Arch Enemies by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer’s updated fairytale series Lunar Chronicles is one of my all-time favorite YA series. With sassy and complex heroines (and heroes), an intriguing sci-fi imagined world, and a knowing nod to all the fairytales we are so familiar with, Marissa Meyer captivated, surprised, and hooked many readers, (including me). To check out our earlier reviews of the individual books in this series, click here. We also recommended her stand alone novel Heartless, a novel that tells the back story of the Queen of Hearts (and other characters) of ALICE IN WONDERLAND fame.
Now we are immersed in her second series, Renegades. Arch Enemies continues the harrowing adventures of our heroes, Nova and Adrian. Both have secret lives and identities they are hiding from each other, even as their friendship and possible budding romance grows. Against a backdrop of a dystopia ruled by prodigies with Super Powers (Renegades), as well as a group of Anarchists who citizens views as Super Villains, the relationships and adventures among the complex characters is compelling. I can’t give the plot 5 stars, though. . .it gets a bit convoluted and silly at times, and I only stayed with it because of the characters. I’m glad there will be a third book to hopefully pull it all together. If you are a fan, I think you’ll want to read this new trilogy, but if you are new to Meyer’s writing, check out the earlier novels first.