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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  108,669 ratings  ·  14,718 reviews
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
Hardcover, 552 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
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Emily May
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, young-adult, fantasy, arc
2 1/2 stars.

I'm reminding myself while I'm writing this that I really didn't like Meyer's Cinder but went on to enjoy the rest of the series. Maybe Meyer is just not great at beginnings. Maybe I'm already feeling burned out on this new "It" genre featuring superhero stories. All I know is that Renegades didn't really pick up until the second half and, looking back, I don't get the sense that this first book really had a story arc. There was no climax or revelation. It felt like one very long in
Emma Giordano
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. So fun so complex so interesting – a must read!! Check out my video review!:

Other than the epic superheroes, what intrigues me most about Renegades is that it focuses on the concept of anarchy, which appears to be lacking in YA despite the abundance of dystopian/futuristic novels already on the market. The history of the time of anarchy combined with active anarchists in the present story made it very unique in that manner. I cl
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well, went from 5 to 3 stars. I just got taken to trade in my hardbacks, but I’m keeping the kindle and Audible versions because they are ok. But I still love The Lunar Chronicles and will be rereading them later 😉

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


Left my old review up on my blog just to have. Although, I haven’t been blogging and it might just go away 🤔

MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
chai ♡
I’ve got like, two feelings about this book and not all of them are good.

I'm trying to come to terms with the possibility that I will never form a meaningful emotional connection with a Marissa Meyer book like I did with The Lunar Chronicles. It's like my heart closes for maintenance when it comes to anything else written by this author. I don't know. There must have been a dimensional hiccup in the timeline—how else could I go from being unambiguously and obsessively 100% full scale high key ad
Guys, I don’t know myself anymore.

I’m currently sitting here eating baby carrots, and I’m not happy about it, which is characteristic, but the sheer fact that I’m ingesting a vegetable in the first place is astounding. I’m currently addicted to watching feature-length episodes of a British quiz show on YouTube, when up until two days ago I was convinced I was racist against British people. But most importantly (and actually, you know, semi-relevantly) I don’t know how I feel about Marissa Meyer.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
what have we learned today? kat and marissa meyer’s books just don’t gel. sorry y’all 😥
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
ive read many books about people who have abilities or gifts, but i think this is the first book ive read where they are actually considered superheroes. like crime fighting superheroes, against villains. straight out of a comic book. and i will say it felt very cheesy in the beginning, but i got into it. eventually. because this is a beast of a book with loads of introspection and description. so there was a lot of trudging through that had to be done. but fortunately, things really picked up i ...more
♛ may
I feel like the amount of expectations I put on this book just made it bound to disappoint me. Like, think about it realistically, how is ANY book ever going to live up to the glory that is Scarlet??
You just…can’t compete with that ya know.

My feelings and thoughts summed up:

The Pros
- I love me some anti-heroes, give me bad guys with tragic back stories and complex development that make me rethink my entire moral compass
- The ending was bloody fantastic, that last sentence left me all !!???
This book is dull, unoriginal, boring, and nonsensical.

Nova is a prodigy, someone gifted with special powers. She's basically a superhero, only she's not a hero, she's an Anarchist (very original). Adrian is a Renegade, one of the heroes that protects Gatlon City from the Anarchists.

First of all, why do the people need protection in the first place? The Anarchists aren't even doing anything. They just hide in their little abandoned buildings and occasionally attempt to assassinate a Renegade.
Jessi ❤️ H. Vojsk [if villain, why hot?]
“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
In a World Full of People with superpowers, which Side would you choose - good or evil?
Would you be a superhero or a villain?
If I had to choose, I would take the side which would be the right one in my opinion.
That’s what I love about really brilliantly created villains - in their own eyes they do the right thing, they are the heroes.
Nova was raised by people that many call villains - people that fought the Renegades in the Age of Anarc
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I can properly put into words how INCREDIBLE this book was!!! It was consistently good from start to finish and I knew I’d be giving it a five star from about the halfway point but the ENDING!!! No spoilers, but I had chills for the entire last chapter and Marissa Meyer absolutely stunned me with not one BUT TWO plot twists!!! (One still wasn’t explained but like, I’m pretty sure about it). If you’re at all a fan of superheroes and super villains and the great area in between I thi ...more
May 12, 2017 marked it as to-read
why didn't anyone tell me THIS EXISTED ...more
Ashley Nuckles
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hadn’t even planned on reading this and finished it in three days. It was sooooooo good & fun & dark but also funny at the right times and GREAT! Such a fun spin on the superhero/super villain type of story, and I NEED the next one!
may ➹
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I forgot the book ended with that. Holy shit.

