Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Good Morning Lovelies,

Today I am reviewing Archenemies by Marissa Meyer, the second book in the Renegades trilogy. Those who know me know I am a HUGE  superhero nerd. I grew up reading comics and graphic novels and I love seeing the Marvel and DC movies with my family! That is why I was so excited to listen to this book on audio and I can’t wait to share my thoughts!


Time is running out.

Together, they can save the world.

But they each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.


Listening to this book on audio was such a cool experience, I felt like I was living the book along with the characters. This book picked up a few weeks (maybe) after Renegades ended with the battle of the carnival.

Nova is keeping her double agent persona of Insomnia and Adrian is still being the Sentinel a secret. Despite the fact their alter egos are enemies, they find themselves becoming closer and closer together.

One thing I found really interesting was the ethics of the serum known as Agent N. This serum essentially takes away prodigy powers. The Renegades are essentially saying it is up to their discretion who gets to keep powers and who’s gets taken away. Nova believes this is a violation of prodigy rights. They shouldn’t be the ones who get to chose what crimes are worthy of taking away a part of a person’s identity. Because of this, I have been questioning my sense of who is wrong and who is right within the context of the book.

This kind of obstacle can easily be translated into our modern lives and I think Marissa Meyer did a wonderful job writing it.


I was really happy with the dual perspectives between Adrian and Nova in this book. Being able to see events from both their perspectives made me see both the hero and villain side of every issue. It was a little frustrating at times when listening to both Nova and Adrian profess their feelings for each other in their heads but not actually doing anything about it! Other than that, I wish we had heard more from the other Renegades in the team and Max!
For me, the  MVP of this book was Oscar, he kept making laugh out loud and I was always so happy when he was in scenes!

Last Thoughts

Overall I was really happy with this book/audiobook. The readers did a really good job bringing the story to life and I felt like the novel flew by! Not a lot of the big mysteries were revealed, so I am hoping those wrap up in the next book Supernova!


I give  this book

4 Nutella

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XOX Shelby Grace

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