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Renegades

(Renegades #1)

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  53,438 ratings  ·  8,965 reviews

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.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abili

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Kindle Edition, 563 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 8/20/19

THAT was freaking awesome!!



Nova is a girl called Nightmare. She's part of the Anarchists group. They are the villains, but not everything is as it seems. The thing is, the Anarchists and the "good guys" the Renegades both have bad people in their groups and good people.

Nova (Nightmare) wants to take the Renegades down. She was raised by her uncle, Ace after her family perished. Ace was the leader of the Anarchists.

Both of these groups have powers. I will let you
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Emily May
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
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Emma Giordano
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. So fun so complex so interesting – a must read!! Check out my video review!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veujV...

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
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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
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emma
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.
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Melanie


“Hero or villain, all prodigies were powerful. All prodigies were dangerous.”

Me and Marissa Meyer have an all over the place relationship. I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Lunar Chronicles, but I love Scarlet and Wolf! But my favorite thing she’s ever created was Heartless, which I five starred and it made it onto my best of list the year it came out. So, I didn’t know what to expect going into Renegades. I wasn’t even going to pick it up originally, but I did solely because I saw a G
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Kat
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
what have we learned today? kat and marissa meyer’s books just don’t gel. sorry y’all 😥
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:
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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 !!???
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jessica
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cristina Monica
From fairytale retellings to... Marvel-reminiscent superheroes.

Did anyone expect it? I didn't. In my mind, Marissa Meyer still had Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, hell The Princess and the Frog, as well as many other fairytales to write entire books about.

But you have to admire her(?) decision to write about something different. She has no idea if her new series will be well-received or completely hated, and yet she still dared to write what she felt was right to her, not what everyo
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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
“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
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Sana
May 12, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
why didn't anyone tell me THIS EXISTED
Brittany
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2019-read
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
emi
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.
Ashley Nuckles
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
may ➹
PSA: THIS BOOK SUCKED BUT NOT BECAUSE OF THE GAY DADS

I don’t think anything Marissa Meyer writes will ever live up to the series that The Lunar Chronicles was, because this was HORRIBLE in comparison to that. I could’ve reread the whole Lunar Chronicles series in the time it took me to finish this AND enjoyed it all much more than this one.

🌹 PLOT

My main problem here is with HOW. SLOW. IT. WAS. For a book this size, it should’ve been action-packed & engaging & fast-paced. It wasn’t.

It took until
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Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
REVIEW TO COME TOMORROW.

THE REVIEW IS POSTED

3.8 STARS. Totally worth to read.


BOLD. VALIANT. JUST. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A HERO?


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
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Helena of Eretz ✰
Buddy read with my OG BR partner, Maica!

WHAT. OMG WHAT. WHAT WAS THAT ENDING?!

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)

RTC!
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R.K. Gold
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
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Set aside @ pg 171. I do want to finish this, just not right now.

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I'm here for aaaaaaall the gay dads :)

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oh my god you guys LOOK AT THIS COVER
April
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
my attention came and went in spikes while reading this 😪
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
dnf

i rather watch grass grow

RTC !!


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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:



WELL I HOPE THIS WAS WORTH BREAKING THE ONE THIN
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Matthew
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Heather
4.75

I did not expect to love this as much as I did...but it honestly could have been half the length.
Alaina
second time read and review!

I FREAKING LOVE RENEGADES GUYS. I'M SO FREAKING PUMPED TO DIVE INTO ARCHENEMIES. IT'S SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ME. STARING AT ME. GLARING AT ME. I MUST READ IT!!

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
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Lara
My review

4.5 stars

me, standing in my nightmare costume, drinking my fourth cup of coffee: guys we need to talk about Nova Artino


In Meyer's futuristic science-fiction novel superheroes meet politics and morale, yet when it all comes together, there is no right answer. I never thought I’d so thoroughly enjoy a book about superheroes, but here I stand, ready for more. I completely emerged myself in this world of self-righteous villains and questionable heroes, schemes and a community, in which one
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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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Lainey
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like the XMen/Sky High mash up I was waiting for.
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