Archenemies – Marissa Meyer

Oh look, another book Leah’s had sitting around for far too long. My bad. Is it me, or is that becoming a recurring theme around here?
Archenemies is one of those books that I received before it was published and then just kind of sat around gathering dust. It is the sequel to Renegades, which I read and adored last year. In fact, I loved it so much that I requested the second book the moment I saw it was available on Netgalley and then I naturally got distracted. Story of my life.
Luckily, Endgame left me wanting more super heroes, so thank you Avengers for giving me the nudge I needed to pick this up. I love you 3,000.


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.

It’s always hard reviewing a sequel because… Well, spoilers. I’m going to give it my best shot though.

So, if you’ve not heard of this series, here is what you need to know:

  • This is a world where super powers are normal and certain people are just born with them, they’re known as Prodigies.
  • This is a world where a group of Prodigies, calling themselves the Renegades, are in charge after they won a war against a group of other Prodigies who had some very different ideas of how those with powers should be governed.
  • This story follows a group of teenagers with super powers working with the Renegades who have their own secrets who are just trying to make sense of everything that is going on.

We start off with Renegades, which introduces you to the ‘heroes’, (the Renegades) and the ‘villains’ (the Anarchists). These are the two factions of prodigies who have always been at war with each other over how they fit into the world. Book one centres on Nova and Adrian. Nova is a teenage Anarchist who lost her parents during the battle against the Renegades before being raised by the Anarchist’s leader, her uncle Ace. She has been brought up to hate the Renegades and has been instructed to join the Renegade’s X-Men style recruitment programme to infiltrate them and learn their secrets. That’s where she meets Adrian, who isn’t just a Renegade, but the son of the Renegade’s leaders. He has his own secrets what with being a vigilante and all, but importantly, he believes in what the Renegades are doing. Sort of. He hates the Anarchists partly because he has been told to and partly because he believes they are responsible for the death of his mother who also died during that time of war.
Which you’d think would make it difficult for them to be friends, but they are both keeping massive secrets about who they really are and what they want.

Archenemies picks up right after the events of Renegades, the lines between who is good and who is bad blurs even further and Adrian and Nova are both questioning their morals and beliefs. Their secrets are also starting to test the boundaries of their loyalties. The series then continues with Supanova, which I think is out next year and which I promise I won’t leave so long to read!

This series is perfect for those that are fans of the X-Men or just super heroes in general. The Renegades’ recruitment drives are very similar to Professor X’s reasons for surrounding himself with other similarly gifted people and the different powers everyone has are fascinating. If like me you don’t think you’ll ever be the same after Endgame, this is a great way to fill the void. And, it won’t make you cry. Well… Not like Endgame did anyway.

I’ve not read any other Marissa Meyer books, but if they’re anything like this series, I might have to. These are so much fun, they’re engaging, fast paced and wonderfully rich in both story and character. The Renegades series is one I wish I’d written myself and I am very excited about how this is all going to end.

PS, Netgalley, if you happen to get Supanova, I promise I’ll actually read it on time.


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