Series: Renegades #3
Source: Library (in the midst of the Macmillan ebook embargo…)
Published: November 5, 2019
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.
Supernova is a satisfying ending to Marissa Meyer’s Renegades Trilogy that brings that same energy, thought-provoking questions, and creative cast of characters as the previous two installments. Basically, if you enjoyed Renegades and Anarchists, you’ll enjoy Supernova—but if you didn’t, you’ll find the similar flaws.
The main flaw is that every single book in this trilogy has felt long, perhaps a side-effect of the tale growing in the telling (as Tolkien would say). Renegades was originally conceived as a duology, and while it’s hard for me to point to specific scenes and say some could have been cut to keep it one rather than expanding to a trilogy, I did frequently feel that the books were dragging and we were rehashing similar plot points and themes. At one point in Supernova, I assumed I must be nearing the end of the novel, only to check my progress on my e-reader to discover that I was actually only 60% through the book. It was sobering.
Still, I did enjoy the series; I read the whole trilogy, after all. And one of the things I like most about Marissa Meyer’s writing in general is that she asks interesting questions. Here, she takes the idea of heroes vs. villains to ask whether the good side is really good and the bad side really bad. The reality is complicated, of course, and Nova and her friends must face questions like whether the ends justify the means and whether it’s really for the public good for a small group of “good” people to assume the mantle of authority. I do think Supernova simplifies some of the questions, perhaps as a way of tying up parts of the story and simply ending it, but overall it still gives readers a lot to think about.
I am less satisfied with the actual ending—the epilogue—partially because I don’t think it fully makes sense and partially because it screams, “Buy the companion series!” This could be an open-ended plot point that Meyer added for interest, but I really think this would not have been included if Meyer did not want to leave the possibility of more Renegades books open—and since I already felt the series was overly long, I’m not convinced more Renegades books are something I want.
Still, however, this is a strong book. Just expect to get more of what readers got in Renegades and Anarchists, as the books don’t seem to me to have wildly varying characteristics.