“Listen to me, Nova,” he said, slipping off the chair and crouching in front of her. “There are many dangerous people in this world. But there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow might be better.”
I’m rating this four stars even though for the most part I felt it was more of a three. Let me explain. I have read almost all of Meyer’s books to date and while I loved the Cinder series, there was always a little something missing from each book for me to say that it is one of my favorite series of all time. This book suffered from sort of the same thing.
I think the biggest problem is that it was a LOT longer than it needed to be. Not don’t get me wrong. I thought that overall the story line was pretty genius. Let’s face it, super heroes are very “in” right now with Marvel and DC battling it out with all of their new movies. Even before they started coming out though, heroes have always been a big part of our culture. Whether they have actual super powers or are the men and women who fight fires and crimes with normal human strengths and ingenuity, everyone always wants a figure to look up to. Hand in hand with that, there will always be villains. There will always be those people who do harm to this world no matter what.
What I loved about this story was that the normal perception of heroes and villains is very gray. The Renegades (heroes) aren’t always good and the Anarchists (villains) aren’t all necessarily bad. As easy as it is to label things good and bad, I LOVE morally gray stories. It makes things WAY more interesting.
So in this story we basically are seeing things through the eyes of Nova, an anarchist whose family was murdered by a gang and who has grown up with revenge in her heart towards the renegades for not being there to protect her family when she needed them the most AND Adrian, a renegade boy whose mother and adoptive dads are some of the founding renegades of their city. She beings to masquerade as a renegade in order to find out more about their inner workings while Adrian also is being secretive with a whole different super hero persona that no one knows about.
Like I said, I liked all of the characters and learning about all of their powers was super cool. I appreciated that not all of them had powers that actually made them what we would typically consider “super” (as in it wasn’t all about strength, some kind of alien powers, or flying). It made things more interesting that way. There was also a great amount of diversity in the characters which was very refreshing. I’m really looking forward to learning more about what will happen to their current society if it keeps being ran the way that it is. Not going to give too much away but I have a feeling that there is going to be a huge clash between both groups in the next book.
Finally, the romance was almost nonexistent, which I suppose was fine since they hadn’t known each other long at all and we all know how common that is in YA. I’m sure it will build up to something over time though and I’ll say I’m for it. 🙂 Overall a good book, I just think there was a lot of extra things in there that we really did need in order to get a picture for the society and people in it. Excited for the next one!