Finally this is here! Since reading the first Renegades book nearly a YEAR ago, I have finished this trilogy. I listened to the last 2 books really close to each other, so it’s time for a double review. You can also read my review for Renegades right here in case you missed it. Now let’s jump in! *I would suggest that if you haven’t caught up on this series, definitely read these last two before diving into these reviews. I will be giving spoilers for these last two books!*
Title: Archenemies (Renegades #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Release Date: November 6th 2018 from Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Narrators: Rebecca Soler & Dan Bittner
Listening Time: 14 hours, 33 mins
Goodreads Synopsis: Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:
As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.
As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist—a group of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them the most.
But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.
In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew—Ruby, Oscar, and Danna—are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice but also the feelings they have for each other.
The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their City—and the world—as they know it.
I got this book with an Audible credit quite a while ago, but I was going to wait to listen to this closer to the release date for the last book. So on a long drive, I started it and then finished it not long after that long car trip. I was really interested how this second book would handle the plot and what was going to happen to Adrian and Nova’s secret identities being revealed and their building romance. I was also wondering what else could happen with the overall plot after the events at the end of book one. While I liked parts of this sequel, I did feel like it suffered from “second book syndrome” and the title of Archenemies didn’t really fit for me.
But the first thing I liked was the “Agent N” story line! The fact that the Council developed Agent N, which neutralizes a Prodigy’s powers was nuts. Plus, the fact that they neutralize a well known Anarchist before EVERYONE in the Renegades squad was kind of freaky. You see right away how both Nova and Adrian react to this new weapon that the Council wants to use. You see right away that something this powerful will fall into the wrong hands and that it alone has too much power over someone’s life. I think this plot point made the overall story of this trilogy more layered and very interesting. I liked seeing both the good and bad points that are brought up over it and I liked how this plot point also impacted the last two books in this series. This plot point really made me also question the Council members. Part of me felt like they did manipulate Max’s powers in order to deal with the bad guys, but didn’t think it through. I questioned why these good guys would do such a thing and that was interesting.
Another thing I liked how Adrian developed as a character! Even though he was raised by the top two members of the Council, he really develops his own ideas and actions in this book. I liked how he developed his Sentinel powers and how he kept fighting for asking more questions. I also think he’s favorite character over Nova; he is very honest and knows his intentions, but is willing to ask questions when people won’t. He has some great moments with his two dads as he disapproves of the Agent N being developed. I also love his bond with Max and how that developed over the course of the book.
The next thing I liked was seeing how clever Nova was in continuing to deceive the Renegades. She gets a job in Archives to try and find Ace’s helmet. I liked seeing some of the items in the archives and how those items give a tiny bit more world building to people in the past that had powers. Nova really works to keep her mission true, despite her feelings for Adrian but also not agreeing with the rest of the Anarchists either. I liked how her bond to the other Anarchists were being tested, despite being raised by them. While she does have a bit growth in this one, I still think she wasn’t emotionally conflicted enough with her romance to Adrian. She clearly has feelings for him and I think that conflict could’ve made her more layered.
Another aspect that really grew on me was Oscar himself! This guy is hilarious! I love getting to know him more. He’s a cute and awkward guy who has a crush on Ruby and he’s trying so hard in this series to tell her how he feels. Their budding romance is very cute and funny and reminds me of how teens are in that stage when they like someone. I also like how Oscar and Ruby have more of a role in this series now and their loyalty and true friendship with Adrian was so nice to see.
The final thing I loved was the ending! The fact that most of Frostbite’s team gets neutralized was SO SATISFYING! I’ve hated Frostbite and her team and I was waiting for them to get some major karma delivered to them. Then, with the fight in the archives, what happens to Max, Adrian’s identity being revealed to a few people…so freaking good. I was wondering how this book was going to end, since most of the book was slower than I expected. But this buildup for the fight in the Archives felt very natural and I loved the raw hatred, uncertainty and shock that came with this ending. The ending really made me satisfied and increased my rating a bit. It also provides a good starting point for the final book.
Overall: With perfect narration from Soler and Bittner, this sequel has great ideas and some small developments despite a really slow pace. I was thinking that part of this could’ve been cut to further the plot along or had more emotional conflict with the romance. But that ending made the book better and this is a good enough sequel to the trilogy. The ending gave the book an extra half a star bump up to a 4 out of 5.
Title: Supernova (Renegades #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Release Date: November 5th 2019 from Feiwel & Friends (MacMillan)
Narrators: Rebecca Soler & Dan Bittner
Listening Time: 16 hours, 32 mins
Goodreads Synopsis: All’s fair in love and anarchy…
Supernova, the epic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.
I was so excited for this book to show up in my Audible library once my credit was available! I was really excited to see how this series ended, since the first book really surprised me. But also, since book two wasn’t the best sequel ever, I was hoping that this one would tie things together really well to make a good finale. I feel like sometimes that finales to YA series can be a mixed bag for many people, but this finale offers some great battle scenes, shocking answers and an epilogue that made me gasp! While the pacing was improved in this one compared to Archenemies, there were a few sections that still felt a little too long. But overall, still a great conclusion.
The first thing I really liked seeing was how Nova’s true identity as Nightmare was dealt with. The author really had fun with making you think that it was going down one way, but not exactly. Nova really is a good actor sometimes with convicting even the most suspicious people and she kept up the act very well. This whole plot thread led her down an interesting path that further changed her ideas on how heroes and villains should be controlled/free to choose/etc.
The next thing I loved was how Agent N became a major consequence and question for the characters. With the battle that happened at the end the second book, the use of Agent N both cause people to not want to use it and others wanting to be revealed to the public sooner. It was also interesting seeing how some renegades were turning against the Council and questioning their allegiance when Frostbite and a few others reveal some interesting revelations. This felt very natural in showing that not all heroes always make good decisions and this tension made the plot thicken and more interesting. There was also the question on how to deal with Ace Anarchy and Nightmare herself, which is all I will say on that to prevent more spoilers.
The final thing I’ll talk about that I loved were how we finally got answers to a lot of questions. Without giving much away, some answers really shocked me and some didn’t quite surprise me but were dealt with very well. I loved seeing how these answers changed a few people’s opinions and really brought out some raw emotions. The finale to this book was action packed, intense and I still kept guessing on how things would turn out. I liked the ending, while it was slightly rushed in a few areas. But then, you have the epilogue and all I want to say is that it not only made me scream but now I need another story lol.
Any cons that I have are that I wish that Nova and Adrian’s romance was balanced a bit better. The second book was the main book that gave the romance a bit of room, but I think the slow burn aspect was a bit too slow. I mentioned in the review above for the second book that Nova should’ve been a bit more emotionally conflicted to both serve her purpose as an Anarchist but her love for Adrian really made her question which side she was on. I still like them together, but wish there was a bit more meat to it. Also, I think that characters like Captain Chromium could’ve used a bit more time on him for certain reasons and that Agent N should’ve had a bit more conclusive ending.
Overall: With perfect narrators once again bringing so much life to this series, Supernova was a good finale! The revelations were great, awesome battle scenes, some good extra world building, great character moments and one bomb epilogue. Marissa Meyer continues to improve her craft and I’m excited to see what she does next. The hype for this series is worth it, despite some slow spots and some missed moments for romance and other character development. While the first book is still my favorite, I’m so glad I gave this series a chance.
Rating: .25 stars
Have you guys read this trilogy? If so, which book is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!