Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Book Review: "Archenemies" by Marissa Meyer

Archenemies (Renegades, #2)
Title: Archenemies
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: "Renegades" #2
Genre: YA Sci-Fi 
Page Length: 474 pages
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
Book 1 Review

Okay so from the very first page of Renegades, I was obsessed with this story. After how that book ended, I was very excited to see where the story would go in this book. I was not disappointed in the slightest. So many things happened in this book both plot and character wise and I could not put it down.

Much like the first book, this book starts with an action scene. We are right into the action and don't have to bother with long lead-ups or narratives. One of the many things that Marissa Meyer does right is suck you into the book right from the beginning. Like the first book as well, once we are pulled in, this novel does not let you go. I did read this over the course of three or four sittings but only because I was falling asleep while reading. When I was reading this book, there was not a single moment in which I wanted it to be over quicker.

The thing I love most about this series is the characters. We have our two main characters, Nova and Adrian, who alternate POVs throughout the novel. I absolutely adore each of them and think that their perspectives are so interesting to read from. The character and relationship developments with each of them were so on point. Their inner journeys as well as moral struggles are so well done in this trilogy, especially in this book. I really can't say much else other than I love these two so much. They have quickly become some of my favorite characters I've ever read from.

The side characters also make this book stand out from other series. Whereas in some series, the side characters fall into the background or don't get much development, the side characters in this trilogy are so well written. While none of them have their own POVs, we do get plenty of page time with them. I like that we also get to see side characters from each side of this battle: Anarchists vs Renegade. I just...I love most of the side characters and the ones that I don't love were written to be unlikable and were still written brilliantly. Also, I just have to say, I love them all and am so scared for the final book because half of them are on one side of the fight and half of them are on the other.

Of course, while characters tend to drive stories for me, the plot and storyline of this book did not suffer at all. Not only are we continuing with some existing plot lines from the first book, but there are a lot of new reveals and twists in this book that have their own little threads to follow. All of these threads do tie back to the main plot of the entire trilogy and I felt that the depth we get from them has really made this trilogy stand out even more to me.

This book also seemed darker and grittier than the first one. We still had fun and cute moments, but the tension is building and things are getting more serious as the stakes rise. There are some seriously messed up things that happen as well which just add to the tension. I am rather interested to see what the mood of the final book is going to be.

One of my favorite things about this trilogy is the moral debates. To try and sum it up without spoiling anything, there is this new society created by the Renegades after the Age of Anarchy and some people love it but some people see flaws with it. Then there are different actions being taken, rules being put into place, etc but also a ruling council that wasn't elected but rather put themselves in charge. There are also plenty of other moral and philosophical debates in these books, but I really love how Marissa has written them in. I myself have no idea what to even think because I've read from differing perspectives and can understand each of them. I'm just very excited to see how these moral dilemmas are continued in the final book.  

Overall, I just loved this book. I am so excited and nervous about the final book that I'm going to be starting later today. I think that Marissa has really outdone herself with this trilogy and I find myself loving these books more than the Lunar Chronicles (the only other books I've read by her). I think that, based off just the first two books, this series will definitely be one of my favorites and I can only hope that the final book solidifies that standing.

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