Renegades (Recruits) by Thomas Locke

Not to be confused with Marissa Meyer’s recently published Renegades.

Twins Sean and Dillon are using their transit abilities for good–but not everyone sees it that way. Arrested and imprisoned by a clandestine group within the highest reaches of the Human Assembly, Sean and Dillon are forced to choose sides between those who wish to serve and those who seek to rule.
At the same time within a distant outpost system, a young soldier is coming into his own. Logan has known since childhood that he possessed a special ability–a distinct form of transiting called ghost-walking. Though ghost-walking has been outlawed for centuries, Logan is secretly drawing together a crew for a risky quest.
The fates of these three young men will lead them, along with the entire Assembly, to the brink of destruction in this inventive tale of adventure, honor, and the things worth fighting for.


Title: Renegades

Series (if applicable): Recruits

Author: Thomas Locke

Publisher: Revell

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction
My Rating: three stars

My Review:

Not Recommended, even for a sci-fi fan.

I’m going to start off with this: I have no clue what just happened. That is not a good thing in this case. I’m normally a huge fan of most Sci-Fi, but this one just flopped for me. I’ll admit I did not read the first book, but I hoped I could have a general idea of the series. Boy, was I wrong.

~ Renegades cannot be read as a stand-alone book. ~

You’re expected to know who the characters are and what happened in the last book. Apparently, a lot happened in the last book that made it super difficult for me to know who the characters were. Apparently, someone was in a coma… and it mentioned some of the twins’ break-ups with their old girlfriends. This all happened in the last book, so it was a bit confusing for me. I wish I had realized this before going into the book.

~ There was no plot and the story was …what even happened?

Like I started out in the beginning of my review, the story was utterly confusing. The plot was all over the place and there were multiple things that made no sense. I was super clueless for the whole book. I rarely got into it, if I ever did at all. Where did Landon’s kidnapping fit into all of this? Am I expected to understand court trials? Because I did not get Sean and Dillion’s trial… way too complicated for me. Had I not been given a copy to review, I probably would not have finished it. I don’t even want to begin with the characters. I just felt no connection at all with them. The closest I even got to that was probably with Logan… but that ended quickly. Was this like the first book?

Other thoughts…

Even though there was minor romance and although it’s mostly clean, it still was annoying. I thought this was a christian author, but the book is more secular than the books I’ve seen around by him. I will hand it to him that he did make a pseudonym for Sci-Fi, but I really didn’t expect a girl to literally just admit her feelings to a guy right away and then literally kiss him. How appropriate is that? And dragons… I mean, dragons are cool if done well, but it just seemed randomly thrown in.
Overall, I am just disappointed by this author and I really wouldn’t read another book by him. At least “Thomas Locke”.

Content Warnings:
Minor romance: mentions of attraction, break-ups, a kiss once.
Violence: one death, lots of battle/war, etc.

I received this book from Interviews and Reviews in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to provide a positive one.

This review was written in my own words and opinions.

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