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Archenemies

Renegades, Book 2
Written by: Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler
Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 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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  • 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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  • daniela
  • 2019-03-16

Amazing

This book is so good, I’m just mad that I have to wait till November for the finale! I personally didn’t find it slow to build like some reviewers. This book is hard to put down (or turn off if you use audible). Highly recommended!

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  • Zageron
  • 2019-03-14

what the hell

I've never read a book that kept me twists in anxious knots for so long. the last 5 hours were stupid intense.

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  • Jonathan Feldschuh
  • 2019-03-10

amazing voices

I loved the voice actors, they had a lot of emotion and really brought the story to life. Would definitely recommend

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  • Zebra3
  • 2019-02-26

Get to the point, already!

I liked this book overall. The characters are well realized and they are performed well.

My main problem with it is the tedium we have to wait through for the author to get to the point. Nova has endless inner monologues many, many, many times. And they don’t really serve a purpose. Maybe the first one or two times would have been okay for her to express her self-doubt. But it happens practically every single chapter. It doesn’t do anything to advance the plot or make her a more fleshed out character. Nova at the end of the book is the same Nova at the beginning of the book. Adrian is written better, but still suffers from focusing too much on little things too much for too long. It gets incredibly boring. I really don’t need five minutes of narration that describes him walking across a room. Meyer needed an editor to tell her to trim the fat.

It’s not a bad book. It’s just frustrating that I have to sit through tedium to get the otherwise very solid superhero story.

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  • gold
  • 2019-02-23

Compelling Sequel

I really enjoyed this audiobook and the story of the renegades and the anarchists. I really like the characters relationships with one another.