cover image Archenemies


Marissa Meyer. Feiwel and Friends, $19.99 (496p) ISBN 978-1-250-07830-8

This sequel to Renegades finds Nova, a superpowered “prodigy,” firmly embedded as a double agent among the Renegades (a powerful band of superheroes), covertly working toward destroying them and reviving the defeated Anarchists (a team of villains). Meanwhile, her Renegade teammate Adrian flounders, torn between the Renegade code and the unconstrained power he wields as the vigilante Sentinel, his secret identity. A new weapon capable of permanently removing a prodigy’s powers offers new possibilities for both Renegades and Anarchists—and for unexpected common ground between Adrian and Nova. Meyer is fantastic with superpowers, and the best moments in the book involve ingenious or breathtaking displays of ability, as well as entertaining hints of a centuries-long prodigy history. Much of the plot, however, revolves around thin quests for empowered objects, while the narrowed focus on Adrian and Nova’s deepening romance undercuts both the powers that make them interesting and the larger cast of characters. Following an exhilarating opening, the middle section treads water, never quite capturing the novelty and urgency of the first book, but the page-turner conclusion will leave readers eager for the final installment. Ages 12–up. [em](Nov.) [/em]