Hi friends! I’m here to review the finale to one of my all-time favorite series, by one of my all-time favorite authors! Seriously, I can’t believe that the Renegades trilogy is over. I literally just want to scream at everyone right now, so let’s do this! Also, I have a lot of thoughts so it’s going to be a long one. I’m sorry.
the synopsis contains spoilers for the previous two installments but the review does not! enjoy 🙂
All’s fair in love and anarchy…
The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian 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. Intrigue and action will leave readers on edge until the final, shocking secrets are revealed.
I honestly can’t believe that it’s over. It feels like just yesterday I was curled up on the couch, reading Renegades two weeks after it came out, turning the pages furiously. Let me tell you, this is a 552 page book, I’ve been trapped in a reading slump, yet I finished this in two days. There’s a reason why I consider Marissa Meyer one of my favorite authors.
This was super fast-paced, especially compared with Archenemies! I literally could NOT put it down because there was constant action. It also doesn’t help that the whole wealth of secrets and emotions that have been painstakingly built up over the course of the series come spilling out in a tidal wave. Meyer did an amazing job at balancing action and dialogue, tying up loose ends, and defining relationships within this novel.
OKAY I’VE WAITED LONG ENOUGH LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CHARACTERS*.
*okay but like i only waited one paragraph…if this isn’t proof of my impatience idk what is
NOVA ARTINO. She is incredible, clever, brave, cunning, and one of the best female characters of the decade. She’s also Filipino-Italian! Her inner turmoil is so fascinating to read from, because you’re never entirely sure who’s good and who’s bad, who the heroes are and who the villains are, and neither does Nova. I absolutely adore how her character developed throughout the series, and especially this book. She’s a complex character, and you know what, that’s what makes her feel human.
As for ADRIAN FREAKING EVERHART, he is another character who just makes the book. I mean, you’re feeling for the guy the entire time. He has such a big heart
i mean it’s no wonder Nova fell for him and his brotherly relationship with Max is one of the purest things ever. Also he’s black, and has two dads! Genuinely, the diversity in this book is so lovely especially for being written by a white woman.
OSCAR AND RUBY. I’ve been shipping them from the beginning. Their banter adds such a light-hearted note to this book, and in my opinion, almost a sense of humanity. They both have such impact on both Nova and Adrian, it’d be impossible to ignore their importance. Oscar has a disability, and the way his friends acknowledge it but also don’t let it cloud their view of him as person??? We need more representation like that in YA.
MAX. JUST. He is my actual cinnamon roll child. Watching him grow from Renegades is a crazy experience. His character has evolved so, so much, and it’s clear as day. He also drastically impacts the actions of both Nova and Adrian.
Adrian and Nova’s relationship broke my heart and healed its shattered pieces simultaneously. It’s one of the few things either of them ever has faith in, yet one of the inevitably doomed. It’s laden with secrets, but watching both of them struggle through the lies to falling in love is just…wow. It’s so easy to become invested in their relationship regardless of what you know about each of them, and I think it’s a brilliant reflection of the connection itself.
Everyone has a nightmare…maybe I want you to be mine.”
The Anarchists and Renegades each have different, yet similar ideas for the world. It allows the brushstrokes of gray to be painted over a world often divided into black-and-white. How both factions acted presented most of the individual’s with a moral struggle and in essence, the reader. I was actually surprised how the Anarchists ended up, especially discovering several of their origin stories.
THE PLOT TWISTS ASDFGHJKL
I was totally thrown off by the revelations regarding Adrian’s mom’s murder. Like, I gasped and almost cried*. And then the freaking epilogue. Please @ me if you’ve finished this because WOW UM OKAY. To be honest, the ending contained quite a bit more shock factor than I was expecting. Probably because i’m naive. I do think that while events could have gone a different way, I’m pleased with this ending. Is it absolutely perfect? No. Is it still excellent? Yes.
*which isn’t saying much, cuz it really doesn’t take much
In conclusion, this was a book that I think is the magnum opus of this whole trilogy. The action, the relationships, the characters, the plot, it was all done so well. I’m so, so excited to see what Marissa Meyer does next because she’s probably the author I trust the most. I heard it’s going to be a contemporary so I’m hyped!!! Tell me: have you read this series? Have you read anything by Marissa Meyer? Don’t forget to add this on Goodreads or order on Amazon!