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Renegades is a book that I have been putting off for a while. I have been very hesitant in diving in because of the lackluster early reviews. It’s unfortunate, really because Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite YA authors. I finally listened to the audiobook this month and I liked it?
So, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book. Let’s just say that it is a very sloooooow book. I mean, the world building is amazing! In fact, it’s as vivid as her world building in The Lunar Chronicles, but I think this book was like an introduction to the whole Gatlin world.
The whole feel of the book reminded me of a mash of X-Men: First Class, Watchmen, and The Hunger Games. In a sense that there were young kids trying out to be a Prodigy (
mutants people with powers), there are superheroes and villains, the whole world knows about the mutants prodigies, there is a Professor X-type character and the prodigies age (fairly similar to Watchmen). I think this is just too close to the superhero blockbuster movies that are the current rage, so it took me out of the book quite a bit.
I also have to say that I KNEW THE TWIST IN THE END halfway through the book! Ugh! This is really depressing! I don’t know what this has been happening, because I also knew who the villain was in another YA sci-fi fantasy that I read this month.
I know this review kind of sounds like a negative review, but this is actually a more meh review.
Nova as a character was okay. By the way, she is half-Filipino half-Italian which is an AWESOME thing because – #diversity. And I’m also Filipino, so. But that fact didn’t really affect the book in a larger sense. Adrian was pretty cool, though. I liked his powers and it was pretty interesting where Marissa Meyer went with his character. I am intrigued by a character named, Max.
The prodigies here also have superhero and villain names, and at some point, some of it seemed too cheesy. I liked Nova’s villain name Nightmare!
Renegades is written in the third person but in 2 POVs – Nova and Aiden. However, the book does not alternate between the two POVs. I thought that was unique and refreshing.
Thoughts on the Audio
I listened to the audiobook and it’s read by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner. Rebecca narrated The Lunar Chronicles series, so her tone and voice aren’t new to me. I will have to say that she is not using a lot of variety in her voices.
Dan Bittner was an awesome narrator, though. I liked his tone and pacing and his female voices weren’t in that annoying high-pitched voice. I think his old person voice is very good.
Have you read this book yet? What did you think about the glaring similarities between X-men and Watchmen? Was it too distracting for you?
Do you hate it when you can predict who the villain OR the twist is about halfway (or earlier) through the book?