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The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. 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 The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. 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.


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The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. 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 The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. 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.

30 review for Archenemies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emma Giordano

    Marissa Meyer has done it again. I am TRULY blown away by Archenemies. Stay tuned for my spoiler-filled video review! CW: violence, oppression Renegades was already a fantastically constructed world, but Archenemies breaks the boundaries for what we know of Gatlon City. I cannot get enough of the politics of this world. Conflict goes far beyond what we already know of the Renegades’ power and the Anarchists’ will for vengeance. Morals are questioned, friends become suspects, and tensions are highe Marissa Meyer has done it again. I am TRULY blown away by Archenemies. Stay tuned for my spoiler-filled video review! CW: violence, oppression Renegades was already a fantastically constructed world, but Archenemies breaks the boundaries for what we know of Gatlon City. I cannot get enough of the politics of this world. Conflict goes far beyond what we already know of the Renegades’ power and the Anarchists’ will for vengeance. Morals are questioned, friends become suspects, and tensions are higher than ever. I really love the direction Marissa Meyer has taken with the second installment in terms of how superheroes are viewed and how supervillains are treated. The power dynamics in this story are captivating and complex, and I’m desperate for more. Once again, I love the cast of characters in this series. Every character, including many of the side characters, receive additional development that helps them to become authentic and refreshing. I loved watching Adrian and Nova grow as individuals and a team, alongside the rest of the Renegades and Anarchists. This series has one of the most compelling groups of companions I’ve read in YA in a very long time. Additionally, the romance is – once again – fabulous! I am HERE for more slow burn enemies-to-lovers (where-one-does-not-even-know-they-are-enemies) relationships. Nova and Adrian are a fierce, yet sweet couple, and I also loved the introduction of a new budding romance between teammates. Not only does this story have a wicked plot, but there’s a spectacular cast of characters holding it up. When comparing Renegades and Archenemies, I do feel I prefer Renegades, but only slightly. It’s even tough to say I ACTUALLY prefer one over the other because they are both remarkable in their own ways. As a plot-based reader, I prefer Renegades because it is more action-packed, but I do find myself also drawn to Archenemies for it’s strong and ever-developing political arc. Though that is my preference, I don’t think one is greatly “better” than the other. Archenemies is a satisfying sequel that will leave you wanting more and more. Renegades is amazing. Archenemies is equally amazing. I would highly highly recommend this series – it is one of my new absolute favorites of all time. One more note on the sequel though - Prepare yourselves for yet another unbearable ending . . . I received a free copy of this book from Macmillan. I had no obligation to review this book and all opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    I am trying so hard to love this series but it just isn't working. After not enjoying Cinder, I went on to love the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, so I was really hoping I could do that with this series. I was hoping that Renegades was just a shaky start to something much better. And, for a while, I convinced myself I liked this one more than the first. But aside from a few good bits, I think I'll just have to admit these books are not for me. Let's break it down. » The characters. Honestly, I fin I am trying so hard to