“Archenemies” by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
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.
Meyer is a genius with upping the stakes. Archenemies starts out slower. It took a while for me to get drawn back into this world and place who everyone was. Just when you start to get comfortable with where the story is going, she drops some awesome bombshells on you.
Archenemies continues to make it incredibly difficult to choose sides. The Renegades and the Anarchists both have their flaws and their strengths. Neither one really is all ‘good’ or ‘bad’. This allows the characters to be realized. Even the small, side characters have depth because of this.
I always enjoy politics on my fantasy/sci-fi so I loved the introduction of Agent N. A chemical that takes away a Prodigy’s powers? Obviously, that could be a good thing if someone is actively being attacked. But there are too many ‘what ifs’ to consider. What if a Renegade has a grudge? What if a Renegade acts on instinct and the scene isn’t what it appears? What if there’s a missed shot? Even though I don’t have powers, I felt the utter dread of this powerful substance that’s being release unregulated.
Meyer’s endings are always killer and this book is no exception. It builds to an amazing crescendo and all the pieces fall into place. I’m in an absolute book hang over. I have no idea how I’ll be ready for Supernova.