Archenemies (Renegades #2), by Marissa Meyer


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.


Young Adult – Science Fiction

My Thoughts

Earlier this year, I fell in love with Renegades by Marissa Meyer. If you don’t know, I was already a big fan of hers, because I adore The Lunar Chronicles. Back then I had been swept away by the uniqueness of the Renegades universe. As a superheroes fan myself, and a science fiction lover, this series is pretty much made for me.

So I was eagerly awaiting for Archenemies to come out. I had very high hopes for this sequel (perhaps too high) and so I rushed to read it. Overall this second book is up to the hype of the epic first one.

I am still completely in love with the universe imagined by Marissa Meyer, which she keeps developing in Archenemies. In this sequel, we are still discovering new abilities and intriguing superpowers. Most of all, I love that this world, which isn’t so different from ours, isn’t completely black and white. These “gray areas” are even more central in this book and, to be honest, they’re truly fascinating.

“It’s not all black and white, good and bad. Peoples actions…their motives…there are” – he circled his hands in the air – “gray areas.”

Next up, this series also leans heavily on its set of characters. It’s pretty rare for a series to have such an interesting cast of characters, and even the secondary ones are interesting and endearing. We get to know these secondary characters a bit more throughout Archenemies, and I really liked that. Moreover, I still adore Nova but I have to admit Adrian kind of hit on my nerves this time around. However, his relation with Nova is still adorable and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

As for the plot, Archenemies isn’t as epic as Renegades and instead focuses more on the politics. It felt to me as if this book suffered from the “book two in a trilogy” curse. Basically, it drags on a bit because it has to set up everything for the final book. Which is why, for now, Renegades remains my favorite one in the series.

“To know what this world could look like, what humanity could be, if only we all chose to do our best, to help others, to…to be, well, heroes.”

In short, I really enjoyed reading this book which confirmed my love for this series and this author… Now I can’t wait to discover the conclusion to this epic story.

My rating




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