Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles, #1)
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Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,076 ratings  ·  386 reviews
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded lit...more
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Tor Teen (first published August 20th 2012)
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Holy bloody muffins!!

Look at this pretty cover! Right? Don't be fooled! The world inside Renegade is not pretty. It's not beautiful! It's gory, disturbing, sick, and the more you advance in the story, the more terrifying it all becomes. It starts innocently enough. Perfect life, in a perfect garden, everyone is "perfect" with perfect blue eyes and perfect blond hair, perfect genetics to make perfect babies in this perfect world full of perfect flowers and perfect fish--for real! They live in an...more
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This review is also available over at my blog.


Holy crap.

Um, wow, I'm not even sure where to start.

Okay, so, in the underwater city of Elysium, which is ruled by a woman that goes by Mother, Evelyn Winters has been trained to be the Daughter of the People, and the one in line to be the leader of the city. She had a perfect life, loved by Mother and all the citizens of Elysium. But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, somehow manages to enter the city, Evie starts realizing...more
3.5 stars

Mother created Elysium so that she, and those like her, could live in peace, far away from the greed and intolerance raging war on the Surface.
- History Text, Year Five

An underwater utopia, with its obedient citizens and immaculate gardens, is the imaginative world where J. A. Souders’ debut novel takes place. This is a setting both rich in detail and chilling in its perfection. What first appears beautiful and ideal is quickly made evident to be nothing more than the mask of one woman...more
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters' life is just about perfect. Adopted by Mother and made the Daughter of the People, Evelyn is being groomed for the inevitable day that she will take over Mother's illustrious position as the head of the suboceanic society of Elysium. The war and strife of the hateful Surface Dwellers above led Mother to start a new society of her own, concealed by the ocean's murky depths. It is Evelyn's job to listen to the people, to lea...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Wow. I honestly don’t know where to start when it comes to Renegade. While I was excited beyond measure to first read the synopsis of this novel, and even later when it’s beautiful (and very relevant) cover released, I found myself dreading the moment it would arrive for me in the mail as, with each passing day, I became convinced that Renegade would be “just another” dystopian novel with insta-love, predictability, and downright flat characters. Well, let me reassure you now:...more
Nov 23, 2012 Kendra rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
As Daughter of the People, Evie Winters’ life is just about perfect. Chosen as a child for her perfect genetic profile, she was adopted and raised by Mother and is being groomed to one day take her place as leader of the underwater society Elysium. But not everything is as it seems, and something is wrong in Evie’s practically perfect life. She finds herself missing chunks of time, and experiences splitting headaches accompanied by flashes of forgotten memories. When Surface Dweller Gavin crashe...more
Kristen Simmons
Oh. My. Gosh. This book starts out deliciously creepy, and gets freakier by the page. The underwater world this author has built drew me in immediately – it’s complex and fascinating and unlike anything I’ve ever read. Evie is such an intriguing lead; she’s vulnerable and kind, comfortable in her sexuality, and as tough as Trinity in the Matrix. Gavin is…wow. Just wow. This book kept me surprised (and horrified – in a good way), until the very end. Book 2 cannot get here fast enough.
Renegade means someone who rebels against her cause, and I believe that's exactly happened in this book, what a perfect name.

Sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters was raised and trained to be Daughter of People, to rule over the underwater utopia known as Elysium. her life was close to perfect, or at least that's what she believed. When she met a surface dweller named Gavin, and helped him escape prison, she realized everything she believed is was nothing but a mere lie and result of her memory alter...more
My life is just about perfect…

Creepiest words EVER for the rest of my life!! Holy oceans of freaky fish!! This book was really good and mentally taxing all in one nightmare! I was not expecting to be this drawn into a dystopic YA thriller! But, J.A. Souders grabbed my attention and toyed with my imagination to the point where I just allowed myself to be pulled by the intensity and momentum of this story. The high energy and constant action of Renegade continued to build as the novel progressed....more
♥ Tina ♥ (Martina Bookaholic)
English Review:
First of all – the cover is absolutely beautiful and it partially also shows greatly the contents of this underwater town. I’ve been totally glad when I’ve got the book and also after the first shock, I’ve liked it really much. Why a shock? The first pages were written very easy, the statements and thoughts of the central figure Evelin, or briefly called Evie, were childish and very irritating, because they sounded like rehearsed texts and they’ve also confused me, to be honest....more
Guys, this book blew my mind away...seriously
From the beautiful utopian underwater setting of Elysium, to the deliciously sweet romance, the got-to-love-them characters, and the heart-pounding escape—what’s not to love about RENEGADE? It is rare that I find a book that is able to keep me so entertained and invested in the story. Guys, seriously, don’t let the cover fool you—Renegade is not just a gorgeous cover. It has a beautiful, action-packed, kick-butt storyline to match.

