Spoiler-Free Review: Renegades

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“Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did. It was about who you saved when they needed saving.”

In a world where superheroes rule the world, how can you tell the good guys from the bad guys?

Author: Marissa Meyer

 

Nova is a “super villain” or an Anarchist. She was raised by her uncle after her family was killed. When the Renegades declare themselves rulers of the city and killed her uncle, Nova becomes determined to take down the Renegades, and free the “sheeple” from their control.

When the Renegades start looking for new super-powered children to train, Nova enlists to take the enemy down from within. Will Nova undermine them, or will they undermine everything Nova has been taught to believe?

I really enjoyed this book. (Yeah, I’m a comic’s nerd, you put superheroes in it and I’ll read it) but this to me is one of the great things you can do with the superhero genre: discuss issues of power. Not simply social justice power dynamics, but political systems and the corrupting influence of power itself. 

I eagerly await reading the sequel to this novel and I am excited to see were Nova’s story goes.

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