Parents' Guide to

Archenemies: Renegades, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sequel is slow to build, full of super-spy intrigue.

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+


Its kinda slow. I skipped a little in it, but... The romance is tame, and throughout the entire series, there is only one passionate kiss, which is ended by Nightmare.
age 14+

Great Sequel!

In my opinion, this book was even better than the first. The character development was fleshed out a little more and there were more opportunities for the characters to make more important decisions. This book can get a little violent so more sensitive readers might get uncomfortable. There is more passionate kissing in this novel in addition to characters sleeping in close proximity to each other (non-sexual.) Adrian also has two fathers who are married. The book also contains a--, h--l, and d--n. Overall, an excellent story for those who are looking for some action. Can't wait for the third book!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Like the first book, this superhero spy sequel takes a while to warm up the plot lines, romance, and intrigue, but pulls it together in a heroic flourish near the end. And it goes deep with themes about power struggles and human rights. When a super villain is stripped of his power while a horde of Renegades cheer for their new weapon, the line between good and bad guys softens and things get interesting. Especially when both Nova, the spy, and Adrian, the secret vigilante, both voice their fears about what this means for them and society.

If only all the layers of the story held that depth and cohesion. Nova and Adrian are stagnant characters in Archenemies. Sure, they let themselves fall for each other, and they have some sweet moments, but they both get stuck in their thinking and author Marissa Meyer gets stuck repeating why Nova still wants revenge and why Adrian can't tell his dads or Nova about his alter-ego. Their convictions don't stand up, and it's a relief when the action unfolds at the end. All the storylines converge well here and supers get to do what they do best: wield their cool powers.

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