Utopias, claustropho...more
A copy of Renegade was provided to me by Tor Teen/Netgalley for review purposes.

'We are all Mother's children. It is a privilege to show her our ultimate obedience to her laws.'

Evelyn Winters is the Daughter of the People in the underwater world of Elysium. She is a flawless specimen with ideal genes perfectly suited to create flawless children. Mother has worked hard to solidify Evelyn’s perfection and the perfection of all citizens in Elysium. Mother will do anything and everything to make sur...more
Ugh, any enjoyment I may have had for the book's (somewhat interesting) plot (but made clumsy by all too convenient coincidences), was COMPLETELY ruined by the fact that this book DIRECTLY perpetuates the pernicious LIE that the "perfect" human can only be white, blonde, and pale. There may or may not have been an indirect hinting of racial cleansing in Elysium (because don't expect me to believe the utter tripe that only white people are rich), but there is no denouncing of said racial cleansin...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

Actual rating is 2.5.

I’m so torn about my feelings about Renegade. Before its release I read reviews from people who had read ARC’s of it and they were all glowing. People loved how bloody it was and how twisted the books bad guy, Mother, was. I went into this with super high expectations, I had an opening in my review schedule and thought it was finally time to sit down and soak up the awesomeness of this book. So sit down with it I did, and wait...more
Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
I went into Renegade not really quite sure of what it was about...I read some others reviews and could tell that it was definitely Dystopian so of course I had to read it.

Let me first say that the cover is COMPLETELY gorgeous and is a perfect portrayal of what I had imagined for Evie. I love the soft blue colors and the fact that she is holding the rose and looks so innocent...PERFECT COVER...

The first couple of chapters were a little hard for me to wrap my head around..and only because Evelyn...more
From the second I saw this in the Tor Teen Book Buzz at ALA Midwinter, I wanted to read it. Not only did it sound fantastic, it looked fantastic (see (1) below). So color me excited when I got my hands on a sweet ARC to read!

Here are five things I have to say about RENEGADE:

1) I adore this cover! It's seriously one of the most intriguing (and beautiful) covers I've seen in ages. From the colors to the hair, dress, and body language of the girl, it completely drew me in and made me want to read i...more
From the first chapter, this book had me sucked in. Evie's world is unique, spooky, and foreboding from word one. And going on a tour of this strange world with Evie as your guide is a journey you'll never forget. She's a character full of surprises--she even surprises herself.

Featuring a villain the likes of which I haven't seen since Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, RENEGADE will have you turning pages long after you should have gone to bed.

I'd love to tell you more, but I don't want to spoil an...more
Seeing Double in Neverland
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5 out of 5 stars

I loved every twist and turn of this book and just loved going alone for the ride of this twisted world Evie lives in!
A Canadian Girl
If I could sum up J.A. Souders’ Renegade with one word, I’d use a word like messy because the frenetic pacing of the plot made it hard to follow what was going on. It also caused the development of the world, characters and romance to be sacrificed.

My first problem with Renegade was that the worldbuilding was sketchy at best. As a reader, I knew that Mother, her dad and their friends moved to Elysium to avoid war on land. That’s all I got though, really. I couldn’t fully comprehend the way that...more
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Yes, guys! Renegade is THAT good. Did I anticipate it? A bit. It has a very gorgeous cover but I thought this is just another irrelevant 'girl with a pretty dress' cover. Heh. I was wrong. That cover is completely relevant to the story.

I didn't add Renegade to my TBR list until I saw Giselle and Keertana r...more
Erster Satz: Mein Leben ist absolut perfekt.

