Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer


Hi Munchworms!

Renegades (Renegades, #1)You might know, you might not but I’m a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s writing. I devoured The Lunar Chronicles in no time and loved them all to bits. It’s an understatement to say I was excited when I heard about Renegades!

Something completely different, sure, but I couldn’t imagine not loving it as well.

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. 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 a villain who has the power to end them both.

The good

I love the whole concept! I always enjoyed superhero-movies – not that I really am the biggest fan, but I like them – so a book with superheroes and villains? Sign me up! The way Meyer portrays them is brilliant. The division between Anarchists and Renegades is brilliant. I can easily see people torn over which side to chose. In the end they both make sense and it really messed with my brain sometimes. Anarchist all the way though!

As for the writing. I didn’t expect anything less of Meyer and she delivered! Even though the story was slow at times, it still read so fluently because I simply adore the way she writes. I can’t help but read fast whenever I pick up one of her books.

Nova, oh boy. There’s the sassy female I love to love. Villain, superhero, antihero. Who cares anymore? The way she fights, sacrifices herself and tries to do the right thing is beautiful. The internal struggles she deals with are also amazing to see and feel. You know she’s struggling, you know she’s trying to figure out her place in the world and I cannot wait to find out where it’ll be!

OH AND THE ENDING. I thought it would end like it did but only briefly. By the time it actually happened I was a mess of “Ooooh! No! Nonono!” Guess who’s ready to preorder the sequel? And knowing it’s a duology…

The bad

There’s pretty much one major thing that irked me the wrong way, really. This book is supposed to be full of superheroes, villains – or better said, prodigies. For me that equals hearing someone say “it’s filled with action!” Guess what. It’s not.
The action only starts when you’re about two thirds in the book and knowing this monster has over 500 pages, that’s really late?

It became the strong against the weak, and, as it turns out, the strong were usually jerks.


Afbeeldingsresultaat voor chocolate chip waffle whipped creamAs for the munches, I wanted to bake waffles myself but let’s just say they failed. Just a teeny, tiny bit.

I could hardly wait even longer to post my review though, so Google is my savior!

Now, drool over this chocolate chip waffle smothered in whipped cream and imagine I made it myself… So sure mine would not have looked that good, like at all… Nope.




29 thoughts on “Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed Renegades! Everyone seems to really love Marissa Meyer’s novels but (sadly) I’ve only read Cinder (eventhough I own Scarlet, but I’ve just never gotten around to reading it)

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    1. I live to make people hungry! Not to mention the fact that I get myself hungry or craving food every time I reread one of my reviews.. [Seriously, it’s horrible..]
      Thank you! Here’s hoping the second book will be filled with action! ❤


  2. This is a great review! I’m so glad you enjoyed Renegades! I’m a HUGE fan of The Lunar Chronicles, and for me this book wasn’t nearly as good, though I still enjoyed it. As you mentioned, there was little action and it was kind of slow. Nova was a fun character though! I hope the next book is good, too! 😀

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    1. Thank you!!
      Renegades definitely does NOT beat TLC. But I think I even said that once before I had read Renegades. I’m simply a sucker for fairytale retellings, haha.
      I do think the next book has the basis of being action-packed like crazy so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that she’s going to do just that!

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  3. Oh I totally agree with this!
    The concept is great and it kindof tricks you into thinking it’s going to be ALL ACTION.
    It’s fine that it’s not, but it’s just….misleading?
    Either way I can’t wait for the next one!

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    1. Exactly! When you give me a book and say “superheroes and villains” I’m kind of expecting to be blown away, at the edge of my seat and in non-stop action but.. that so did not happen. I do think the sequel has the basis to be exactly that though! Here’s me keeping my fingers crossed!


    1. Thank you!
      Honestly, I felt like it might be spoilerish for some people but on the other hand.. I think I would’ve enjoyed it more myself if I had known the action only started late in the book? Especially since it’s such a big one. I don’t know.. Anyway! Hope you like it when you decide to pick it up! 😀

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  4. Kathy fantastic review. I love reading books with superheroes but now I will wait for the sequel to be published. Now I would really recomment you to read the Secondborn series by Amy A Bartol as Roselle is like a superhero and you will have here plenty of aaction early on this time 😉

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    1. Thank you!
      I really think the sequel to this one can easily have a TON of action so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that.
      Read the blurb and it does sound interesting! Added it to my shelf on Goodreads. Here’s me hoping I’ll actually get to read it someday. 🙂 Thank you for the rec, Sophie!


  5. Lovely review, Kathy! I’m sorry that the action came a little late for you in that one, but I can’t wait to read it. I loved Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles and, despite the mixed reviews I read for that one, I am still curious to read it and see whether I enjoy it or not 🙂

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    1. Thank you!
      It did. Usually I don’t really expect a lot of action in books. Like, you know there will be action. But when it comes to superheroes and villains.. I can’t let myself not expect it, haha. I guess my own expectations got the better of me in this one. 🙂
      I loooved TLC! But fairytale retellings are my downfall anyway, haha.
      I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for your thought on those! 🙂

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  6. Briliant review! I’ve been seeing this book absolutely everywhere lately, I’m thinking it’s about damn time for me to pick it up for once hahaha 💕

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  7. I put this book on my tbr cuz it looks similar to The Reckoners trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. That one was quite action packed, so when you said this isn’t, i felt kinda meh…

    Also, that waffle looks evil… i want it 😂

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  8. I’m glad you liked it! I should be reading Renegades sometime soon, I just finished reading Cinder and thought it was good. I may feel the same way you do about the lack of action, I really dislike it when books don’t have a lot of action. I hope it won’t get to me too much when I read it! Great review 🙂

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    1. I don’t really mind when books don’t have a lot of action but if you’re giving me a book about superheroes and villains, I’m simply expecting a lot of action anyway, haha.
      I really hope you enjoy it when you pick it up! Thank you. 🙂

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