Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Renegade by J.A. Souders

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  • Publisher: Tor Teen
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 364
  • Source: Provided by publisher for review
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Overview

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.

Her memories have been altered.

Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.

And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.


My Thoughts

Wow!! For real guys. I was so excited for this book since I heard about it back at the beginning of the year and it was so worth the wait! This book jumps right into things. It  is fast paced and totally engaging. An underwater utopia that is completely self sufficient. What a cool concept. And the way it is described and how it's made is just amazing. The brain washing or "conditioning" gives it the controlled government aspect and the fact that people are killed on the spot for breaking the strict law makes this magnificent! The main character is fantastic and even more, the villain is awesome!! You totally hate her, but it makes you want so much more for Evelyn to come out on top. This was such an interesting and twisted story and I loved every second of it. 

Evelyn is such a great character because she doesn't really know herself. When you are discovering things about her, you do it along with her for the most part. She thinks she has a condition and is forgetful, and it isn't until later that she discovers that that it is all being done to her. There is nothing wrong with her brain except the fact that Mother controls her. She is so strong and determined though and she fights with all she has to keep Mother from gaining that control. She will do anything to help Gavin escape, even risk her own life to do it.

Gavin I totally loved. He is a Surface Dweller as they are known in Elysium. He is the one who gets Evelyn to realize that Mother is taking her memories. He gets her to trust him and want more than anything to help him escape, but he won't leave without her. He wants to get to know her, he starts to fall for her and he will not leave her behind.

So yeah, the romance is kinda insta-love, but it didn't really bother me. They did get to know each other, it was just sped up a bit which will happen when a crazy is out to kill you. The chemistry was definitely there. They really just connect and I couldn't help cheering them on and hope that they would make it out of there alive. The romance aspect of it just made the story that much more intense. 

The only real issue I had with this was the fact that Evelyn was instantly so willing to want to help Gavin when he first runs into her Garden. I get that she has an obsession with the Surface, but she knows the risk of helping him and it seems quite foolish on her part. Besides that, I absolutely loved this. From her viciously brutal Mother, to the things they go through to try to escape, this was heart pounding action from start to finish. The tension was incredible and I felt like I couldn't devour this book fast enough, but at the same time didn't want it to end. 5 out of 5 stars

22 comments:

  1. Seen lots of good things about this one. Great review.

    Valerie

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  2. I didn't love this book quite as much as you did but I can see why everyone does! I also really liked discovering Evie along with her, and I also totally loved Gavin. Fabulous review, dear! x

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    1. Gavin was so great!! I loved his character.

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  3. YEAH! I'M SO EXCITED!!! No really! If you didn't like this one I might have to rethink our friendship! bahaha. It was so dark and insane! And yeah it was insta-lovey but it didn't bother be either. And mother--what a crazy bitch! EEK! So happy you loved it too! :D

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    1. OMG!! This book was epic!! I can't believe you would even think that me, your #soulmate wouldn't love it!!

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  4. So glad you loved this book! I will make sure I pick it up :)

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  5. GAH! I went and bought this one yesterday and will be reading it as soon as I finish Ultraviolet, I can't wait! Seeing Giselle's review and now yours, I know I am going to love it. I'm happy that the insta-love didn't ruin it for you! I can't wait to read about Mother, she sounds so CREEPY!

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  6. So glad you loved this one. I thought it was utterly fabulous! A lot of people seemed to think it was a case of insta-love, except for me. I thought that the time that progressed and intense situations they were put through made the relationship process reasonably timed, at least in comparison to others I've read. Great review girlie!!

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  7. Okay, I skimmed your review a bit b/c I'm reading Renegade for the tour. But your enthusiasm has me super excited to read it. And can I just say, I got my copy a couple of days ago, and it's one of the most gorgeous covers.
    Great review, hon!

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  8. I love this cover. The colors are so vibrant. I'm so glad you loved this. Great review love!

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  9. Oooh, cool. I don't think I've ever read an underwater book that isn't a mermaid book, so I'm very intrigued!

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  10. Agreed! I loved this book! I only finished this a few days ago and thought it was fab.

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  11. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! It took me completely by surprise and I reallllly liked it, so this review is fantastic. Like you, I was a little "meh" towards Gavin initially and Evie's reasons, but ultimately, I think their romance won me over. More or less. ;) Either way, I can't wait for the sequel! :D

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  12. I can live with kinda instant-love. Sometimes it works :) Evelyn & Gavin sound like great characters! The whole concept of the Underwater Utopia is fantastic, I can't wait to dive into this book ;) Great review!

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  13. Great review! I have been seeing this book around quite a lot lately and a lot of people seemed to really love it. It sounds really good though and I definitely will place it on my list to pick up soon. I can't wait to meet Evelyn and Gavin!

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  14. OOH I am SO glad you loved this one! I really wanted to read it and I got accepted for it on NG the minute it was taken off and I was like a really pissy cow when I saw it! *kills someone* But hmm don't know how I feel about insta-love but Evelyn and Gavin sound like totally amazing characters!

    And to answer your question, I have a very weird brain lol ;) Like seriously. I just was like "Hey, you know, finding out what happens before I even read the first page is like the best idea in the world." I had a total brain fart lol ;P

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  15. Evelyn sounds like an awesome character to get to know! and im glad this book was fast-paced and just got to the story. Though im not THAT excited about it being insta-love, because that bothers me BIG TIME! But, ill give it a try! Great review Amy!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  16. I have been seeing this book all over my favorite blogs and I have decided that I need it. NOW. LOL. I usually don't dig insta love at all, but there have been times when I'm okay with it. Great review!

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  17. Awesome review Amy! I've been hearing such good things about this book, I'm happy you loved it so much as well :) Thanks for sharing the mind-blowing-ness haha

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  18. Great review, Amy. I am really excited to read this one. I almost bought it yesterday but I bought Ashes of Twilight instead. I guess I will have to wait until next month now. Aghhhh! Great review though.

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  19. I can so get over insta-love for underwater-utopia!

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