Renegades was pretty RAD!

*Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


Yes, I’m unapologetically using the word “rad”, because I am just that cool.

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(I swear this book is better than my awful use of slang)

From the opening line, I knew I was in for an exciting ride. The writing gripped me from the opening sentence and I was utterly engrossed right up until the very end. It was full of great twists and turns, leading upto an ending that I wasn’t actually expecting. I have heard some complaints about pacing for this one, but I just didn’t see it that way at all. For me, the action kept on rolling up and down the rollercoaster from beginning to end.

There was also plenty going on under the surface and had layers of mystery that I couldn’t wait to get to the bottom of. While Renegades perhaps could have done a bit more to keep me on the edge of my seat, given how popular the genre is right now, there was still an element of complexity and just enough intrigue to keep me wondering what was going to happen next.

Now I went into this book fully aware that some people had compared this to the X Men- and there are definitely elements of that. However, for me personally, this felt more like a homage than a ripoff. Especially as there were some cool concepts incorporated into the story. Thanks to a few changes of setting and tweaks to the story, this took on a life of its own. I think it also helped that I wasn’t really expecting anything ground-breaking or original (c’mon at this point, the formula for a superhero story is ironed out and this is a YA retelling of that same idea)

Renegades was somewhat faithful to the idea of what a superhero should be, yet still managed to play about a little with the idea of villainy. This made for some GREAT characters- and I especially liked Nova as the female lead. Plus, it didn’t hurt that the powers, especially Sketch’s, were really cool.

Above all, it was FUN. A lot of superhero stories have lost that lately- but this was thoroughly enjoyable.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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Have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

60 thoughts on “Renegades was pretty RAD!

  1. Well, you have certainly convinced me to give this one a go. Not that I need a lot of convincing when you mention that it’s an homage to X-men, but I thought I would just say it anyway 😊 So another book to add to the list. Great post as always! 😀

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  2. Glad you liked this one! I really struggled with it, and the style and I just didn’t click, though I could see potential in some of the characters (as far as me and them went). It wasn’t a hit for me, but I can see why for others it would be!

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  3. I’m reading Renegades right now and I’m really loving it! I didn’t have a lot of expectations going in either, aside from expecting it to be good 😂 I loved the Lunar Chronicles and enjoy Meyer’s writing style. With about 150 pages left, I’m really not sure how I think it will end! I’m looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds and hopefully getting the answers to some questions 😉

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  4. I also really enjoyed this one. I think Meyers is good at adding subtle complex themes. I also didn’t think the book was slow-paced, which I’ve seen as a common criticism.

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  5. I’m so glad you wrote a positive review. I love Superhero stories and I was so excited when I saw this coming out, but I’ve seen so many ‘not so happy’ reviews and it’s made me nervous. You’ve made me feel excited again!

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  6. I have seen quiet a few mixed reviews for this book lately, so I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it! 🙂 From the premise this book sounds amazing and I definitely plan on picking it up, though I really want to finish The Lunar Chronicles first. Great review! 🙂

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  7. I’m really glad you enjoyed this book. I’ve seen a fair few reviews out there that are mixed simply because of the slow pacing this one had but I rated Renegades four stars as well because, for me, even though the story was slow there was something about the world and the writing and the characters that kept me hooked.
    The ending was definitely unexpected for me as well, and it made me even more excited for the sequel than I was simply because it’s being written by Marissa Meyer! 😀
    Great review. 🙂 ❤

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  8. I am totally crazy.. I swear I saw you that the post was titled: Renegades was pretty bad… and I was expecting a full on rant 😀 hahahaha, imagine my surprise…
    really glad you actually enjoyed the book though and it’s nice to hear the superheroes are put to good use bc I agree on some level that it has been rather ironed out but if someone can make it interesting again then why not… 😉

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    1. hhahaha easily done 😉 Yes absolutely! I feel like there are an awful lot of them about nowadays, so that was the one reason I was really nervous to pick it up, especially when people were saying it’s a lot like other things. But it just goes to show, if it’s done well, I’ll probably enjoy most superhero stories 😉

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  9. OK, so I admit, I removed this from my TBR after reading some very “concerning” reviews haha. But your words have renewed my faith. I just might have to pick it up soon! It is wonderful to see such praise 🙂 I am still a tad meh about super heroes but I love her writing, so who knows?!

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    1. haha I get that- I was almost put off too 😉 I’m glad I could renew your faith! Fantastic!! I totally get that 😉 If you like her writing then I definitely think it’s worth it, cos I’ve always enjoyed her writing style and it was true to form 🙂


  10. Fantastic honest review as always! I love that you didn’t see it as a X-Men rip-off, but rather an homage. That fine line between the two makes all the difference in the world! So glad to see that this was such a fun ride though! 😀

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  11. Interesting review, I have seen the title around a lot but in hauls not review so I have been curious as to what the turn out was going to be like. I am pretty unfamiliar with most super hero stories so that might help for this book.

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