The Renegades trilogy started a few years ago by Marissa Meyer and I’ve been reading it since 2018. I was really excited for the final novel in the series and it came out at the end of last year, so why did I wait until now to read it?
Because I’m a big baby, that’s why.
If you’ve noticed anything this year in my posts, it’s that I’m finally getting around to the third book in series. I really only have one more to go (that I can think of) and I haven’t read that one yet, but I will be sure to review it once I do. Supernova was next on my list of books to finally read and I placed the hold at my library a few months ago and when it finally came in I was like, “OK, this is it. This is the time I finally read Supernova.” I turned on my switch and started playing Animal Crossing and played the audiobook at the same time. It was quite the contrasting experience lol.
The story of Supernova picks up right after the events of Archenemies while still recapping the events of the previous book for you. We have high stakes and tension right from the jump and it’s hold on for dear life as we go with the twists and turns. Nova and Adrian’s relationship is progressing but the secrets that divide them are becoming bigger and bigger until finally, they burst. Something that I expected to happen towards the end of the book happened in the first third so you can imagine how my brain had to scramble to figure out where the story was going to go next.
Way to subvert our expectations, Meyer.
The next big WOWZA of this book was just how many character deaths there are. I mean… staggering. I don’t want to spoil any of it, but I will say that though not graphic, it does describe how these people die so if that’s something that bothers you, just be ready. Among all this turmoil, Nova is trying to help the Anarchists and their plan for freedom. It’s causing a strain on all of her relationships and is putting herself in a position where she’s standing up for people she didn’t think she would have. She is questioning her beliefs and forging strong personal ideals no matter what side they fall on.
I will say, I felt a little disappointed by some characters in this book. I felt that they went from complex, well motivated people to two dimensional characters. I’m not entirely sure why it had to be that way, I think it made for a less exciting and tense drama since it became pretty cookie cutter and obvious how things would go. That’s not to say that I don’t think this book wrapped up the series well, it definitely did, but it was wrapped up in a cheesy way. Renegades and Archenemies introduced really nuanced and provocative characters and I was excited to see how everything would play out in the end, but some big players lost they’re complexity and the story lagged because of it. If you’ve read the previous installments and have yet to read Supernova, I think now is the time to just cross that bridge.
As a side note, I read the epilogue and sadly had kind of guessed that that was a thing that may happen. I understand how thrilling it would have been if that wasn’t even something on your radar and for most readers I’m sure it wasn’t, but one clue stuck out in my head as I was reading the book and it made it cross my mind. But, I do think it’s something that can motivate people to read this book so… read it.