love this series but it just isn't working. After not enjoying Cinder, I went on to love the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, so I was really hoping I could do that with this series. I was hoping that Renegades was just a shaky start to something much better. And, for a while, I convinced myself I liked this one more than the first. But aside from a few good bits, I think I'll just have to admit these books are not for me. Let's break it down. » The characters. Honestly, I find almost everyone annoying and one-dimensional. Every single character is defined by their powers and has virtually no personality beyond this. Despite some attempts to add some morally grey areas, pretty much every character can be neatly separated into good guys or bad guys. It's so simplistic and bland. Plus, Adrian is sappy as all hell. Even Nova turns to mush in this book. Outside of those two, most of the characters feel interchangeable. » The plot. What is the plot here? If it's supposed to be Nova's infiltration and revenge then, wow, that is not coming across very well. Maybe because she is just so bad at it. Is she even trying? It definitely doesn't feel like it. In fact, the whole "I hate the Renegades and must have revenge" angle seems like a poor cover for what is evidently nothing but a romance. And about that... » The romance. In Renegades, romance sat quietly in the background, but here it is genuinely the whole book. This sequel became so unnecessarily cheesy and sappy. It felt like every single scene was an excuse for Nova to pretend to pretend to flirt with Adrian while actually just flirting with him. Afterwards, of course, she's all "shucks, why do I have these feelings? It's all part of the mission!" And just... where’s the tension? There’s no way these two won’t end up together, right? No way. It’s so clear the way it’s headed that I find myself hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised by Meyer having one of them fall off a building and die instead. Which, obviously, should not be my reaction to the central romance. I also think I threw up in my mouth a little at the scene where Adrian literally makes Nova's dreams come true. » The repetition. Seriously, I get it already! How many times will I have to read Nova's mantra about how the Renegades are just so terrible because they didn’t save her family? She has to think it again every few chapters, lest we stop being annoyed by it! In fact, every time she repeats something like: This was why she was here. To put an end to the idolizing of these so-called heroes and the promises they made but couldn’t keep. The heroes who had not saved her family. Who had not saved her. The heroes who had ruined Ace. I find it less convincing. I think it's a weak idea anyway that she will betray these people she's become so close to because they weren't there to save her parents. Reiterating it doesn't make it any better. I'm also tired of Nova insisting she is playing a part by flirting with Adrian then noting how she must “ignore” those strange feelings in her stomach. I gotta say, it didn’t feel much like “ignoring” because she brought it up in most of the chapters. » Cheesy dialogue. To be fair, I think Meyer actually toned it down some in Archenemies. The superhero dialogue was even worse in the first book. Still, I cannot take it seriously when the characters say things like "Who are you?" "Your worst nightmare." It sounds so silly. That will ALWAYS make me think of... I guess this particular brand of superhero story may not be for me. The tropes of the genre (such as how no one knows Adrian is The Sentinel even though he practically wears a sign saying "it is me") make it difficult for me to suspend disbelief, and the black and white view of good vs evil is uninteresting to me. I think it's all just very simplistic - from the characters' motivations to the standard YA romance. I also dislike the decision to have Adrian's tattoos be able to bestow any power or make someone immune to pretty much anything; it seems to defeat the point of everyone having unique powers and weaknesses. Oh well, I gave it a good chance. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  3. 5 out of 5

