“Secret identities. Extraordinary powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.”
I had heard a lot about this book on Goodreads and Booktube. So I decided to finally pick it up, I love anything written about superheroes and supervillains. It is one of my all time favorite tropes. So this book sounded just up my alley.
In this book we follow Nightmare ( Nova Artino) and her trying to get vengeance for her Uncles death. We also follow Sketch (Adrain Everhart) and his journey trying to get Justice for his mothers death. Nova is an Anarchist while Adrian is a Renegade. Nova decides to infiltrate the Renegades headquarters by becoming a Renegade hoping to gain insight on how to hit the Renegades and bring them down. She slowly starts to become very morally grey rather than down right evil. She starts to notice that perhaps the Renegades aren’t as bad as people once thought they were, or perhaps it is a select few that abuse their abilities and places in power.
The characters in this novel were very well developed and unique. I loved the use of the abilities and how they were each so different but yet useful in their own ways. I also enjoyed the dynamic between Adrian and Nova and I am really rooting for a bit of a back burner romance rather than just some stolen looks. The Renegades are the “Heroes” in this novel, although sometimes even a hero makes mistakes and crosses the thin line into villainy. The Anarchists are exactly as their name represents although sometimes what seem deem as “evil” really does come from a good thought. This novel delves into the difference between good and evil and the reasons for such. I loved how it delved into the topic rather than the standard “These characters are good and these characters are bad.” It definitely left me with a lot to think about and consider.
The plot in this book was a bit messy in the beginning as we didn’t know who anyone originally was or why they were on the sides they were. As the story progressed we got a very deep insight into the characters and their reasoning’s. This made me fall in love with the characters and the plot. I wanted so much more in this novel…yes I know there is book two and I plan to read it in June. The main story line was so intricate and well written that I really want it to be a TV series or movie. I could see it doing very well. The plot twist at the end had me speechless, it definitely wasn’t where I thought this story was going to go. With that said, it did set up for book two and I cannot wait to delve into that one.
This book had so much going on and never any dry spots. There was constantly action or conflict which kept me entertained and enthralled throughout the whole process. I think Marissa Meyer has grown substantially as an author, and I plan to continue reading this series all the way through. I believe it is only a trilogy but time will tell. This is a novel I think whether old or young people will enjoy it. They will fall in love with the world and the characters.
I gave this book a 5/5 star and definitely have it set up in my top 10 of 2019 so far.