3.5 stars is definitely not a bad rating plus you had your reasons.I am not into superhero stories either. Great review.

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    1. If you decide to pick this one up I bet she will change your mind about super hero’s! I never thought in a million years I would say that the super hero’s were my favourite part! 😂

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      1. Dreamy Reads says:

        I guess now I have to read it 🙂

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  7. kyera says:

    Fantastic review. First, I dare you to wear a cape and I need proof. Second, 100% agree about Goodreads. I need the diversity that half-stars would provide.

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    1. Lol!!!!!!! If I actually had a cape, I would totally give you proof…… does a blanket or towel work? 😂

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      1. kyera says:

        Hmmmmm… with no other option, sure. (I own a cape.. 😁)

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  8. Great review! And 3 starts doesn’t mean awful things to me. I still read books with 3 star ratings. So, don’t feel bad! I think 2 stars or less is what tells me the book may not be enjoyable.

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    1. I don’t think 3 Stars is bad either. I’ve heard some authors get upset when they see 3 star reviews (mainly from the perspective of a smaller author though) and, as a reader, I’m like HEY! That’s still good! 😂

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  9. ZoeAlyce says:

    Ugh! I preordered this from Booktopia and I’m still waiting!! Apparently mine will arrive tomorrow. Your review makes me what it right now. And I agree the half star makes all the difference 😊

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    1. I hope you get it tomorrow! It sucks when shipping takes so long. I don’t have the patience! I end up stalking the tracking number and the mail guy!

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      1. ZoeAlyce says:

        Haha, I’m not going to lie… I’ve kinda been doing that! Fingers crossed for tomorrow! Meyer is becoming one of my must buy authors so I really hope I like it!

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  10. I also really loved what you called the “blurred lines” between the heroes and villains. Frostbite and her crew in particular.

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