Book Review: Supernova – Marissa Meyer
Blogmas Day 8
Series: Renegades #3
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published: November 5th, 2019 (Feiwel & Friends)
Synopsis: 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.
Nova has completed her mission and retrieved Ace Anarchy’s helmet – but not everything went according to plan. Sentinel, aka Adrian, has captured Ace, Max was severely injured and is now in a coma, so Nova is back at Renegade headquarters playing her role as a spy. But she is on the verge of being discovered: Danna may be unable to reveal what she knows for the moment, but someone else has found out about Nova’s double life and begins to blackmail her for Ace’s helmet. Where Adrian’s interest in Nightmare previously was to find out what she knows about his mother’s death, he now wants to get revenge on her for hurting Max. Time is running out fast, and the Anarchists know that they need to move quickly.
So…Supernova, if I’m honest, was kind of perfect. The very first thing I noticed was just how tense the mood of the things were going into this book. Both Adrian and Nova’s worries and fears were so palpable right from the beginning. This entire book is non-stop action and it was one intense read. Now I started reading this minutes after I finished Archenemies, so everything was still fresh, but I noticed that there are enough hints in the first few chapters about what happened previously that even if you read Supernova after a long break, things will still make sense – something I really appreciate in series, since books are typically released atleast a year apart.
“Some people were always meant to be heroes.
Just like some people were always meant to be villains.”
There are so many things I’d love to talk about from this book, but all of them are spoilers. One scene I loved was the Anarchists’ attack on the Renegades with the bees to rescue Ace. That entire sequence was excellent as was the final battle with Ace. There was just so much going on throughout this book as both Nova and Adrian near the end of their journeys. Both of them have some hard truths they need to confront and accept: about themselves, each other, and the world around them. The underlying themes of this series that I’ve so enjoyed – heroes vs villains and what lies in between, power and the consequences of too few people having too much of it, and most of all, right and wrong and in whose hands it should be to decide the difference – really comes to the forefront here. These are all important and relevant questions that go far beyond fiction and the world of superheroes.
“Everyone has a nightmare.” He pressed his forehead against hers. “Maybe I want you to be mine.”
Nova resolutely continues down her path to do what she thinks is right, no matter what her conscience is telling her. This I found to be a little strange, because as a reader, I’d noticed more than a few cracks in the story she has been told, and it took her a lot longer than I expected to finally start questioning things. Also, the reveal of Nightmare’s identity, when it came, was much less dramatic than I expected. And poor Adrian – he’s so determined to think the best of everyone that he’s still swallowing Nova’s act as she continues to mess with his emotions, regardless of how she feels about him. There is something called being too forgiving after all, and that’s all I can say without giving away too much. A novella set sometime after the events of this book would be so interesting – I’d love to read more about these characters because this book was not long enough for me.
“One cannot be awed who has no soul. Just as one cannot be brave who has no fear.”
The number of plot twists and absolutely shocking reveals was frankly, staggering. It shows how well Marissa Meyer has woven the plot thus far, that all of these were totally out of the blue. The thing about Ace and what really happened to Nova’s parents is the only one I had sort of begun to guess. The best part was that even with the sheer number of questions and plot points that needed to be tied up in this book, everything was done extremely naturally. Not one page of it was rushed and it was so much fun to see the lies and secrets unravel at long last. Though, with how well written the villains’ arc was overall, I’m just really curious as to how the story might have diverged if what Nova believed initially had really been the truth and the villains do turn out to be the heroes in the end.
I have literally no complaints about this book. That ending was amazing, and I really shouldn’t be writing this review this early because I’m still processing everything that happened in Supernova, not to mention that epilogue! This was a very well written and fast-paced read, a fitting conclusion, and I can’t recommend it enough. Maybe it’s time I picked up the Lunar Chronicles?
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