On My Bookshelf: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

August 05, 2019

In Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Nova and Adrian (Sketch) are both living double lives, unbeknownst to each other, and each of them hate the other’s other persona. Nova is really Nightmare, part of the Anarchist family, villains with an odd collection of evil powers, like controlling bees and showing people their worst fears. Sketch doubles as the Sentinel, a rogue superhero created from the tattoos that Sketch has drawn on himself. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.
The basic plot from Amazon: 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 the villains who have the power to end them both.

Why I liked it: I was a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless, so I was interested to see Marissa Meyer’s move away from fairy tale retellings and into superheroes, though both the Lunar Chronicles and Renegades series are futuristic. Like Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, it took me a little while to buy into the world of the Renegades, but soon enough I was hooked.
In Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Nova and Adrian (Sketch) are both living double lives, unbeknownst to each other, and each of them hate the other’s other persona. Nova is really Nightmare, part of the Anarchist family, villains with an odd collection of evil powers, like controlling bees and showing people their worst fears. Sketch doubles as the Sentinel, a rogue superhero created from the tattoos that Sketch has drawn on himself. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.

Nova and Adrian (Sketch) are both living double lives, unbeknownst to each other, and each of them hate the other’s other persona. Nova is really Nightmare, part of the Anarchist family, villains with an odd collection of evil powers, like controlling bees and showing people their worst fears. Sketch doubles as the Sentinel, a rogue superhero created from the tattoos that Sketch has drawn on himself. Nova is spirited and feisty. I couldn’t help but root for her as she attempts to infiltrate the Renegades so that the Anarchists can destroy them, but also root for her relationship with Sketch and her underlying desires to let go of her Anarchist past.

Classroom application: I would recommend this book to middle school students and up, especially comic books fans.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Renegades for yourself, you can find it on Amazon here.

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In Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Nova and Adrian (Sketch) are both living double lives, unbeknownst to each other, and each of them hate the other’s other persona. Nova is really Nightmare, part of the Anarchist family, villains with an odd collection of evil powers, like controlling bees and showing people their worst fears. Sketch doubles as the Sentinel, a rogue superhero created from the tattoos that Sketch has drawn on himself. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.

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