Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 6, 2018
Contains 471 pages • Classified as young adult and science fiction
Read as hardcover • Purchased copy
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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.
I read Renegades at the beginning of the year and enjoyed it tremendously so I was excited about Archenemies. At the time I read Renegades, it was my understanding that it was going to be a duology. However, that changed at some point. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy Archenemies as much as I had hoped. The writing is fun and the characters have more depth, but the content felt like filler material to stretch this to a trilogy.
Personally, Archenemies reminded me of X-Men: The Last Stand. The plot is still heroes vs. villains, but there are some elements of it that focus on politics and make statements on morality, honor, and even human rights. I loved those elements, but the plot is slow-paced and doesn’t pick up until about the last 100 pages. It also relies heavily on the characters rather than trying to balance the action with character development.
Nova and Adrian are whip smart heroes and I loved their depth and growth in this book. In this book we see areas of doubt and complexity with these characters and their values. Despite Nova’s ulterior motives on the Renegades team, she provides excellent commentary on oppression and autonomy. She questions the Renegades morality every chance she gets, which helps a lot with other characters’ development. By the end, I was rooting for the anarchists.
Although the side characters don’t have significant roles in this book, Meyer did a nice job authentically developing these characters. It still baffles me that the characters miss the most obvious things, but I enjoyed the banter and the comical aspects of the writing. This book shines with the action scenes because they have a comic book style to them.
I enjoyed Archenemies and will continue the series. Even though it doesn’t quite live up to Renegades for me, I love the characters and desperately want to know how things are going to end. I enjoyed the characters growth, their dynamics, and I’m a fan of the slow-burn enemies-to-lovers romance. Although the cliffhanger at the end of Renegades isn’t addressed much in this book, it does a nice job of setting things up for the last book in the trilogy.
If you’re in the mood for… a superhero book with diverse characters, great character development and an interesting enemies-to-lovers romance, you’ll enjoy this.
Have you read Archenemies? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments! Thanks for reading!