Marissa Meyer is too legit to quit. She has never failed to suck me into one of her stories, and this one does NOT disappoint. I’m legit hooked.
Anarchists vs. Renegades
“All revolutions come with death; some must die so that others might have life. It is a tragedy, but it is also a truth.” Chapter 10
Villains vs. Heroes
This was so well written. There is a lot of political angles of this. This is a world ruled by heroes, and the promises they make to have a peaceful and utopia world… even though, a lot of their promises never actually come into reality.
But why do you need powers to actually make a difference? That’s a key point in this and I think Meyer is trying to get an idea across to her readers: even if you deem yourself ordinary, doesn’t mean that you can’t make the difference.
There is so much diversity and so much creativity in this. And nothing feels forced. Even the “love interest” isn’t forced and it isn’t rushed like most young adult books which is something I absolutely was rooting for. Nothing was instant and nothing was dramatic. It was just adorable. There is another pair I am rooting for that’s hinted at though… and I think you know which pair it is.
Nova is our main girl and she is an Anarchist, which is considered a bad group of guys to the public. She sees the Renegades as the bad guys though, and is determined to take them down for the controlling-superheroes they are. When she finally gets to see what really goes on at their headquarters though, she starts to view things a litter differently.
“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”
There are a lot of hints at a bigger plot forming. I’m really excited for the next book (I believe this is going to be a duology?) and I am hoping it goes out with a bang.
So I made a list as I read (I listened to the majority of the book so I could start first thing in the morning as I got ready for work) and then when I got the physical copy, saw they had a list of the main characters too. I decided to keep my list, since I have a few other characters that aren’t on the official list; therefore, if you don’t want to know anything about characters, don’t read on! Nothing is really a spoiler, but you might enjoy finding out about the characters yourself!
Nova Artino | Nightmare/Insomnia
She can put people to sleep with skin-to-skin contact and never sleeps herself. Her parents and baby sister were killed when she was little… and she has a giant grudge on the Renegades.
Adrian Everheart | Sentinal/Sketch
He can breathe life, or just make things real, into the things that he draws. So, if he drew headphones, he could breathe on it and the drawing would become headphones. The Renegades and The Anarchists don’t know that he is Sentinal. This is not a spoiler because you learn this in the first few chapters and is a big deal to the actual plot.
Winston Pratt | Puppeteer
He likes to put children under his spell. He can control people to do his bidding. He’s kind of creepy.
Ingrid Thompson| Detonador
Has a thing for bombs. A ‘thing’ meaning she can create explosives from the air and can be detonated whenever she feels the need to do so.
Honey Harper | Queen Bee
She has a thing for bees and wasps. I think she can control them if she wanted to. Also, this is the scariest power I have ever heard of in my life and I will never ever wish to meet or be Queen Bee.
Ruby Tucker | Red Assassin
A part of Adrian’s Renegade Team. She can bleed into jewel-like weapons. That’s super unique and really fascinates me and I want to know more. She has black and white hair.
Leroy | Cyanide
He has a thing for poisons and can create them through his skin. Seems to be a mentor to Nova.
Tamaya Rae | Thunder Bird
This is basically Storm from the X-Men universe. Which I am not mad about. I feel like every story can benefit from their own, personal storm.
Hugh Everhart | Captain Chromeon
One of the original Renegades. Adrian’s dad. He’s superman minus the kryptonite and plus the ability to generate chromium weaponry.
Simon Westwood | The Dread Warden
One of the original Renegades. Adrian’s other dad. He can turn invisible.
____ | Lady Indomitable
Adrian’s mother. An Original Renegade. She was killed when Adrian was little.
Uncle Ace | Ace Anarchy
Nova’s uncle, the leader of The Anarchists. He’s a telepath.
Genissa Clark | Frostbite Chapter 10
She has transparent skin (so you can see the veins underneath) and she can use ice. She is in charge of her own group at Renegades, but her team doesn’t seem to be liked very much.
____ | Aftershock Chapter 10
He creates earthquakes.
____ | Sting Ray Chapter 10
Not much was said besides he moves really smoothly, has a barbed tail and has beady-eyes. Doesn’t sound like someone who enjoys the sun.
____ | The Gargoyle Chapter 10
Skin can change into solid stone and he’s a giant.
? | Phobia
No one knows his given name. Has a thing for shadows. Do I sense a little Darkling? He seems to be able to tell things about people without them saying a thing.
Millie | A Member of the Ghouls Chapter 13
Psychometry: the ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them (The Diviners, anyone?). She’s a hoarder.
Gene Crowen | The Librarían
Basically has a photographic memory, but for words. He has a granddaughter that has an amazing power that reminds me of parts of Harry Potter!
Kasumi Hasegawa | Tsunami
Can manipúlate and generate wáter.
Oscar Silva | Smokescreen
A part of Adrian’s Renegade Team. Can make fog/Smoke/basically obscure your vision. He’s a cripple with a witty tongue. Also, he’s my favorite.
Maggie | Magpie Chapter 20
Sticky-fingers. She’s good at stealing.
Dana Bell | Monarch
A part of Adrian’s Renegade Team. She can fall into a bunch of butterflies. She is good at surveillance. Oh, and she has some killer dreads.
Max | The Bandit
He’s dangerous… and valuable. And adorable, can I hug him?