Monday, July 13, 2020

Book Review: "Renegades" by Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1)
Title: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: "Renegades" #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Page Length: 556 pages
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

Why did it take me so long to read this book?! I'm cursing past Lauren for her mistake because this book was amazing and she should have read it sooner. To be fair, when this book first came out I wasn't at all interested in reading about superheros and preferred watching them in movies. However, over the past few years, I saw the hype around this series and I'd read other things by Marissa Meyer so I became more intrigued. Finally, I bought this book over a year ago. Still, it took me up until a few days ago to finally start it and I'm so happy that I finally did!

I'll start off by saying that, objectively, this book has flaws. If I wanted to get into the deep analysis of pacing, plot, character development, etc then this book would probably be 4 or 4.5 stars instead of the 5 that I've given it. However, based on my pure enjoyment and the fun I had reading this, I had to give it the full 5 stars.

What drove this book for me was definitely the characters. We follow two main POVs, Nova (who is an Anarchist) and Adrian (who is a Renegade). I adored both of them. I could go on and on about these two, but I'll just say that (1) I really loved them as individual characters and (2) I really loved their interactions. These two characters are very well fleshed out and I can't wait to see more of them in the next book.

The side characters were also phenomenal. I think the way that Meyer wrote this story was interesting because we're getting both the stories of the Anarchists (the "villains") and the Renegades (the "heroes"). Neither are perfect and I honestly could not tell you who I'd prefer to win in a battle. I just loved getting to know each of the characters on each side. They're all so unique and well-written.

I also really enjoyed the overall story. I thought the book was balanced well with the action placed well throughout the book. The book started off on a high-intensity scene and kept that energy and excitement throughout the entire novel.

There's really not much else that I can say except I loved this book. I had such a great time reading it and I cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy! Overall, I just want to describe this book as fun. Despite the book being serious most of the time and all the action, betrayal, etc...I just had a fun time reading it. I highly recommend this to sci-fi and Marissa Meyer fans!



Thanks for reading!
xoxo
Lauren



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