Published: November 5, 2019
Read as: US hardcover
Average Goodreads rating: 4.56
My rating: 3
Some people were always meant to be heroes.
Just like some people were always meant to be villains.
My thoughts are a little scattered on this book so lets see if we can talk through it. Supernova is the third and final installment in Marissa Meyer’s Renegades trilogy. It features a city that has struggled to bring itself back to some semblance of normal after a war between heroes and villains with various superpowers. In this book, the head honcho villain from that war returns to the city to again lay claim to it and throws everything into chaos.
Now, I absolutely adored the second book of this series, Archenemies. It had wonderful character growth, a fascinating cast, and a plot that I just couldn’t turn away from. For a year I had been waiting for this final installment on pins and needles. I needed it. I had to get back to these characters and follow them in this concluding novel. My heart was full of rainbows and butterflies as I snuggled in to pop this book open.
Unfortunately the story fell really flat for me and will end up being one of my biggest disappointments of the year.
To start off, there were a few things about the book that I did enjoy. For the first half things were clipping along nicely. We had the same characters in various states of perilous peril, learning new things about themselves and the people around them. Nova, our fierce borderline villainous lead, ends up in a few situations that are highly stressful and require her to really think on her feet. It was a joy reading along as she did her very best to sort through her problems in an attempt to conquer her goals. I liked seeing her collect new allies and discover new things about herself as her life gets thrown into a hectic turmoil.
By the time we get to the mid point of the book, however, the fun has ended. All my hopes and dreams for this to be a five star read began crashing down around me. Characters who had been set up and we knew their personalities started acting out of character, made decisions that had no sense to them, and sub plots that were supposed to have terrible consequences fizzled out into nothing more than wet sparklers.
Genuinely, it felt as if someone besides Meyer had written the second half of this book. It didn’t feel like that rest of the series whatsoever in that the plot became helter-skelter and rushed, characters weren’t behaving and reacting to anything the way they should have, and plot points that should have made a huge impact fell away into nothing.
Being a superhero book and a concluding novel, of course there was a big battle sequence at the end. While this brought some light back into the story, what really sealed the deal for me was the book’s epilogue. I was prepared to still give this book four stars because the ending battle scene brought life back into this otherwise lifeless novel.
But. That epilogue had me seeing red. I was furious. I felt that it destroyed so much of the character growth behind Nova and was little more than bid to write a spin off series from this trilogy. Never in all my thirty-three years have I been made so angry by the ending of a book.
In conclusion, this could have been a fantastic novel. I was ready and willing to fall in love with this book and had anticipated it being a full five glowing stars but instead I find myself waffling between two and three stars. I feel betrayed by this series and I think I’m going to keep feeling that way for a long time. If a spin-off series is made from this, which I certainly get the feeling there will be, I won’t be touching it.
A spoiler-filled review of this book was also posted on my YouTube channel, you can see that here.