This probably would have been a 4 star rating if I found Nova to be a more likable character. But I didn't. So it's not.

Rtc maybe? We'll see.
Helena Paris
Buddy read with my OG BR partner, Maica!


Ok onto Archenemies NOW because I need to know what happens!!! (And yes, I know that it’s 5am lol I couldn’t put this down)
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★


3.8 STARS. Totally worth to read.


Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors, like I need to buy everything she writes.
So, I bought this book because :
1. Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors.
2. The cover looked so BEAUTIFUL.
3. I needed this pretty book on my bookshelf.
4. The plot was interesting.

Look, when my copy arrived at my house, I was beyond excited, you know. I have waited
R.K. Gold
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book put me in a slump. The reason I’m giving it 2 instead of 1 (and honestly it’s more of a 1.5) is cause at least it’s still a well defined story it follows basic rules of structure and someone could probably find some enjoyment from it.

I was not so lucky. This review will contain some spoilers because I’ll be including some of my annotations.

My god I’m too tired of this book to even do a deep dive. Let’s just start with how incompetent the characters are like they make every situation wo
Jul 17, 2021 rated it liked it
~ 2.5 stars ~

This book was enjoyable enough, but it wasn't necessarily "good". It's a fun concept, and I can see why someone would love this, but unfortunately, despite surface level enjoyment, I didn't really have a fulfilling experience. I did not connect with the story or the characters. Nor is there anything that really makes this series stick out to me. It's kind of just mediocre, for a lack of better words. I am unimpressed.

The biggest thing that annoyed me about this book, and pretty muc
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This book reminded me so much much like the movie Sky High in some aspects. And that ending!? 😱 Can't wait to read the next one. ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Set aside @ pg 171. I do want to finish this, just not right now.


I'm here for aaaaaaall the gay dads :)


oh my god you guys LOOK AT THIS COVER
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
my attention came and went in spikes while reading this 😪
!!not really spoilers but if. you want to go into this book knowing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING do not read this revew!!
MSSHRG: failed abortion's and unerasable mistakes, gather around, for I have a tale to tell. *throws wood into bonfire dramatically*
little ugly kids: Tell us Ms. Super Sexy Hot Reading Girl
MSSHRG: This tale begins in a..dun..dun.DUN. DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY! For people with cool abilities are hated by people who don't have cool abilities.
little ugly kids: but why, but why?

i rather watch grass grow

RTC !!


Buddy reading with my villains meymey and tims sista 💙💙💙

Why I am a Failure at life

*goes inside bookstore to just have a "look"*
*gives myself a pep talk about not spending any money*
*sees Renegades staring me in the soul and sending those "take me home" vibes*
*reminds myself that I'm only here to "look" around*

5 seconds later...

*silently whispers "...fuck"*

me to me:

Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy

I did not expect to love this as much as I did...but it honestly could have been half the length.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 to 4 stars

I enjoyed this book, but it was a bit draggy at times. And, while I was enjoying it, I was often not very gung go to get back to it. It felt like it took a long time to make even a little progress. But, in the end I was intrigued and entertained.

For fans of YA sci-fi/fantasy, you should be satisfied with this book. I am not sure if this has been approached with the superhero element before, but it felt similar to ones I have read before where magic was involved. Also, there is a b
second time read and review!


Nova, she's a fucking bad ass. I love her so much. I mean.. if anyone wanted a cool super power.. putting people to fucking sleep is probably one of them. She's like the girl version of the sandman. I loved it! Then there's Adrian, and I'm all like.. yasss gimee more por favor! I love them together so freaking mu
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A light and fun book for when you want to turn your brain off. The story and characters are nothing remarkable, but its harmlessly generic writing can provide itself as a comfort read.
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Natalie Monroe
"There are many dangerous people in this world. But there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there's hope that tomorrow might be better."

[insert gif of me attempting to give a fuck]

Five months. It took me five months to slog through Renegades.

It's just so profoundly boring. I could've wept wishing it'd give me an emotion. Or just half an emotion. I'm not greedy.

Renegades tries to sell it
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