Eine Unterwasserwelt..... erfrischend neu und mit einer Geschichte die aus der Masse heraussticht?
Leider nein. Renegade liest sich absolut flüssig und die Idee einer Unterwasserwelt voller Intrigen und mit einer machtgierigen Frau an der Spitze... ich dachte das verspricht ein spannendes Abenteuer. Diese Erwartungen wurden jedoch nicht erfüllt. Im Nachhinein muss ich sogar sagen, das Geld für Renegade hätte ich mir sparen können.

Was bei so einer Gesch...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I suspect I know what you're thinking. You're looking at that cover and imagining that this will be yet another cheesy romance disguised as dystopia, with a world built solely to keep the hero and heroine from being able to get it on. Well, let me tell you right now, this is not the case here. The cover is beautiful and has a girl in a dress and just doesn't look like the cover for a true, creepy dystopia. You know what, though? This cover fits the book perfectly AND Renegade also happens to be...more
Shreya (CCReviews)

*A copy was provided for review purposes*

I highly enjoyed reading Renegade, by J.A. Souders. In my opinion, every single aspect of this book deserves high praise, from the detailed cover art to the depth (no pun intended) of the author’s prose. She has created a captivating and unique underwater society in which the residents all have entertaining personalities and are a huge part of why this novel is so wonderful. In a way, this book could represent dystopia, but excluding the whole ‘end-of-the...more
I was expecting a kickass twisted version of The Little Mermaid based on the quite cool-sounding concept and the excerpt of the beginning. I got…another in a long line of 2012's meh standard YA dystopias. I guess the plot and prose are okay, if pedestrian, except for sporadic gross gems like this: “It’s sexy and scary at the same time.” The characterization is very flat and one-dimensional, with the most disappointing character being villain Mother who sounds like a teenage girl, throwing out li...more
Score: 2.5 stars

Review originally posted at

And yet another greatly-reviewed book that I couldn't love, or, as it is the case with this one, even tolerate. Dystopias lately have turned into a formula, and it repeats itself novel after novel. I don't think I was wrong to think Renegade would be different, and in some aspects it was, but, when it came down to it, this novel suffered from some of the major flaws that most dystopias suffer these days.

The whol...more
Note: I received this book from Netgalley.

What did I think of the first couple chapters? Hello Little Mermaid, where is King Triton. That is exactly the impression I got, I even went back to Goodreads to read the synopsis again just to make sure this was not an alternative version of the Disney fairy tale. Once you get past the first couple chapters though it is nothing like what I was expecting. This is an amazing action packed story with twists and turns at every angle. This is definitely not...more
Jessie Harrell
Holy moley, this was a great book! The pacing was perfect, the roadblocks just kept coming, and the world Evie lives is in totally unique (and creepy!). If you know me, you know I'm not a big fan of dystopian novels in general, but this one blew me away.

Evie is an amazing character. You start out thinking she's pretty weak, but come to learn just how strong she is. Her relationship with Gavin (the dirty Surface Dweller) progresses naturally and beautifully. I really enjoyed their interactions a...more
Colleen Houck
I loved Elysium, the underwater hotel that's the main setting for the book. I really want to go to an underwater hotel someday. The enforcers were totally creeptastic. Lots of conditioning layers kept it very interesting.
At first, I wasn't sure what I was reading. Evie - the main character - read very young and immature. The writing wasn't too developed and there was an overuseage of words. But I always try to finish a book I've been asked to review, and in this case, I'm glad I pushed myself past those awkward first chapters.

Because then the book morphs into an action filled, mystery packed, suspenseful story. The setting was intriguing, though I would have loved a little more description of it. A world underse...more
This review is also posted at Smitten over Books.

I've been hearing quite a buzz for Renegade long before I finally succumbed and requested it via Netgalley. I'm really glad I did because I would have surely regret it if I haven't.

If I would have to describe Renegade in one word it would be unconventional. It's unlike anything I've ever read before. It feels different. It reads different. I knew from the moment guns were mentioned, I was in trouble.

I'm not the kind of reader who rereads synopsis...more
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J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble.

Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She now lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, SFWA, YARWA and SCBWI.

More about J.A. Souders...
Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles, #2) A Dark Grave (The Elysium Chronicles, #0.5) Flyboys, (Writing Prompts: The Paper Airplane, #4) Untitled (The Elysium Chronicles, #3) Mystery Times Ten 2011

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