I’m definitely a completionist when it comes to book series, but it took me two years to finally read Archenemies by Marissa Meyer, the second book in the Renegades trilogy, because the first book was pretty disappointing to me. That said, I love Meyer, and I love the audiobook narrator Rebecca Soler (she splits the narration of these novels which are dual perspective) and I’d heard book two got better, and with the trilogy now all published, I’ve decided it’s time to finally finish it.
I don’t want to spoil Renegades but basically this is a trilogy about a world where some people have powers (prodigies) and act as superheroes. Nova, whose entire family was murdered when these superheroes (the Renegades) didn’t protect them, infiltrates the group on behalf of a secret organization dedicated to vengeance. The other perspective of the book is Adrian, a Renegade who can make things he draws come to life and forms a strong connection with Nova. But both of them have secrets they are keeping from each other.
I definitely though the intensity of Archenemies improved compared to Renegades, although it does have a bit of a “middle book syndrome” where things happen but you’re still waiting for those big moments which are clearly being saved for the final book. I thought the relationship dynamic was great in this book and Meyer did an awesome job building the tension in that regard. I didn’t adore this book, since I really feel like not much happened until the very end, but I did enjoy it and I will be completing the series when my audiobook hold for Supernova comes in. If you are going to pick up this series, I really do recommend the audiobooks!