Renegades is written by New York Times-Bestselling Author Marissa Meyer. It takes a classic spin on science fiction with superhero's and villains, like in comic books. Now, one of us- Bella- really enjoyed this book. And the other- Sydnie- did not. We'll give both of our point of views on why we enjoyed this book and why we didn't; after that you can make up your mind!
At first, Renegades was a book that I just kind of stared at and didn't bother to pick up. But when I did, I was not disappointed. Before Renegades I had never read any of Marissa Meyer's novels; now I see what all the hype is about. I was instantly in love with the characters-some more than others- the plot, and writing.
Personally, Nova was my favorite. And yes, I totally ship her with Adrian. There's always room for improvement, and for me that was with the minor characters. I liked them and they were entertaining, but I feel like they could have been polished up. Nova was my favorite for many reasons. First, she was the most complex with her backstory and her emotions seemed more in depth than the others. Second, like I mentioned above she's more complex so she's not just a villain. Last, she was strong and independent and I always like seeing that in characters.
This book had two main elements that I like in a good book- entertainment and fast paced. The book was constantly going which I enjoy; I don't enjoy books that "dwell" on describing things and things like that. And what really is important, is it entertaining? And yes, it was a fun, enjoyable read. I couldn't put it down!
Marissa Meyer is an exquisite writer. Whenever she went to a different character's point of view it seemed like the writing changed in a way as well to accommodate the character. There was a good balance between the dialogue, action, figurative language, and every other element.
Ultimately, this was a stunning and entertaining science fiction novel.
Just like Bella, I didn't pick up this book for quite some time after purchasing it. I read a good hundred or so pages during my first attempt at reading it, but I stopped. I didn't glance at the book for a month before I remembered that I had ditched it. While trying to read it again, I only got another six chapters in before putting it down again. Why? Well, that can be attributed to the simple fact that I was just unimpressed.
This isn't to say that the book was awful, or that I hated it. It just wasn't one of my favorites and I won't be reading it again any time soon.
I normally adore Marissa Meyer's writing, but I felt really indifferent about the events transpiring in the book. I will admit that I started off the book with expectations that were probably a bit too high, but that doesn't change the fact that I couldn't get myself to grow attached to the novel.
I thought that by the end of the book, the characters were well-developed, but for the majority of the novel, the characters were two-dimensional. I think my main problem with the entire book was that I didn't care about any of the characters. For some inexplicable reason, the usual attachment I feel towards the protagonists and side-characters never surfaced.
I know this is supposed to be a 'nay' review, but I did like that the characters had such strong faith in their beliefs; it was realistic and something I don't see in a lot of books. Both sides had fairly decent points to back up their reasoning, and had their limitations on what they could do to support their beliefs.
I didn't hate the plot. In fact, I really liked the originality of the story, and the exposition really impressed me. However, as the story went on, I caught myself not feeling shocked at the plot twists or the conflicts that arose throughout the course of the book. I could tell what was going to happen; it wasn't too hard to put together, and, admittedly, that made me frustrated. I didn't wait in anticipation for what was to come, and I wasn't in any rush to see how the events played out.
I wholeheartedly agree with Bella in saying Marissa Meyer is a brilliant author. The world that she described was complex and crystal-clear. I do wish that she put a spotlight on the characters that weren't Nova, though. They had so much potential, but by the end of the book, I found them to be unmemorable.
Would I recommend this book? Maybe, but it wouldn't be one of my top picks. I don't see myself reading the rest of the trilogy.