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NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
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 the villains who have the power to end them both.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!!
A Winter 2017-2018 Kids' Indie Next List Selection
"In a vividly dark and fully imagined universe where special abilities are feared unless they can be strictly controlled and labeled, Meyer celebrates and subverts popular superhero tropes while mining the gray area between malevolence and virtue. Third-person narration builds suspense as it shifts between Nova and Adrian, a Renegade with his own secrets; the worldbuilding details and many combat sequences will captivate devotees of superhero comics. Beyond the capes and masks is a strikingly grounded story of star-crossed would-be lovers, deception, and the recognition that most of humanity exists between the extremes of good and evil."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Tackles a familiar genre in a brand new way."--Hypable.com
"A fully realized new world with compelling characters and just enough edge-of-your-seat action to rival the biggest on-screen adaptation?."--Bustle
"Exciting...perfect for your Fall #TBR list."--PopSugar.com
"Even reluctant fans of hero fantasies will fall for the smart plot and wonderful world-building. Prepare to fangirl."--Justine Magazine
"Meyer delivers a balance between intricate world-building and fast-paced action sequences. Nova’s childhood tragedy will draw sympathy from readers as they watch her integrate into the group of Renegades in order to seek vengeance. Back-stabbing, plot twists, and hidden agendas will have readers turning pages in an attempt to discover the truth."--School Library Journal
"Meyer smartly refrains from focusing totally on Adrian and Nova’s potential romance and instead fleshes the characters out as separate individuals with flaws and strengths, regrets and desires. ...The world is exceptionally well crafted, particularly the complex backstory of the rise of prodigies among humans, and the secondary cast of villains and heroes could give Marvel and DC a run for their money. There’s a lot going on here besides cool names and superpowers, and the book earns both its hefty page count and its expected sequel."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Recommended
Praise for Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series:
#1 New York Times–Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
National Indie Bestseller
“A mash-up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, The Terminator, and Star Wars.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Prince Charming among the cyborgs.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“Terrific.” ―Los Angeles Times
Praise for Marissa Meyer's Heartless:
"In Heartless, the nonsense that is Wonderland gets a reverential makeover, full of heart and its own idiosyncratic character." ―Gregory Maguire, Wicked and After Alice
"The author’s best fantasy yet. . . . Meyer has woven all the elements of darkness and light, fate and free will, and love and hatred into an unforgettable story of the evolution of the Red Queen from a young girl who dreamed of true love and freedom to a madwoman best remembered for the phrase 'Off with his head.' If you only read one fractured fairy tale this year, make it Heartless." ―School Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
- ASIN : B06X9S2ZFK
- Publisher : Feiwel & Friends (November 7, 2017)
- Publication date : November 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 7198 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 559 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,338 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
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I totally understand when readers feel alienated or disappointed when a beloved author from a favorite series moves on and does something not *quite* up their alley. Really-- I do. But I feel like Renegades preemptively got a lot of mediocre/negative feedback that was unwarranted because it was being held up to the Lunar Chronicles and Heartless. In all honesty, it's why I didn't read this when it first came out a bit ago; I saw a lot of "meh" things online and figured I could wait. Now, I'm only glad I waited because it'll be a month or two shorter to wait for the release of the second book in November 2018.
I found Renegades to be a thoughtful book that really manages to find a unique perspective into a discussion on political and social apathy. When Nova and Adrian have discussions on the "normal" people left and how prodigies have only hurt society as a whole by fixing or by causing major issues, it really felt like Meyer had found a new, interesting way of bringing up these conversations through an extended analogy of heroes and villains.
I found Nova's character believable and thought she was well-developed; Adrian wasn't my favorite love interest ever and I found the attraction between them overstated at times, but *shrug*. Not a deal breaker. And I'm assuming we'll get more on some of the more fascinating side characters in the next installment. Nova's process of puzzling out morality and ethics and teasing apart what defines "good guys" and "bad guys" alike throughout the course of Renegades felt very real in an exploratory, engaging way; I kept expecting trite, predictable turns (oh, but of course it was actually this character who did this bad deed and the good guys really are good, so everything is fine! status quo yay!) but Meyer turned away from them at every possible opportunity.
