Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
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 a villain who has the power to end them both.
With an intriguing summary and the promise of superheroes and villains, I couldn’t resist picking this book up and giving it a read. And, overall, I wasn’t disappointed. It’s hard to really mess up a book about good versus evil and it’s even harder when the author doesn’t show a bias to side of good or the side of evil so the reader can make the choice on who and what they agree with.
The book is, however, a little long in spots. I think a good fifty to a hundred pages could have been cut off to make it flow a little better but that’s a minor quibble. The book does have a large cast of secondary characters and the author seems to try and provide some backstory to them even if it’s very brief. I will admit to not retaining the real names and superhero names of some of the characters because they were glossed over and nothing made them jump out and be memorable.
Adrian and Nova, the two main characters are two sides of a different coin. One is the son of two of the greatest superheroes in existence and the other is the niece of one of the greatest villains ever. Nova is full of anger and resentment towards the superheroes and she’s hellbent on bringing them down. So, she goes undercover, joins the Renegades and in doing so gets closer to Adrian. There is, of course, the prototypical beginnings of a love story between the two leads and while I could take it or leave it, it was pretty cute and adorable.
As I mentioned earlier, I liked the attention paid to the philosophical part of a world run by superheroes. How regular people would become lax and lazy and would not help themselves, always relying on someone else to be there. How they became complacent and unwilling to even try to better themselves. The villains in the story are still villains but they’re given a good, proper motivation for what they do and what they’re working towards.
My favorite character in the story is the character of Max, the ten year old superhero with a power that’s more dangerous and deadly than anything anyone else has known. I’m hoping he gets to be a little more of a factor in the next book because of his ties to the main villain and how he helped bring him down.
Overall, not a bad book. Slow in parts, a little predictable, but enjoyable. I’ll be reading the follow up.