Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Renegades by Marrisa Meyer

I am thrilled to be part of the Canadian blog tour for Marissa Meyer's newest novel, Renegades. I am even more excited to be posting on the release day! You can pick up your copy in stores today!

Be sure to stop by the other stops for Q and A and other fun things with Marissa as well as some great reviews from my fellow bloggers.

I get to share a question Marissa answered about finding inspiration while writing Renegades. Her answer should not come as a surprise for those who know what Renegades is about.

Q: While writing Renegades, where did you turn for inspiration? For distraction?

Marissa Meyer: Lucky for me, there is a new superhero movie coming out in theaters every couple of months these days (at least, so it seems!), so I made excellent use of Hollywood’s generosity while writing this book. I usually set myself a series of goals—such as turning in the next draft or finishing a round of revisions—with the reward of a superhero movie at the end of it. From X-Men to Spider-Man, I’ve had plenty to motivate me the past couple of years.

Renegades by Marrisa Meyer
Release Date -  November 7, 2017
Publisher Website - Raincoast
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages -  576 pages
My Rating - 5/5
**received for an honest review from publisher**

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
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.
I was thrilled when I heard that Marissa Meyer would be writing a superhero / super villain novel as her next release. I anticipated a fun, thrilling read that captured what I love about about this genre. Renegades has everything I could want from a superhero story - action scenes, romance, over the top villains, and larger than life heroes.

Renegade vs Anarchist. Good vs Evil. Hero vs Villain. You may think that you know which side you are on but this story makes each side feel justified in their beliefs, even if it doesn't justify their actions. The reader is easily able to understand each point of view that is presented. The conflict, like many in this genre, is morally grey. There is no clear good or bad on either side. They each have legitimate reasons for what they are doing, even if the methods are not always advisable ones. The strongest stand out is the complexity of the characters. The heroes are flawed, and the villains perhaps have some truth behind their message, and horrible deeds. It makes for a rich story where your allegiances are not so much to a 'side' or 'team' but to characters and their journeys.

Many of the heroes and villains found within this story are reminiscent of characters we have already grown to love in other incarnations. This novel offers up Marissa Meyer's take on the superhero genre, tropes and all. What makes this story shine are the characters that we get to know the most. As the story unfolds you cannot help but come to care about Adrian and Nova. These two characters are written so well that they connect to the reader easily. The side characters are not as developed but there are more than a few standouts that offer up plenty of potential. I hope they are fleshed out more in subsequent books even if this is Adrian and Nova's story.

The world of Gatlon feels both familiar and new. It's every crumbling city in a superhero story and it's entirely its own. It is, in my opinion, a clever mix that works as the perfect backdrop to this story. Having to create a mythology for not just the characters, but the world around them is especially important in this genre. Where would Batman be without Gothmas? What is Spider-man without New York City? These settings are characters themselves in this genre. I feel there is a lot of potential in Gatlon and the backstory being woven. I cannot wait to dive further into it's mythology now that the ground work has been done.

As this is a Marissa Meyer book, I am sure it will not be a surprise to learn that there is romance. The romance in this particular book is filled with all the things that make for great drama. An Anarchist and a Renegade falling for each other is pretty much the basis for an epic romance, add in hidden identities and secrets and I was hooked. It's a very slow burn romance, and one that may never have the chance to fully get started, which is a large part of it's allure.

The ending, in typical fashion, offers up a jaw dropping moment that brings with it plenty of questions to be explored in the upcoming sequel. It sets the stage for an explosive follow up that should be entirely plot focused now that the world and the characters are set up. It's a dizzying ending that both excited and terrified for me for what is to come.

Marissa Meyer, once again, has crafted an entirely addicting read that I could not put down. It was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I predict that even those who are not fans of the superhero genre will find plenty to love within these pages, while those who do will delight in the winks and nods found throughout the story. It is the perfect book to tide you over between superhero movies, and I personally am already counting down the days until the sequel and cannot wait to experience the next twists in this thrilling story.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really glad you enjoyed the book. And I love the Thor gif! Perfect fit.


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