    emma

    happy book birthday to Archenemies!! my gift is that i posted this mildly negative full review on my blog. find it here: https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co... ----------- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Life is teeming with disappointments. The fact that that is closer than anything else to becoming my catchphrase is, in a word, concerning. I was hoping that when I inevitably developed a catchphrase, it’d be something cool, like “cleanup on aisle 7” (for when I commit murders) or “all happy book birthday to Archenemies!! my gift is that i posted this mildly negative full review on my blog. find it here: https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co... ----------- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Life is teeming with disappointments. The fact that that is closer than anything else to becoming my catchphrase is, in a word, concerning. I was hoping that when I inevitably developed a catchphrase, it’d be something cool, like “cleanup on aisle 7” (for when I commit murders) or “all in a day’s work” (for when I do something very cool that should not be a casual or daily occurrence). But this works too. Renegades was a meh read for me, but when I finished, I was like, “Potential!!” There were plotlines and relationships that were set up that I thought, if they played out a certain way, could be really fun. I had hopes for Archenemies. What I did not remember - which is crazy because I do pride myself on my pessimism - is that if things can go one way and go well, they can also go another way and go very badly. That is what happened here. Let’s go one by one. THE CHARACTERS In my Renegades review, I basically listed off a bunch of characters and declared that I didn’t like any of them per se, but also didn’t dislike any of them, and if a very specific set of events occurred in Archenemies I could, perhaps, come away with an appreciation for one or two. Guess what didn’t happen. (The opposite happened.) The characters in this book were B A D. That’s right! No abstractions. They were straight up unpleasant, and/or non-present. Here was my ranking of ability-to-potentially-like-any-given-character, from “one cool fight scene and some banter” away to “this character would have to spend 500 pages being unadulteratedly amusing for me to even give half a sh*t, but theoretically anything’s possible.” - Nova - Oscar - Ruby - Honey - Adrian This is some high potential for me!! I almost never like characters. I’m picky. I have high standards. But I was willing to believe. For you to fully understand the sheer extent to which my ability to hope was made a mockery, I need to tell you three simultaneous things that happened in this book. 1. All characters except Nova (who I was closest to liking) and Adrian (least close) were basically dropped. We rarely heard from anyone except those two. 2. Nova became insufferable. 3. Adrian grew worse than I ever could have imagined. GUYS. IT WAS AWFUL. Honey and Ruby and Oscar, the only characters who were ever really even anywhere close to approaching funny? GONEZO. Sayonara! So now we are in the suffocating embrace of literally only Nova and Adrian (which is terrible for an additional reason that we will get to). Which would maybe be okay, if they were better than in Renegades, or even if they were exactly the same. I’m not asking for much. BUT APPARENTLY NOT MUCH IS TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR. Nova spends this entire book being overwhelmingly, unrelentingly selfish. She put the lives of children and innocents on the line, she manipulated perfectly nice people, she lied and stole and deceived, all to achieve her ends. And she was really annoying about it, too, which was the worst bit of all. Adrian was just Boring McBoringson. All he cared about was his dumb alter ego and his boring parents and guess what? I do not care about either of those things. It’s such a long character development arc, from all-evil/all-good to complex, and the second book really gets the short end of the stick for that. Basically both Adrian and Nova spent the whole time in one (1) repetitive thought process, which wasn’t even interesting in the first place. Except for one other thought process. THE ROMANCE Picture me dramatically collapsing to my knees, shaking my fists beseechingly at the sky, screaming “NOOOOO!” For, my friends, I have been made a fool of. I never like romances. I especially never like them in YA fantasy. They always feel extraneous and dull and unremarkable. But for Renegades...I put it all on the line. The romance between Nova and Adrian in Renegade was veryyy slow, and awkward, and cute. It was a side-plot and it didn’t overtake any of the more interesting stuff. I thought it was exactly what a romance in YA fantasy should look like, if there has to be one at all. But, as mentioned, Marissa Meyer took my risking of it all and PUT IT THROUGH A PAPER SHREDDER. AND THEN PICKED UP THE PIECES AND LAUGHED AND THEN EVERYONE ELSE LAUGHED. (That’s where the being made a fool of comes in.) The romance in this book was suffocating and overwhelming and insta-love-y and sentimental and cheesy and everywhere and INESCAPABLE. I hated it so much. And the fact that I had already come to hate both the characters involved just made me hate it even more. Forming a hatred so powerful it probably qualifies as one of the C-minus level superpowers in this book. THE PLOT The last book set up a very cool and complex moral exploration - essentially what Wildcard wishes and prays it could do - but it got old fast in this book. It was way too hit-you-over-the-head. If it remained a background theme, that would have been great, but instead every conversation and internal monologue had to brush up against it. And by brush up against it, I mean “hit it with the force of one of those really jump scare-y don’t-drive-distracted commercials where a bunch of friends are in a car texting and then the car gets hit by like the biggest 18-wheeler you have seen in your life.” Very subtle. Blink and you’ll miss it type of stuff. Overall, the plotline of this was better than the last one (which had the weirdest full book + one half of another book structure of all time), but it still mostly came into play in the ending. The ending, however, was fantastic. And I think it also sets up what could be a really interesting plotline for the next book. It has potential. But we’ve all learned how that goes. Bottom line: I think I’ll stick with this series, but that also might just be because of how dearly I love to suffer. ------ tbr review out here getting BLESSED with ARCs of highly anticipated sequels when i haven't even started the series yet!! & oh boy this is long. also renegades is long. ... i have a lot of reading to do.

