Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Supernova book cover


Goodreads: Supernova
Series: Renegades #3
Source: Library (in the midst of the Macmillan ebook embargo…)
Published: November 5, 2019

Official Summary

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. 

Star Divider


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.

4 stars

6 thoughts on “Supernova by Marissa Meyer

  1. MetalPhantasmReads says:

    I liked the epilogue but my husband also read it and he agrees with not liking the epilogue lol. I do still think that Frostbite and her team NEVER got the punishment deserved! It wad hard to believe that the council would have that team be so trusted. That was frustrating as well as Nova still not caring as much for Adrian as I had hoped. But I LOVE Ruby, Oscar, Max and Adrian so much 🙂 great review!


  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I haven’t read any of the books in this series yet, but I was waiting for Supernova to be published — I don’t know how I missed that it’s been out for a while! I love Meyer’s writing; her characters are completely engrossing.

    The plot sounds a bit like Sanderon’s The Reckoners meets Schwab’s Vicious. Have you read either of those books? Do you agree or disagree with my assessment?


    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      I thought of The Reckoners when Meyer’s series first came out, but I actually think the series are fairly different, in spite of the “futuristic world where superheroes might not really be heroes” thing both have going on. I liked both. I haven’t read Vicious, though.

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  3. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Hmm pity this feels overly long and I’m not to enamoured by the sound of the epilogue (even if I didn’t have a problem with the length, I’m always bugged by series enders/books designed to make you buy companion stories :/ ) Still looking forward to reading this though!


    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      There are so many series in the world that I often like the idea of just being DONE, so an epilogue that screams, “There will be a companion series continuing this story line” is frustrating to me. Also, I really like Marissa Meyer, but this series honestly has not been my favorite thing she’s written, and I’d love to see her release more fantasy. I don’t want more Renegades. :p


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