I thought this was a really promising beginning to a new series and I'd highly recommend it as a fast-paced, hard-to-put-down kind of read.
So while the premise isn't exactly new (you'll get vibes from every other superhero, really, plus some X-men, definitely some feels from the Lunar Chronicles, and possibly the Divergent Trilogy to name a few), everything going on makes it an engaging read.
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
Epic, exciting and engaging!! Oh my gosh! When I started reading, I had NO IDEA this wasn’t a standalone! And now that I finished, I am flipping out. I need book two so bad.
This book is definitely one I will be recommending often.
Superheroes are all the rage now. But what if the lines between villains and heroes were blurred? Well, then you’d get Renegades. I was rooting for Nova, and then I wasn’t. And then I was, and then...
Again, I’m gonna need this next book. ASAP.
So many secrets as questions we still need answers to. I am rather nervous to read the next one, but I’ll be first in line to buy it. I need to know what’s coming!
I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!!
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The story contained every trope that you can think of that you associate with these kind of stories - from tragic origin stories to villainous monologues to spandex costumes and domino masks. While it was amusing as times, as a fan of comic books, I did find this to be a bit tiresome as these elements are hardly original. I also found the two factions to be a bit too clear cut. While the novel tries to build moral ambiguity, this is undermined by the fact that the Anarchists actively refer to themselves as villains and are proud of their kills. This is incredibly hard to justify.
The novel was also far longer than it needed to be. At close to 600 pages, there was a lot of expository dialogue and repetition of ideas, which felt clumsy and really should have been edited down. The climax of the novel was also a bit underwhelming. After a few fairly obvious twists, the story didn't really build up to much until its final 10%, ending with a couple of shoehorned in "reveals" to tie into the sequel. This unfortunately left the book feeling a bit weak on its own, as it was not a complete novel in its own right.
However, I never thought the book was boring. Despite my gripes, it really was carried by its characters. While some of the heroes were very much shades of better know superheroes (Captain Chromium as Captain America, Thunderbird as Hawk Girl etc), it was interesting to see them all interact and some of the powers were creative. I really liked Monarch and her ability to become a swarm of butterflies in particular. My only real issue was that the character list at the front of the books revealed a lot of the powers and secret identities of the characters, and I would have preferred that these were left as surprises.
The protagonists of the novel were very strong. While the story had a large, diverse and very memorable cast, Nova and Adrian are the characters that truly stand out. They are both confident and well-rounded characters who both embody very different view points. Their often-conflicting motivation is clear and always seems very understandable. While their attraction was a bit too instantaneous for my liking, I did like seeing how both of their opinions changed over the course of the novel - Adrian starting to understand the Anarchists a little better while Nova grew conflicted with her loyalties between the two factions.
All in all, it was a bit of a mixed bag. While unoriginal and overly long, it did contain some great characterisation. I am mildly curious to see how this series will conclude.
Okay so I will admit that it places it’s probably not 5 star material and I’d have liked to have seen more about nova’s politics and her discussing that with any of the Renegades. Her and Adrian discussing that was really interesting for me. As was the well meaning but sinister undertones of all things to do with the council, I’m looking forward to getting more of that in the next book.
And that cliffhanger! Oh my gosh. Haha.
But when it comes down to it, I really enjoyed this. It’s an easy and quick read full of fun. And I will always love a story about a person outsmarting others, especially those of “greater ability”
However, I know it might seem petty to some but I really wanted to edition/cover art shown here so it matched the archenemies (book 2) which I received also from Amazon after chatting with Amazon they seemed liked understood what I wanted but when I received the replacement it was the same 'wrong' cover I got the first time around so just a bit annoying.. I will probably go straight to a book shop now to find the one I want
I’m in a post book haze so haven’t processed all the things i love about this book yet, but yes, the ending, i was starting to feel like just maybe, just maybe, and then i was like yes exactly!
And also I love a good team/ friendship/banter/sarcasm book. It’s a favourite of mine, always makes for lovely reading.
Anyway yes, lovely