  4. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    i feel like i could copy and paste my review for ‘renegades’ and everything would apply to this sequel. we stan a consistent series! lol. again, this series is the only story i have read where the plot centres around crime fighting superheroes. like actual heroes vs. villains. and i forget how cheesy it can be at times, especially during the action sequences. literally all that is missing is a POW or BAM in little balloon bubbles down the margins. but once you get past that, the story is actuall i feel like i could copy and paste my review for ‘renegades’ and everything would apply to this sequel. we stan a consistent series! lol. again, this series is the only story i have read where the plot centres around crime fighting superheroes. like actual heroes vs. villains. and i forget how cheesy it can be at times, especially during the action sequences. literally all that is missing is a POW or BAM in little balloon bubbles down the margins. but once you get past that, the story is actually quite decent. slow, but decent. i will admit, i think series would have benefited from being a duology. it often feels like theres not enough content to stretch across three books. and because of that, there is a lot of filler and slow moments to trudge through. but, similar to ‘renegades,’ everything picks up towards the end. and when it picks up, i mean like 100mph fast. like, holy cow. the lines have become so blurred, its not even funny. 

 and once more, the book ends on a cliff hanger. the cliff hanger from the first book is not really a focal point in the sequel, which i thought it would be. so it will be interesting to see how this one is addressed in the final book! ↠ 3.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I can't keep up on my damn preorders!! I didn't like it as much as the first book but it was still up there. Cover is good. Narrators were good listening at 2x speed. I think when the next one comes out, I need to read them back to back and see how it goes 🤔😉 Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  6. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    this book is almost 600 pages and I read it in a day so if that tells you anything

  7. 5 out of 5

    may ➹

    if this isn’t better than the mess that was Renegades, I’m rioting. at least the cover is cool

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “I just want to remind you that there are no lone wolves in the Renegades. There is no I in hero.” 🌟 I insist on calling Marissa Meyer the queen of re-tellings. TLC is one of my favorite series that kept improving somehow till the last book. I expected Marissa to be awesome when she writes an original series, except that it was not original! 🌟Jump back a few years ago to when the X-Men movies were released, particularly This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “I just want to remind you that there are no lone wolves in the Renegades. There is no I in hero.” 🌟 I insist on calling Marissa Meyer the queen of re-tellings. TLC is one of my favorite series that kept improving somehow till the last book. I expected Marissa to be awesome when she writes an original series, except that it was not original! 🌟Jump back a few years ago to when the X-Men movies were released, particularly the 3rd movie. Which I watched a million times on a DVD player back in the day where there were not many options to choose from. The point is that this book felt like a YA retelling of that movie rather than being an original. 🌟 I don’t have any problems with Marissa’s writing style and I probably shouldn’t after 8 books. Although some of the conversations felt comical more than realistic but that didn’t bother me. 🌟 The other problem I had was the slow pacing, for the first 50-60% of the book, pretty much nothing important happened and it was repetitive. The book is a large one that could have been cut to half and still delivered the same story. 🌟 I like the characters. And though I was rooting for The Anarchists rather than The Renegades, this book focused on the later group which made me feel something was missing.🌟 As I was saying above the plot was easy to predict. Specially if you are into superheroes and super powers. I can’t stop thinking of some characters as characters in the X-Men movie which is sad. 🌟 Summary: I originally read this because it was supposed to be a duology and it is now a trilogy. Something that made me skeptical and it looks my fears were in the right place. It should have been faster, shorter and more original. I am still invested enough to read the last book and I hope it doesn’t become longer than that. I ended up being generous and gave it 3 out of 5 stars. 🌟 Prescription: If you like superheroes but hasn’t watched/ read books like that then this may be for you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Simona Bartolotta

