Good v. Evil, Round 1


Meet Adrian Everhart, alias: Sketch. Adrien is a superhero with the ability to bring his drawings to life. He is as close to Renegade royalty as there is. His adopted fathers, Hugh Everhart and Simon Westwood, known to the world as Captain Chromium and The Dread Warden, are founding members and de facto leaders of the organization.

Nova Artino (alias: Nightmare) is a villain who can induce sleep with a single touch. Nova was raised by her uncle Ace, the most infamous villain in history. Her Uncle Ace, known to the world as Ace Anarchy, once ruled Gatlon City. That is until the Renegades, a group of superheroes, took him down. Now Nova and the rest of the Anarchists live in the subway tunnels below the city while the renegades are celebrated and revered. When the chance came for Nova to exact revenge by infiltrating the renegades, she welcomed the opportunities with open arms.

When Nova ‘Mclain’ joins Adrian's team, they both have to alter their previous conceptions about the divide between good and evil, villains and heroes.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
This is a satisfying, typical young adult novel. The diversity is great, and there are great LGBTQ+ characters depicted, different races (Nova is biracial and Adrian has dark skin). There isn’t a lot of grayness in the story. For example villains are redeemable, misguided, or truly evil. Not a blend. Overall, the characters are likeable, but there isn't a lot of complexity to them.There are interesting themes of good and evil, accountability and efficiency, courage and fear et al., but the story is not meant to be a deep, meaningful read.  The plot twists are decent, but not spectacular.

I was actually most surprised by the lack of romance given how the synopsis clearly sets readers up for a relationship. No surprise that Adrian and Nova get together, but this story ends with only a budding relationship (there wasn’t even a kiss).

The book is tame: violence typical of a superhero book, little swearing, no sexual content. I would recommend this for readers 11 and older.  It is an innocuous book for a YA novel that could definitely be read by older tweens as well.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love superhero stories will enjoy this good v. evil adventure.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is a tame YA novel. There is some swearing but no sexual content.

Type of Book:
This is the first book in a superhero fantasy.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for entertainment reading.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
11 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This isn't a book you'll want to re-read

Title Renegades

Renegades, Book 1

Author Marissa Meyer
Publisher Feiwel & Friends, Imprint Macmillan Publishers © 2017
ISBN 9781250044662
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.99
Genres Adventure, Science Fiction, Superheroes
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