I do love a good superhero story. You can tell that to my large Marvel movie collection. So after hearing so many good things about Renegades by Marissa Meyer, I decided to pick up a copy.
In Renegades, we have two main characters who are on opposite sides. One is essentially a hero and the other is on the sides of the villains. There are some grey areas in the book, but for the most part it is pretty cut and dry.
The heroes have a council that regulates them, but it does not always work the way it should. The heroes are called Renegades in this world. Both of our main characters are very creative in the way they make new inventions. They just use them in two completely different ways.
Nova has had a hard life, being the only survivor of an attack on her family and being taken under the wing of Ace Anarchy. She is trained to a life of being a villain and hating heroes. Heroes didn’t save her family when they were supposed to and she wants them to pay. Though I have an inkling about this that I hope I will find out in the next book.
She is a flawed character right off the bat. She let’s her hatred blind her when it comes to heroes and hampers her development. She does make some good points about heroes, but she also lets herself wallow in her anger and do terrible things. She fails to kill one of the heroes and then embarks on a quest to infiltrate the heroes. She has the chance to change, but in the end goes crawling right back to where she came from. She would make me feel angry with her at many times in the book.
Adrian or Sketch is the son of heroes. After his mother’s mysterious death, he is taken in by the leaders of the Council. Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden become his new parents and he gains a new brother in Max. Adrian’s powers come from his ability to bring his drawings to life and he learns to use them in creative ways. He learns he can tattoo symbols on his body that he can use to have more powers, but things do not always go the way he wants them too.
He is also very blinded, but he has also never known anything different. He has grown up with heroes, lost his mother to villains, and seen villains do terrible things. There is a push and pull between both sides that doesn’t really get resolved in this book. This book is really just the set up for what will happen in the upcoming story. We get to learn the behind the scenes of both sides before the overall conflict will hit them.
Then there is the mysterious Max who lives a life behind glass. He has been building a city with Adrian’s creations that has taken up most of his time. His particular power is that he absorbs powers of other people which makes him dangerous. They would eventually uncover that the Renegades want to figure out how to use him to create a way to take powers away from the villains.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I am interested in reading the next book and seeing where it goes. I think I would give this book 3.8 out of 5 stars. There were a few things that brought this book down for me and sometimes it was the main characters.