    2.5 I still think Meyer is one of the best fantasy YA author out there, and I still think she doesn't even have to try to be able to stand out. But this book just didn't work. Personally, I believe that the reason (at least in my case) is one of disappointed expectations: like many other fans, I had got used to the idea that the Renegades series was going to be a duology, and only recently did I find out that this was not the case any longer. Not only that, but Archenemies, the second book I, and 2.5 I still think Meyer is one of the best fantasy YA author out there, and I still think she doesn't even have to try to be able to stand out. But this book just didn't work. Personally, I believe that the reason (at least in my case) is one of disappointed expectations: like many other fans, I had got used to the idea that the Renegades series was going to be a duology, and only recently did I find out that this was not the case any longer. Not only that, but Archenemies, the second book I, and we all, longed for for so long, on top of not being the finale we wanted, also feels rather static: it is probably unfair to say that this book is devoid of any major turning point in the wider picture of the series's plot; one or two important things do happen, after all, but compared to the length of the novel itself, it is not sufficient at all. It fell dramatically flat. It's not that it was bad; but it was disastrously unfulfilling. Nevertheless, I would like to point out that the series still poses a range of moral issues which I believe will prove very interesting for the younger audience that it targets. I say specifically 'younger audience' because, while their interest is certainly wider, their treatment still is not complex enough as to make them stimulating for somewhat more mature readers. So if you are looking for a book to give to your kids, choose Renegades—or Marissa Meyer in general. I promise they'll thank you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    GUYS THE COVER THE COVER THE COVER!!!! It looks so awesome, I really hope that they go well together side by side!!!!! ALSO, IT'S GONNA BE A TRILOGY!!!! ALL THE THINGS THAT I EVER DREAMED FOR IN MY LIFE ARE COMING TRUE AT ONCE! I'M SO EXCITED WE HAVE EXTRA CONTENT AND MORE OF THESE CHARACTERS AND I JUST CAN'T WAIT!!! I'm actually so keen for this book, Marissa Meyer is my favourite author ever from the dawn of time, and I cannot wait for the next installment, and then I'll have to wait for THE ONE GUYS THE COVER THE COVER THE COVER!!!! It looks so awesome, I really hope that they go well together side by side!!!!! ALSO, IT'S GONNA BE A TRILOGY!!!! ALL THE THINGS THAT I EVER DREAMED FOR IN MY LIFE ARE COMING TRUE AT ONCE! I'M SO EXCITED WE HAVE EXTRA CONTENT AND MORE OF THESE CHARACTERS AND I JUST CAN'T WAIT!!! I'm actually so keen for this book, Marissa Meyer is my favourite author ever from the dawn of time, and I cannot wait for the next installment, and then I'll have to wait for THE ONE AFTER THAT and I'll probably die in the mean time, but that's okay. Marissa Meyer can kill me as many times as she wants, as long as she keeps writing more books so that I can read them!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heather 'Bookables'

    I liked this one but sadly not as much as Renegades... Am I the only one?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    This is such a fun series! I love it. To be honest I flew through this book so fast that I won't have a lot to say about it because it's a blur. But I LOVED the tension of will-they-or-won't-they find out about the secret identities. There was good romantic chemistry. I love this friend group. I love how the book explores heroes who have evil motives and villains that have good ones. My feels are all over the place! Audiobook review: Narrated by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner. Soler is my fave so This is such a fun series! I love it. To be honest I flew through this book so fast that I won't have a lot to say about it because it's a blur. But I LOVED the tension of will-they-or-won't-they find out about the secret identities. There was good romantic chemistry. I love this friend group. I love how the book explores heroes who have evil motives and villains that have good ones. My feels are all over the place! Audiobook review: Narrated by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner. Soler is my fave so it's always a joy to listen to anything she does. Both narrators do great, so I'd recommend this format.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Stever

    I don’t feel like writing a long review honestly, but just know that this book has destroyed me and I’m not okay. Take me out of the oven and stick a fork in me because I. Am. Done. Thank you, Marissa Meyer, for signing my death certificate. Maybe I’ll come back as Phobia and be your worst fear. Though, even that wouldn’t be enough in my eyes after that heart breaking ending you delivered to us. Do I seriously have to wait a year for the third and final book? I think I just died a little mor I don’t feel like writing a long review honestly, but just know that this book has destroyed me and I’m not okay. Take me out of the oven and stick a fork in me because I. Am. Done. Thank you, Marissa Meyer, for signing my death certificate. Maybe I’ll come back as Phobia and be your worst fear. Though, even that wouldn’t be enough in my eyes after that heart breaking ending you delivered to us. Do I seriously have to wait a year for the third and final book? I think I just died a little more with that thought. I’m ending this without my heart and soul in tact. From now on, I’m going to be known as soulless Cassie. That’s it, that’s all I got for you. Goodbye.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wow that was an intense last few chapters. This was a tremendous sequel and I cannot wait for the next book! I need it now because I have to see how this Sentinel and Nightmare collision course ends. The characters we learned about in book one take on way more feats and develop in even more detail with a plot that is fast-paced and just overall awesome! I seriously enjoyed this sequel more than I expected, which should not have been the case since the first hit me the same way. My quick and ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow that was an intense last few chapters. This was a tremendous sequel and I cannot wait for the next book! I need it now because I have to see how this Sentinel and Nightmare collision course ends. The characters we learned about in book one take on way more feats and develop in even more detail with a plot that is fast-paced and just overall awesome! I seriously enjoyed this sequel more than I expected, which should not have been the case since the first hit me the same way. My quick and simple overall: I hate to say this because I loved the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, but I actually like this series even better! I highly recommend this series for fantasy and sci-fi fans!

