We were all villains, once.
-Renegades by Marissa Meyer
In a world where superheroes are leaders as well as champions, Nova Artino has grown up among the villains they once defeated. She’s set on vengeance and justice, and when she infiltrates the Renegade headquarters, she’s on her way to achieving just that. Adrian Everhart is one of the superheroes, or Renegades, and although he isn’t certain whether the current system is perfect, he despises the defeated villains—like Nova. When their paths collide, both unknowing of the other’s hidden identity, they form a partnership which could easily be destroyed by learning the truth. But which side will the connection profit? And when the struggle comes, who will win dominance—the heroes or the villains?
Renegades is a well-written and executed novel which simultaneously creates a dangerous and enthralling story and makes fun of every superhero book ever written. It pulls you in from the first sentence and through a combination of Marissa Meyer’s excellent writing and deep, multilayered characters. Nova, Adrian and all the supporting characters, both Renegades and villains, are full of multiple layers and complicated thoughts. I highly recommend Renegades to readers ages twelve and up.