A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Imagines what could happen when society breaks down, and how hard it is to maintain the balance of personal freedoms vs. safety and order -- of course, here superheroes are added into the mix, but the ideas are similar. Readers steeped in the superhero genre will want to make comparisons between this world of Renegades and Anarchists and other superhero worlds.
Like others in the series, Supernova ponders the difference between revenge and justice. Also shows how a government heavily focused on law and order leaves little room for clemency. Love of family wins out over desire for power.
Positive Role Models
The main characters' secrets come out in this finale, but not because either Adrian or Nova want them to. Adrian puts protecting his family above his secrets, and Nova eventually puts love above hers. Both are full of conflict about revealing too much of themselves or their ideals, that don't match up with what's expected of them, but both do what they think is right in the end. Characters are diverse: Nova is half-Italian, half-Filipino; Adrian has dark skin; and a member of their team has long dreadlocks (that turn into butterflies). Adrian and his brother were adopted by gay dads.
Violence & Scariness
Large body count in lead-up battle and final battle, with a few named and beloved characters also killed (a snapped neck, a stabbing, a shooting). Fighting mostly a superpowered affair with telekinesis, stinging insects, chemical injections and burns, but guns also in the mix. Some raw descriptions when tattoos are carved out with a knife and trackers are injected in prisoners' backs. Much talk of characters' traumatic pasts: parents killed, a man molested as a child. A super villain conjures others' worst fears.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few scenes of kissing.
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"Damned," "badass," "half-assed," and "dammit" said a few times each.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few older characters drink and a man smokes on the street.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Supernova is the third and final book in a superhero trilogy by Marissa Meyer, the best-selling author of the Lunar Chronicles series and Heartless. Expect a large body count in the lead-up battle and final battle, with a few named and beloved characters killed (a snapped neck, a stabbing, a shooting). Fighting is mostly a superpowered affair with telekinesis, stinging insects, chemical injections and burns, but guns also in the mix. There are also some raw descriptions of tattoos carved out with a knife and trackers injected in prisoners' backs. Like the others in the series, this book has constant talk of characters' traumatic pasts, especially parents killed. This time, there's also a man who deals with sexual abuse he suffered as a child. The rest of the content is fairly mild: some kissing, very little swearing ("damned," "badass," "half-assed," "dammit") and older characters drinking. The main characters, Adrian and Nova, reveal their deepest secrets when they have to in order to save loved ones. Love and family win out over the desire for power and revenge.
Is It Any Good?
Like the first two books in this trilogy, this superhero saga takes its time building, but eventually delivers a Marvel-movie-style explosive finish. But here the lines are a little murkier between good guy and bad, especially when a main character worth rooting for is on the wrong side of the law. Nova's trip to prison seems like the end for her, and readers will wonder through most of Supernova how she's going to escape a life sentence by the end. And eve, if you're really optimistic, how she's going to get Adrian back when he knows the truth and she knows his secrets and they are both supposed to be killing each other.
But how else could Supernova end, even if it's a bit far-fetched? Author Marissa Meyer could have dug deeper into her characters to make the romance more believable and compelling, but there are so many other characters and their fancy superpowers in play, there's little room for deeper roots to grow.
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