  15. 5 out of 5

    beth

    HOLY SHIT i have been so busy with work so it has literally taken me forever to read this but ..... HOLY SHIT.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    So if this book’s title is not Anarchists I’ll actually throw a tantrum like a 2 year old. EDIT: I HATE MY LIFE EDIT: I may forgive Meyer for the title because HOLY CRAP I LOVE THE COVER Another EDIT: turns out it’s gonna be a trilogy so I’m hoping for a certain title for the third book ehm

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nadhira Satria

    I HAVENT EVEN READ THE FIRST BOOK YET BUT I WILL NOW BECAUSE LOOK AT THAT COVER 😍😍😍

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joshee Kun (조수아)

    Having superpowers doesn't automatically make you some selfless hero. People are greedy and cruel, and...for some, having superpowers just makes them even more greedy and cruel. This series is a testament to Marissa Meyer's growth as an author. Although I still love Cinder and the rest of The Lunar Chronicles, I think that Renegades and Archenemies are better in the intellectual department since they can make you ponder the complexities of morality and human nature in general. Archenemies builds u Having superpowers doesn't automatically make you some selfless hero. People are greedy and cruel, and...for some, having superpowers just makes them even more greedy and cruel. This series is a testament to Marissa Meyer's growth as an author. Although I still love Cinder and the rest of The Lunar Chronicles, I think that Renegades and Archenemies are better in the intellectual department since they can make you ponder the complexities of morality and human nature in general. Archenemies builds upon its prequel's political and not-so-romantic drama. Nova Artino, hoping to retrieve Ace Anarchy's helmet, continues to be a double agent among the unsuspecting Renegades. Meanwhile, Adrian Everheart struggles to strike a balance between his relatively ordinary career as Sketch and his more liberated life as the mysterious Sentinel. Both protagonists have significant secrets that threaten to destroy their growing connection. I had fun annotating this book because I resonated with a lot of the character's beliefs, particularly those about their dysfunctional society. Gleaning from the quote above, Nova insisted that the Renegades had started to abuse their power over prodigies and ordinary citizens. By experimenting on Max, a mere child, the "superheroes" developed Agent N, a substance that could take away the abilities of any prodigy who broke the organization's rules. Clearly, the members of the Council were departing from their image as benevolent rulers. By using Agent N on "criminals" without due process, they were basically acting like fascists. Ironically, the "evil" Anarchists were the targets of such oppression. After being forced to evacuate the subway tunnels, they had to hide in a dilapidated cathedral like cats nursing their wounds. Ace Anarchy still had powerful telekinetic abilities, but he had become a shriveled and dying old man. No wonder his team was desperate to retrieve his helmet, which could amplify his gifts. In light of the Anarchists' suffering, I supported them instead of the Renegades. They might have been actual criminals, but they didn't deserve to be treated inhumanely. With the exception of Adrian and Max, I wasn't fond of the Renegades, who happened to host wolves in sheep's clothing. Seriously, Frostbite, Aftershock, and Stingray should rot in jail! Nonetheless, the Anarchists weren't totally innocent, either. Indeed, Nova had valid reasons for infiltrating the Renegades' HQ, but she was living a lie (just like Adrian). She constantly had to deceive her peers whom she had grown to love or appreciate. As a result, she lived in fear that someone would discover her secrets. Imagine all that undue stress every day! Also, it must suck to be obsessed with vengeance like Nova. I hope that she'll find a better purpose in life someday. Her cat-and-mouse relationship with Adrian was very entertaining. Since it was based on much miscommunication, it was reminiscent of The Winner's Crime, one of my all-time favorites. The ending of this novel was intense in that it increased the hatred between Nova's and Adrian's alter egos (Nightmare and the Sentinel). Hence, as far as their slow-burn romance is concerned, I'm not sure if a happy ending is possible for them. My sole problem with this book was the following quote: "Adrian laughed, and though his skin was too dark to be sure, she was almost certain he was blushing." I've heard of debut authors being bashed for insensitive descriptions, so it's weird how prominent figures in the YA community can get away with the same offense. To be fair, Marissa Meyer might have revised the latter passage in her final manuscript. I have to check a finished copy to be sure. ^^ In totality, Archenemies is worth the hype. Marissa Meyer never fails to please me with her work. Amaze me, even. I enjoyed this as much as the first book, so I can hardly wait for the conclusion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kay Wisteria

