The Renegades have been circulating a lot of hype on Goodreads recently, and once again, silly me bought into the hype.
I didn't hate the book but neither did I particularly like it. It wasn't bad, but neither was it good. It was in the essence of the word - very mediocre.
First things first - why was it 550 pages long? I just cannot comprehend WHY did it need to be that long?? It could have been 200 pages shorter and nothing important would have been missing.
“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there's hope that tomorrow night might be better.”
I generally like Marissa Meyer so maybe I just wasn't into all of the superhero stuff that was going on in this book. I thought it would be more about people breaking the law (more like Six of Crows crew, you know...)
The only character I really liked was Adrian (little sweet cinnamon roll). He was sweet and funny, and generally good. And he was smart - he was questioning the structure and was trying to do something about it. I also adored his relationship with The Bandit. And his alter ego was also kind of cool. Not to mention that he probably had the best super power!
On the other hand I could not connect to Nova at all. Her logic seemed ridiculous and her motives flawed and insubstantial. She was also very inconsistent in her thoughts and actions. One time she would be saying that her hate for Renegades comes because they didn't come when she needed and depended on them, and then she criticizes people who depend and wait for Renegades. There were so many eye opening things for her to see and I feel like her remaining on the bad side and being hateful towards renegades was just plain stubborn on her part, without being logically substantial.
I was also quite saddened by a lack of development on Honey and Leroy's characters. I feel like they could have been so much more - their powers seemed to be definitely the most interesting. And Phobia's as well. He was barely there and thus his character didn't get any attention till the very end, which in my opinion was kinda wasteful. Couldn't stand the Detonator from the start. But did enjoy Ruby and Smokescreen a lot.
I feel like all of the side characters had an immense potential but somehow they got lost between the many, many pages of... To be honest I still don't know what the 550 pages were filled with? I found myself being a bit bored at times, but nothing too bad as the writing was very smooth and easy to read.
“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”
I guessed the final twist from the start. I just did - maybe it was hinted between the pages, or maybe I just had a hunch, but I wasn't surprised. Also in instances when the book wanted the reader to be scared for character's lives - I just wasn't, because once again the way everything was written I just knew that they all will be okay.
Overall I found The Renegades to be like a cheesy Disney super hero movie with many cliches all thought-out. And once again - it was just way too long!
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