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Archenemies

Renegades, Book 2
Written by: Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler
Series: Renegades Series, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated: 

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist - a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew – Ruby, Oscar, and Danna -- are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other.

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what's clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city – and the world – as they know it.

©2018 Rampion Books (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"The narrators excel in portraying the two protagonists. Bittner's jovial tone captures Adrian's sense of hope and justice, while Soler snarls through antihero Nova's angst-filled diatribes. In addition, Bittner and Soler keep the large cast of secondary characters sorted out so well that it seems like there are way more than two narrators." (AudioFile)

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BEST BOOK EVER

It's seriously the best book I've read in a long time. Love the characters and the conflicts they go through, the questions and the ethics the readers have to wonder about. The performance actors are amazing, they really got me engaged with the story. Can't wait for the third book 😍😍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-09

Overall Good, Pacing a Problem

First of all, I love the way Marissa Meyer writes. She's one of my favorite authors. Her characters are always distinct and memorable. But...along with Winter, I have issues with this book. While Winter struggled with an improbable plot and to a lesser degree, pacing, the core of this book's issue was slow pacing. I found myself getting bored with the descriptions of artifacts. I wanted action in this book and it disappointed me how much of it was devoted to description. So I'd say the book was flawed but overall enjoyable. What I loved was: 1. The Characters. They come to life. Each different than the next. 2. That ending. Set up well, you can tell Meyer is a good writer and where she's going (hopefully, please don't be another Allegiant). I don't want to be too critical, because I enjoyed it, but it does have its struggles. I'm still not used to Audiobooks so I like the female actor doing female voices and the male actor doing male voices. A lot. The problem is when they do the opposite gender. It distracts me by how fake they sound. I don't know if that's common in Audiobooks or not, so I'm not going to knock the book for it. Overall, I would recommend, but definitely the second book in a series. I hope it ends well, or else I'd say this story could've been told in two books.

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  • vincent
  • 2018-11-30

More "Lifetime Channel" than "SciFi" Channel..

This book spends 95 percent of the time with the main character moaning over and over and over and OVER again about how "I love Adrian... but I can't love Adrian... but... I DO love Adrian.." and only about 5 percent actual super hero story. It was a huge disappointment considering that the first book was pretty good.

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  • Quinn
  • 2018-11-12

Blatantly Rushed

It's a cool world and plot but Marissa always patters around insignificant, repetitive, platonic scenes and waits till the last 2 hours for any actual plot development to happen.

Not to mention her characters are making less and less sense as she contradicts herself without any definitive explanation to it.

It just seems like she writes (pretty good stuff, mind you!) but it doesn't connect till she stumbles through enough of it to find a plotline..

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  • AlmostTooBusyToRead
  • 2018-11-09

AAAAAAAA SO GOOD

at first its kinda slow but then SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENS MARISSA GOT US FOR A REAL ONE WOWWWWWWW

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  • CC
  • 2018-11-09

A great surprise!

I loved this book! More than anything, I thought I knew where the story was going, but it completely defied my expectations. Loved this book! can't recommend it enough!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-07

Really good, but I would suggest a few edits.

I really enjoyed the book. The powers are fun, and the characters are done pretty well. I recommend it to people who enjoyed her other series, and who like super heroes.
Before reading forward it should be warned that this review contains very mild spoilers about events in the book and suggestions for edits.


Suggested edits:

Something that bothered me while listening to it is that during the first half of the book every time a character who hasn’t been seen for a few pages steps into the scene they are reintroduced, and the reader is reminded how the main character knows them. Especially, in regards to the council members.
For me it was distracting and kind of annoying since I knew who they were and didn’t need a character bio every time they popped up to remind me who the were.
The book also starts with a cast list so even if a reader forgot who someone is they can just flip to the front and remind themselves, so repeated introductions aren’t needed.
There are also a couple of inconsistencies which could be addressed in future editions of the book.
One is that in the character list a character by the name of Hawthorn is stated as being an anarchist, one of the main factions in the book. She has no affiliation with the group during this book, and none in the previous book. I don’t know if affiliation will be mentioned in the third book, I haven’t finished the series, but I have my doubts.
The second inconsistency is during a fairly important battle Nova is wearing a mask, which is described as being made from steel, and she uses a blow gun.
The way the mask is described it doesn’t have a hole for her mouth, and she doesn’t remove her mask so while it is cool that she uses it, it also doesn’t make sense how.
She also climbs around 24 stories,which would be roughly 240 feet, using mostly her arm strength as she doesn’t have any special gripping mechanisms in her boots. It is stated that she should have plenty of foot holds because there are window sills, but Nova is small, so while the could allow her rest for a bit, they aren’t going to help much with the actual climbing.
Last complaint: she goes to a party and dresses nice to where her friends are all very surprised and tell her she looks amazing, but there is no description for the reader to know what she looks like. That was annoying since there was previous hype from the character helping her to pick her outfit and we didn’t get a description of the end result. Everyone else of import had a description.

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  • Lisa R. Baker
  • 2020-01-26

Really good

I liked this better than I expected so I gave it a 5 star. The series is good but as I LOVED the Cinder series, was struggling a bit with this one. But by the end of this book, I was hooked! Starting 3 today.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-12

Great story

I’ve enjoyed reading about the super hero side of powers through this series as opposed to the usual fairy tales and magic. Rebecca Soler did an excellent job again, however, Dan Bittner’s narration was cringey. I wish the two got together somewhat to agree on how the characters should be portrayed. Aside from the male narration, I’m loving this series and will finish it.

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  • Riley Hayes
  • 2019-12-16

Another wonderful book in this series

This book is filled with laughter, mystery, mayhem, intrigue, political and philosophical theories, and even a bit of spy-work. Anyone who wants to read a grade A book should be reading this series.

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  • Kat
  • 2019-12-12

Amazing Audiobook!

I think it comes as no surprise for anyone who enjoyed Renegades that Archenemies brings that same captivating storytelling we got with the first book in the series. The world building is amazing and it’s so unique to see a story like this told in this format as it’s reminiscent of the Marvel and DC universes. The characters are fully fleshed out with their own motivations and backstories and the narrator does a wonderful job making the voices in the story unique! Definitely one of my favorite audiobooks that I’d recommend to any fan of books with superpowered characters!