Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
Well. That happened.
I think it’s safe to say (as of like 5 books ago) that Marissa Meyer is one of my absolute favorite authors. If all the books of hers that I’ve loved weren’t enough, going to her signing and seeing how amazing and down to earth she is just melted my heart. Marissa, I would gladly have you officiate my Lunar Chronicles themed wedding (for those of you who didn’t hear her “FAQ’s” that she answered on her tour, she not so jokingly said she would LOVE for someone to ask her this).
This book picks up not too long after everything that went down in the first book, it wasn’t IMMEDIATELY following, but it wasn’t years later either. Our Sentinel is now going out and about and capturing criminals left and right and our dear Nightmare still hates him. Meanwhile, Nightmare manages to royally piss Adrian off and he now has a vendetta against her. Bum bum bummmmm.
Guys. Guys. Now they’re archenemies. *gasp*
That aside, this book was really cool for a lot of reasons. We got to see more behind the scenes stuff for how the Renegades operate. The weapons and artifacts department was so freaking cool. I loved the introduction of both Callum and Snapshot.
The pace was so well set, once I got reading, I honestly couldn’t stop. One little thing after another kept happening, all building up to just sheer chaos and it was honestly beautifully done.
It was also extremely cool to see some of Ace’s powers in action and sort of understand exactly what the Renegades were up against when he was at the height of his power with the helmet.
Overall, I adore this book. Nova manages to irk me left and right though with her blind devotion to Ace’s cause. She even had a few moments of doubt that made me want to scream at her because she so obviously fits in better with the Renegades. But I think that’s a big part of the point Meyer is trying to make… none of us are completely good or bad. None of us are strictly villains or heroes. Look at Frostbite’s team. Look at the Sentinel. Look at Nova. Most of us lie somewhere in the middle and that’s why neither side should be in power 100%. There needs to be some rules and regulations, to an extent. But this book really managed to make that gray area a lot bigger, especially with the introduction of Agent N. GAH.
That last 50 pages was so beyond intense, I’m still processing everything that happened. All I know is that Frostbite has got to be one of the absolute worst characters (in the sense that they’re just plain horrible as a person) I have ever witnessed.
I absolutely cannot wait for the next book to come out.