    Since this book comes out in less than two weeks and will inevitably be reviewed by lots of amazing popular reviewers (whose reviews I can't wait to read!) and I will be pushed down, I'd like to take a moment to appreciate how I was once the 8th most liked review lolll. also ALSDKFJAOIESKLJF OAWIEKJFSD OWJIOELKDSJF OWIJSDKF IT COMES OUT IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS ----- 5/18/18 THE COVER IS ART AND ITS A TRILOGY OMGOMGOMGOMG

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    (18/5/18)I ACTUALLY SCREAMED. THAT COVER IS GLORIOUS. • • • (3/1/18) Omg... IT HAS A TITLE! Eh, not a fan of it. But I'm still excited. Meyer, do me a favor and write faster.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shortcake

    T H I S ~ UPDATE: TOMORROW WE GET A COVER THIS IS NOT A DRILL ~ WOWOWOWOWOWOW SYNOPSIS ~ I need this now

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mel Anie

    I missed Sketch. I need his chibi portrait/figurine in my life. ----------------------------------------------- Way better than previous book, but how dare you to finish it in such a moment. Now I need to wait a year or more to find out what will happen with Max. That's so cruel. Overall, I liked this book a lot. I just wish that my poor baby Sketch would be less into Nova. She's going to hurt him, I know it. She's despicable, at least right now she is. I really, really hope that she'll see that he I missed Sketch. I need his chibi portrait/figurine in my life. ----------------------------------------------- Way better than previous book, but how dare you to finish it in such a moment. Now I need to wait a year or more to find out what will happen with Max. That's so cruel. Overall, I liked this book a lot. I just wish that my poor baby Sketch would be less into Nova. She's going to hurt him, I know it. She's despicable, at least right now she is. I really, really hope that she'll see that her great and awesome uncle is no good. Frostbite - can someone finish her? She's a loser and a bad one. If I can dislike Nova then I claim to hate Frostbite. The most wretched anti-heroine in the entire universe this book takes place. She's just agrhh… Danna is my gurl. She's brilliant despite all that happened. She's got all the points for being the only person who sees the obvious. Ruby and Oscar - can this ship finally sail? How long can I wait for it to be done? Just please. They are so cute and they deserve each other. Max? My cutest and the most precious baby in the trilogy. He deserves the best! And if something bad is going to happen to him I will burn. every. single. character. in. this. book. That said. I really enjoyed this book (save for ending). Recommendable. Now, please, gimme the last book of this trilogy. Pretty, pretty, please?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kaya

    WHAT THE HECK THAT COVER IS FLIPPING GORGEOUS ______________________________ WE HAVE A TITLE!!! Archenemies...Adrian and Nova better end up together or I'm retiring to a hole. Where no one will ever find me...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amira

    I need the sequel. NOW. i love this series so much and although this one felt very anticlimactic compared to the first one, i wasn't bothered much by that. I love Nova, Adrian and the whole superheroes vibe.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid

    Still hard-core fangirling over this cover. Just look at how stunning it is!? Can November 6 arrive sooner please?

