Archenemies left the saga of the Renegades on a pretty big cliffhanger: Nova stole a precious artifact from the Renegades and was waiting for her cover to be blown. That ending was a pretty massive set up and demanded that Supernova end the series with a real bang. Luckily, Marissa Meyer delivered and then some – Supernova is a phenomenal ending to a great series. It packs the breakneck action, emotional moments, and the answers to all the loose ends that fans of the series hoped for.
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.
The strongest suits of the Renegades series are its plot pacing, realistic take on superheroes, and fantastic action scenes. Supernova was just as excellent as the first two books – right off the bat, it tackles the big questions from the last book, specifically – when will everyone find out that Nova is a double agent? The story gets rolling right away and never lost any steam or momentum – the book continued to hit beat after beat, with no plot slumps or unnecessary storytelling. Best of all, the ending provided a lot of resolution: giving closure for all of the characters, tying up loose plot threads (including one massive one I didn’t see coming!), and a great epilogue for Nova and Adrien. I hope we get a spin off for one particular character (Magpie, the scavenger) – or at least a short story.
The action scenes in Supernova are expertly described – it felt like I was reading the exact transcript of a Marvel fight scene. The action was high stakes and heart pounding – I flew through the big fight scenes and couldn’t wait for the next round as soon as I finished one. Marissa Meyer is one of those rare authors that can write one hell of an action scene, and then seamlessly translate to a tender romantic one. It’s a true skill that makes a romance feel natural in a very action-packed book.
Supernova was a fantastic end to Nova’s character arc – in this book we see her grow to be a complex, confident character. She solidifies her beliefs, and finally comes to terms with who she is, and who she wanted to be. Watching her finally reconcile her two identities was the ultimate payoff after the first two books – she could no longer hide behind her multiple identities. In the end, it really felt like she had completed her growth by standing up for what she believed in, and not blindly following along with what Ace was telling her to do. Most importantly, even though she did evolve as a character, she was still, at her core, the snarky / sassy slightly chaotic character that I loved from the first book.
Adrien also felt like he got to the end of his character arc – he also had his secret identity exposed and he began to realize that his blind faith in the Renegades was misguided. This left him with a big decision to make: to stand against the superhero group his parents started, fighting the abundant corruption in the Renegades (questioning what he was raised to believe), or to continue on his prolific career as a Renegade. This decision mirrored Nova’s – and it made for an interesting foil set up between the two characters. Watching the two of them start on opposite sides and slowly come together (in terms of beliefs and romance) was uber-cute, especially once both of their secret identities had been revealed.
Supernova was the perfect conclusion to the Renegades series – it had all the drama, all the action, all the answers, and all the cute Nova/Adrien moments. I honestly have nothing to complain about, and I wish more trilogies could end like this one – on a high note. I can’t wait to read the next series that Marissa Meyer writes. If you haven’t already, check out my reviews of Renegades and Archenemies. 5/5