Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Publish Date: November 5, 2019
Date Read: November 9, 2019
Number of Pages: 549
Stars: 3/5 ⭐️
Summary on Back:
“All’s fair in love and anarchy… The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their alliesm and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.”
I have been anxiously anticipating the release of this book for so long. I really loved Renegades and Archenemies. Like the other two books, Supernova is in third person point of view alternating between Nova and Adrian.
I was, frankly, quite disappointed with how the book ended. The book itself was definitely well written, but I felt that what the first two books were building was kind of thrown out of the window. In both Renegades and Archenemies, the reader can equally see both sides, the Renegades and the Anarchists. It showed that it was more than just one group and another, they both had good points and they both make mistakes. In Supernova, everyone became heroes in the end except for some of the dead anarchists.
Personally, I feel that it would go better with the themes of the first two books if somehow both sides found a way to form a truce or something like that, instead of everyone turning on Ace Anarchy. It basically agreed with the side the Renegades held in the first book rather than a more neutral side where you could see the gray areas. It turned into an us and them trope which was disappointing.
Before Supernova came out, I had read some theories and a lot of them ended up coming true, but the ones that came true kind of ruined the book.
I also was not happy with how Ace and Nova’s relationship was portrayed in this book. Before, he had seemed less selfish and like he actually had cared for Nova. A healthy relationship between them could have improved their character archs. Instead, he began a power-hungry villain obsessed with being a god all of a sudden, and he was the reason behind a lot of Nova’s problems. It really just proved the anti-anarchist stance the Renegades held, and it proved he really was a “monster.”
Before this, Ace was portrayed quite differently. He saved Nova after her family was killed, he was proud of her for infiltrating their enemies, etc. Instead of Nova coming to realize that he was as bad and monstruous as the Renegades made him seem, it should have been the opposite. The Renegades should have come to realize that Ace’s Age of Anarchy had its merit and he was not as bad as he seemed.
And this could be an unpopular opinion, after all, I really like the idea of gray areas. The idea that those perceived as villains are more than just horrible people. That the heroes are not as good and righteous as everyone believes. That is what really interested me about the first two books because I felt that they were showing how things were not always as black and white as people believe, so it disappointed me when that was thrown out.
The book is not all bad though. It was definitely well-written, and I did enjoy all the action. I like it when I read a book and I can feel all of the emotions the characters are feeling, and this book definitely made me feel that way. If it weren’t for the way the character archs and the story arch went, I would have absolutely adored this book.
"It was a destruction and creation at once. It was a supernova."