  26. 4 out of 5

    alexandra

    I'M SCREAMING SEND HELP AJAVAIBAOSBDJ

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

    Updated November 18, 2018: Archenemies is exciting, gripping and amazing. Time is running out and only Nova and Adrian can save Gatlon City but they are both each other’s worst nightmare. Nova’s double life is becoming more complicated, as Insomnia, she is a member of the Renegades and as Nightmare she is a member of the Anarchists and is divided by the two goals of both groups and by her growing feelings for Adrian who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both Nova and Adrian have discovered shocki Updated November 18, 2018: Archenemies is exciting, gripping and amazing. Time is running out and only Nova and Adrian can save Gatlon City but they are both each other’s worst nightmare. Nova’s double life is becoming more complicated, as Insomnia, she is a member of the Renegades and as Nightmare she is a member of the Anarchists and is divided by the two goals of both groups and by her growing feelings for Adrian who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both Nova and Adrian have discovered shocking truths about the Anarchists and the Renegades and secret plans that both have for the other. Nova, Adrian and their crew face new crimes, new missions and more danger as they question not only their beliefs about justice but also their feelings for each other. As the line of good and evil being to blur, both Nova and Adrian understand that too much power could mean the end of Gatlon City and the even the world. Archenemies is filled with truth and secrets, danger, action, new powers, shocking discoveries and decisions. Nova continues to be a member of both the Renegades and Anarchists, gaining the trust of the Renegades and learning their weakness in order to bring them down. Nova discovers that the Renegades plans to use a dangerous weapon known Agent N, against villains and any prodigy that don’t follow the Renegades code. To get closer to finding Ace’s helmet, a powerful item to help Ace increase his powers, Nova must get closer to Adrian, however the more she does the more she develops feelings for Adrian. Decisions are made, lies continue to build and paths are chosen as Nova faces more challenges for the future she wants. Adrian continues to bring justice to Gatlon City while keeping his secret as the Sentinel from those around him. Adrian remains determined to learn who killed his mother and bring justice to villains and his search leads him to believe that Nightmare is still alive. Soon Adrian discovers the dark side of the Renegades and what kind of hero he is as he faces new villains, more questions, inner conflict and difficult decisions. I enjoy the moments between Nova and Adrian and how their feelings for each other started out small and lead to something more. I really like them together but oh man their secrets will eventually destroy this relationship. This leads to conflicts between them regarding to where they stand about the Renegades, the Anarchists and society but also their own beliefs. Nova is more determined to bring down the Renegades than she was in the first book. She is divided between both groups in regards to her beliefs and where she stands. Adrian remains mostly the same as far as he wants to bring justice to the city but he is more determined to do more and find himself as a hero. He is also questioning himself on his beliefs about what is justice and struggles after discovering what he discovers in the book. Max is a sweetheart and hate that he is being used the way he is. Ruby and Oscar are still awesome and funny. Danna I don’t like. I actually grew to hate the Renegade Council more. I also hate Frostbite and her team even more than before. Overall, Archenemies was incredible. I love this series, it’s awesome. I agree that the Renegades have too much power, authority, and are corrupted and that the non-prodigies need to fend for themselves instead of relying on heroes all the time. I just love Meyer’s work and how she keeps me eager for what happens next. The last hundred pages left me eager for the next and the ending left me with a mixture of emotions. Can’t wait for the final book. Updated November 28, 2017: OMG the ending! I must have book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ann (annreads)

    “That’s human nature, isn’t it? People want to put someone on a pedestal. Maybe it gives them something to dream about.” I’M STILL SCREAMING AFTER THAT ENDING OMG🙉 IS IT NOVEMBER 2019 ALREADY? *cries* 4.5/5★★★★★

  29. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    I am crying. I need the sequel. I didn’t realise the end was the end. It’s now definitely one of my top 3 series in the whole world. I need the sequel. Give me the sequel. PLEASE.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee » Library In The Country

    this cover is freaking beautiful

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