The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.
Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.
In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.
The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it
My Rating: 4.0 Stars
When I initially heard that the Renegades series was going to be turned into a trilogy, I was hesitant. As a general rule, I don’t like it when a series is extended, and was worried that Archenemies would suffer from “second book syndrome”. Fortunately for me, and all of Marissa Meyers’ fans, ARCHENEMIES WAS FREAKING AWESOME. (Maybe not the most elegant way to phrase my review, but it gets the point across)
Let’s start with Adrian – one of the sweetest cinnamon rolls currently in the YA world. As expected, he has continued to be a little bit of a rebel, while maintaining his moral compass. Though he is a bit blinded by the role of his dads in the Renegades infrastructure, he has the purest of intentions. I genuinely can’t imagine a single reader finishing this book without falling in love with him just a little bit.
Now, on to Nova. I will admit, I still don’t connect with her nearly as much as Adrian. I understand and appreciate her loyalty to Ace Anarchy and the remaining Anarchists, but I also want her to realize that the people she considers her enemy, don’t have to be enemies. To me, she seems like a pretty black and white character despite her emotional entanglements, and I found myself wanting to shake her on more than one occasion. Because I didn’t love or connect with her as a MC, I was unable to rate the book 5 stars.
What I really enjoyed about this sequel was the glimpse we got into the personal lives of some of the Renegades and Anarchists. As a reader, I really learned more about not only Nova’s allies, but Adrian’s dads and brother. Speaking of his brother: Max is hands down my favorite character in this series. Both times I teared up while reading, Max was the reason. May I PLEASE have him as a little brother? Please?
My Takeaway: Forewarning, this one does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. Though it does still have me thinking, it isn’t a cliffhanger that will torment me over the next year. I enjoyed the deeper look at all players involved, and can’t wait to see how things turn out in book three!