“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”
The Renegades trilogy is a young-adult series that is equal parts fantasy and science-fiction. The trilogy consists of: The Renegades (#1), Archenemies (#2) and Supernova (#3). Supernova was released at the beginning of this month, and was one of my most anticipated reads of this year.
In the Renegades world, there are normal people and there are people with superpowers (called ‘prodigies’). The prodigies are split further into Renegades (a special syndicate of prodigies who govern and protect the rest of society) and non-renegades. The non-renegades are more out-of-place in society and include various ‘villainous’ groups, the largest group being the Anarchists.
The Renegades and the Anarchists have not been on good terms for many years, and view each other as the enemy. The Anarchists send their youngest member Nova Artino (alias, Nightmare) to join the Renegades team. Of course, this is all a ruse and an attempt to infiltrate Renegades headquarters and overthrow the syndicate from the inside. While trying to put the Anarchists’ plans into action, Nova struggles with the growing relationship she has formed with her Renegades patrol team; it leads her to question her loyalties and the gray area between good and evil.
I enjoyed both book one and two of this trilogy, and was eager to see how things wrap up in the finale. I think for both readers and authors, final books can be a challenge. You’ve got all the preceding books to live up to, you want to make sure there aren’t any loose ends…and overall you want a satisfying final book. Thankfully, Supernova was an incredible finale to an incredible series.
I love that this series explores the blurry space between good and bad, between heroes and villains. It looks at how differing perspectives, judgements, and biases can affect our actions towards others. The series also questions the notion of second chances and redemption. It reflects on what it really takes to be a hero.
The characters in this series were amazingly written, and that’s something I’ve noticed with Meyer’s other books. Her cast of characters are diverse, unique and each has their own level of wit that I enjoy reading. Of course, discovering each characters’ superpowers added to the fun of this story. You have characters who are telekinetic, control armies of bees and wasps, characters who can make drawings come to life, create bombs in thin air, and more. The pacing was also great – there were several confrontations and fight scenes that gave me a lot of Marvel movie vibes! There’s also a light, slow-burn romance that didn’t take away from the main plot of the story.
Marissa Meyer is one of my favourite authors. Ever. I started reading her books in high school and I’ve loved every book she’s written. Super excited to see what’s coming next from that imaginative and creative mind of hers!
“But then – how much do we really know anyone? Can we say with absolute certainty that we even truly know ourselves?”
P.S. Here’s a blurry photo of me, all awkward and excited, with Marissa Meyer at her book signing last year haha!