Description: Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
My Thoughts: I will start by saying that I did read this books in two days. Though long, it has a pacing that keeps you glued to the text and skipping through the pages with easy. The main renegades (i.e. Adrien's team, not the council) are easily distinguishable and both Adrian and Nova have personalities that are engaging. Yet the Superhero theme seemed to be to be both a hit and a miss.
The hit is that the story has engaging action and that most everything was bright colors and chaos in my imagination. But the miss was that I found it really heard to believe that this was what would come from a worldwide collapse of government. I also struggled to accept that idea that prodigies (superheroes) have existed all along, but were pretty much always killed off before the public could hear about them. This might have made sense, if the prodigies were like mutants and had their powers since birth. Yet, at about the two-third's marker, it is revealed that this is not the case, but that most prodigies receive their powers through a traumatic event in their life. Which leads me to question, how awful are all these people's lives if there are hundreds and hundreds prodigies and 72 percent were not born with those powers?
The story is engaging, one that I intend to continue with in the next book. Yet it is entertaining in a very high level of suspension of disbelief sort of way. And for me, that disbelief was an active choice to keep going even when I stumbled across so many holes in logic, as well as a good portion of the story that I felt could have been cut without losing anything.
In the end, I do not want to put anyone off of reading this. There is still a lot of entertainment to be had, I just want everyone to know what they are in for.
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