In this second novel in the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer the woven web of lies and the deepening of emotions make for greater conflict and misunderstanding.
My issue with this book, and in the series in general, is that I do not buy in to Nova's reason for being so vehemently against the Renegades. I can accept that she thinks they have too much power and that they cause an unhealthy level of superhero-dependency in the population. I completely agree with her that they play God when they have no right. However, the initial reason for her desire for revenge is a weak one.
Nova wants to punish the Renegades for not saving her family from being murdered when she was a little girl. My issue with this is, how were they supposed to KNOW that her family was in immediate danger? Even her uncle Ace arrived too late to save them. Nova is really angry with herselffor not taking action. She blames the Renegades for her inaction because she believed they would arrive in time to save her family. Is this false hope of a 6 year old girl really a reason to want to kill people who dedicate their lives to helping others? It isn't as if the Renegades were the ones who murdered her family and, if they had known her family was in trouble, they would have tried to help.
From what I have learned about Nova- she is good. She is a humanitarian. She cares. She is a much better person than the other Anarchists, who crave power and wealth. I do not find it believable that she could so ignorantly go along with Ace's plans when she has such a different moral compass.
My hope is that, in the next book, Nova and Adrian realize that they are both on the same page, and that it is a different one from their families. I hope all the lies and misunderstandings get sorted out. More than anything, I hope Nova realizes how pathetically weak her case is to justify desiring the death of Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden. There are no "good guys" and "bad guys." I want to believe that Nova and Adrian will be smart enough to realize that.
Overall, this is a fun superhero/supervillain story with lots of interesting superpowers, a sweet love interest, and a very teenage vibe. The story takes a while to develop but the ending is rather spectacular. They are worth the read.
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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