Renegades by Marissa Meyer is a story of Superheroes and Supervillains, a premise that continues to fascinate and attract people (like me) with each new adaptation of the epic battle between good versus evil.
Because I’d so recently read Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart, I was a little skeptical going into this story. Both are about supervillains, and at first glance the premises seemed oddly similar. But thankfully, Meyer’s Renegades takes this premise for a new spin, with two narrators: one from the villain league, the Anarchists, and one from the hero’s group, the Renegades. These two narrators from opposite ideologies find their preconceived notions of the world and how it should be run challenged, and they begin to find who they are and who they want to be as well as the difference they want to make in the world.
I enjoyed Meyer’s exploration of two opposite ideologies, the roots of which you can see in our own political sphere. I also enjoyed her exploration of themes such as: the importance of family and friends, the connection between freedom and safety, and the value of independence.
While I was very impressed with Meyer’s main characters and the connection I felt to both of them despite their differences, I was a little disappointed with her antagonists. Meyer relied a lot on insanity to explain certain villain’s actions which felt like lazy storytelling at times.
Overall, this book left me with more questions than answers, but I am looking forward to reading the next and final one in November.