Thursday, January 18, 2018

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - ESSENTIAL

Meyer, Marissa Renegades, 552 pages.  Feiwel and Friends, 2017.  $20.  Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G (non-descriptive LGBTQ relationship); Violence: PG-13 (lots of fighting, murders)

Ten years earlier, after a gang killed her parents and little sister, Ace Anarchy rescues Nova and took her into his ragtag group of Anarchists – people with superpowers who were rebelling against all forms of government control over, especially since those governments were anti-super.  But Ace was later defeated by the Renegades, a group using their powers for good, meaning defeat the Anarchists and restore order to the world.  Now (ten years later), Nova and the remaining Anarchists keep trying to find ways to take down the Renegades.  After the latest failed attempt, Nova decides to make the ultimate sacrifice – pose as a prodigy and join the Renegades herself – take down the enemy from within.  But when Nova sees the Renegades and gets to know them, will her heart still be bent on vengeance?

Thankfully the romance in this book is not so obviously Nova’s impetus for any of the choices she makes.  Meyer draws a nicely conflicted character surrounded by flawed systems and individuals.  She keeps getting stronger as a weaver of tales.

MS, HS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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