Genre: Sci-fi Age Range: YA Star Rating: 4 stars Series: yes - finale of trilogy
All’s fair in love and anarchy…
Nova and Adrian are fighting to keep their identities secret. While the battle rages on between their alter egos and their allies, there is a darker threat shrouding Gatlon City.
The Renegades’ worst enemy is back among them, threatening to reclaim Gatlon City. Nova and Adrian must brave lies and betrayal to protect those they love. Their greatest fears are about to come to life, and unless they can bridge the divide between heroes and villains, they stand to lose everything. Including each other.
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Well, I finally got around to this book! I think it’s been two years since release? After the disappointment of book 2 (which was less engaging a second read around as I knew nothing was going to change in the overall story), I’ve been putting this book off for a while. I love the first book; it’s such a fun take on superheroes, with all the vibrancy of outlandish comic adventures, innovative powers, and an exploration of right vs wrong of superheroes.
This finale was more like the first book than the third, thankfully. I’m glad I did finally get around to it (and that GILDED, though not hitting the right notes for me, did spur me on to finally finish this series. There aren’t all that many superhero books out there, certainly not in YA, but this book is a homage to them and all the reasons we love watching them on film.
It is that fun, bombastic superhero tale, where the characters are forced to change and things happen that affect the world and plot. It also has a big, epic final battle, with a lot of fun use of powers, death, and sacrifices. I’d have been so disappointed if we didn’t get an all out battle, so I’m very glad we did get that. The Adrian/Phobia showdown was my favourite.
The number of times the book switches between who people think others are has to be some sort of record. It was a bit like whiplash as the characters swung between trusting Nova and not – and her own internal battle over which side she was on. I quite liked what happened to Nova very early on, but I think there were three or four bounces in how others saw her, which did feel a bit repetitive.
The epilogue feels like it’s trying to set up the possibility of a spin off, with a big bombshell in those closing pages. Despite the climax feeling like the end of a trilogy, that epilogue sort of shatters that. I don’t think I’d want a spin off (series should come to natural ends and not be stretched out), and so something that’s clearly trying to leave an option for more books just feels off.
Read my reviews of other books by Marissa Meyer:
Renegades (this series):
- GILDED (#1)