So, I love Marissa Meyer. It’s no secret. I love the Lunar Chronicles. I love her short stories. I even loved Heartless, even though it nearly ripped my heart right out of my chest. (Fitting, I guess.) So it’s really no surprise that I also loved Renegades. To be fair, it’s a pretty big departure from her previous works. This is no fairytale retelling. No, this is a fantasy novel set in a futuristic world of prodigies, normal people with superhuman talents that choose to become heroes or villains.
It takes a while to immerse yourself in this story. Not only is there is a pretty large cast of characters, but they all have multiple names – their real, everyday name and their superhero (or supervillain) name. In addition to that, you have to remember what side they’re on, what their power is, who their friends are, what their goal is. Honestly, the best advice I could give you is to take notes at the beginning. I wish I’d done that because it’s a whole heck of a lot of information to keep straight.
But even with that fairly steep learning curve, this was an incredible book. Marissa Meyer has such a way with words and characters and intricate plots. I could easily see this becoming a blockbuster movie. In fact, I sincerely hope that it does.
Keeping in mind that this is an ARC, I’m really hesitant to go into detail with my review. The writing is spot-on. The plot is interesting and unique. The pacing is pretty even throughout but ramps up in the last third. And the ending? My poor heart was beating out of my chest. I need the next book. I have so many unanswered questions that I can’t even ask because they would spoil the whole book.
To be honest, I can’t even believe that I somehow got an ARC of this book. This is like the peak of my book blogging career. Thank you so much to Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends and Netgalley for the free copy.
Final rating: ★★★★☆