Thursday, May 10, 2018

Audio Book Review: Renegades


By:  Melissa Meyer

Publish Date:  November 7, 2017, Audiobook Release November 7, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 16 hrs 58 mins
Narrated By:  Rebecca Soler & Dan Bittner

Genre:  Fantasy, Superheroes

Series:  1st in Renegades series

Impression:  Who are the superheroes?

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.

First Sentence:
We were all villains in the beginning.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

We get the story from Nova's point of view and Adrian's. When we see through Nova's eyes, Rebecca voices the story and all characters. Dan narrates the story in the chapters through Adrian's eyes. I love how Rebecca voices the characters! We hear her as a young Nova in the Prologue. She's soft and then scared. But in Chapter 1, wow. Rebecca grows bold with Nova being ten years older and we hear the attitude and innuendos that are spoken when mocking something. Great! It feels real! Dan fit the male view of Adrian's story. He adds character to all characters he voices, just like Rebecca does in her chapters. I found there was no deterrence from the characters with two narrators. They brought the characters to life with similar feels. It's also blanketed with a feel of how Adrian sees others.

Melissa is talented at giving the details and drawing the moment to a tunnel, drawing me in as we narrow closer and closer to the big moment. It's just long enough to make me stop and focus on what will happen.

When you have several different super powers fighting, things aren't always easy or cut and dry to get away. Melissa uses this to keep the fights interesting, interjecting events and items that fit the characters present yet something to keep our attention. But she also knows the fights aren't quick and easy. This makes the battles more difficult and unyielding until you truly get away. Yes! Awesome.

In the beginning, I saw so many potential connections. And what our two main characters want. There is so much hinted at in the beginning, I couldn't help but want to know how it would all come together and what we would learn.

I love that there's a parallel between what Nova wants and what Adrian wants. They both see things in a similar way when it comes to people and superheroes. They just don't realize it. And they go about it in different manners, as that's how they were raised. But Nova, being in the position she takes to help the Anarchists, sees things aren't as she suspected with the Renegades. At least with what they are trying to do and Adrian's kindness. Unfortunately, the Anarchists aren't loyal to each other or an ultimate plan and she knows that as well.

I enjoy how Nova finds something in the Renegades that she didn't expect to find there. She starts to find friends and people who care. I love how Nova and Adrian find each other and there is a growth between them. It's gentle and easy, but they do find an attraction there. It's lovely and fun to watch. With being audio, there are moments where you can hear the question or awkwardness in their voices as they aren't sure if they are saying or doing things right. It's adorable.

This story brings out many possibilities in the world and lives of the Renegades and Anarchists. I enjoyed the story thoroughly, yet in the end I know this book is an opening for what's to come. So many possibilities and beliefs in the characters. Now, I'm expecting action to take place with the ground work put in place. I look forward to the next novel(s) to come for all this to come to fruit.

I could see some similarities to the Marvel superheroes and villains, but these characters have their own stories to tell and live. But, if you enjoy the Marvel characters, I think you'll enjoy this book.

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  1. I would never want powers or be a superhero. Too many rules to follow.

  2. I saw different reviews about this one

  3. One does always enjoy the marvel ones

  4. I knew I should have grabbed this one


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