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         The Renegades are prodigies - humans with extraordinary abilities - who rose from the ruins of a crumbled society and established order and peace. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.
         Nova has her reasons to hate the Renegades and she wants vengeance. Nearing her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice - and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
         Secret identities. Extraordinary powers. “Renegades” comes with a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger and betrayal. This book is definitely something that can not be put down, readers have to binge all of it immediately. 

          Nova Artino, aka Nightmare, is a brilliant heroine, resilient and mysterious to all who meet her. However, the best characteristic about her is that she isn’t mysterious at all. She just wants revenge for what the Renegades did to her family. Plain and simple. But as the book goes on and Nova becomes more tied up in the Renegade’s world, readers can see her allegiances waver. Her struggle to find a family, whether it’s really with the villainous Anarchists or with her Renegade team, gives Nova an incredible depth and intensity. 

          Adrian Everhart, aka Sketch, brings a lot to this table of good and evil. He believes in justice as a righteous concept, not just because his dads are Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden, famous members of the Renegade council. His superpower, bringing his drawings to life, reflects his personality.

          As far as Meyer’s writing is concerned, it offers a bold perspective into the decades old feud between heroes and their adversaries. But it also depicts the human side of things too, how both villains and heroes are people. Her style is her own, vivid and full of color. 

           By far the best thing about “Renegades” is its originality. Although some superpowers are classic, such as invisibility, super-strength and ice-manipulation, most of them are very unique. Monarch has the ability to transform into a swarm of butterflies, Red Assassin can crystallize her blood to make weapons, Phobia can manifest into an enemy’s worst fear and the Detonator can make bombs out of the gases in the air. Both heroes and villains have amazing abilities in this series, most of them reflecting some of the owner’s personality. 

            If you like the ages old battle between good and evil, a bit of romance and an incredible twist at the end, “Renegades,” is the book for you.


       “Player’s Unknown Battleground,” (PUBG) is a multiplayer game that was released in 2017, where players are put in an arena to fight to the death. Much like other battle royale based games, the goal is for the player or their team to be the last person standing. To ensure that all players are forced to fight, the game down sizes the radius of the arena. Those who are caught outside the arena after it shrinks are repeatedly harmed until they are in bounds or they die.  

        The game is not original in any aspect. The concept of the game in general is eerily similar to that of the “Hunger Games” (2008) book series by Suzanne Collins. In the “Hunger Games”, players are put into an arena and forced to kill each other until one person is left standing. Similarly, in PUBG, the players are pushed together by those who control the arena.  Then ontop of not being able to express an original idea, the game fails to provide a unique player experience with uninteresting game play. 

        The items the player gains are based on luck. When the player is put into the arena, they can only hope that they are somewhere near weapons or armor. The only way to customize the weapons the player is given is if they happen to stumble across modifications as they play, unlike “Grand Theft Auto V” (2013) where you are allowed to keep your customized weapons during the multiplayer experience. 

        The game also does not offer character customization outside of the characters skin tone, hairstyles and a select few outfits. The lack of customization leaves little room for players to be unique. if he or she keeps accidentally killing teammates because every character model looks the same.

         The multiplayer experience is as unoriginal as the game itself. Being put against other players with weapons you just so happened to find is similar to the game “The Culling” (2017).

          Even though “The Culling” uses the same principles as PUBG, they made the multiplayer experience different by allowing players to set up traps and the use of currency as a way to get ahead of your teammates. PUBG doesn’t bring an interesting multiplayer experience compared to previous titles.

          All in all, PUBG is just another rip off of every battle royale game with few interesting twists. The idea for the game has been done before through other games and books. The game provides no interesting player customization. The multiplayer aspect of the game is atrocious and doesn’t use the randomly generated luck base and is not worth the 30 dollars players are being charged. 


        Class of 2010 Warren Central Graduate Byron Horton, more commonly known as Skypp, has shown the city what it means to be a Warrior with his musical success.

         Recently, Horton was awarded The Most Promising New Artist at the West Coast Hip Hop Awards and was named Number 8 on the Top 10 Artists to watch in Indiana 2018 by Stop Beefin Radio. He has also been featured in magazines such as ‘Midwest Leak’ and ‘Twenty4Seven,’ opened for artists such as Babyface and has been featured on Fox 59. One of Horton’s most recent achievements was being invited to the 2018 Grammy Awards.

         “Opening the mail, I had no idea what it would be. To see an invitation was mind blowing,” Skypp said.

         The stage name Skypp was created while he was attempting to rhyme certain words for a song he was working on. Since then, he has gone by ‘Skypp,’ which is now a well-known name in the rap world.

         Through his success, he remains humble and does not forget where he came from. For example, in his song “Aim High (Students of Warren Central)” from the album Jaffe 2, he refers to the deaths that the school has experienced and says, ‘I gotta save as many kids as I can, I wanna change the world, I gotta start with me.’ Most of his music relates to a younger audience with a message of staying out of trouble.

         “I'm a very humbled individual, so I don't make it any more difficult than it has to be,” Skypp said.

         Skypp realized music was his calling after performing with his group “Wyze Clik” in the school talent show “Warren’s Got Talent” in 2008.

         After performing in “Warren’s Got Talent,” the group later participated in the StarQuest Performing Arts contest. This was just the beginning for Skypp. He continued to enter in local performing competitions, played mini concerts and also performed at birthday parties.

         In 2015, Skypp came back to Warren Central as a full time substitute teacher.

         “I like to work on music during the summer and release it around the time school starts so I can get back in the presence of my students,” Skypp said.

   Skypp has experienced many difficulties and struggles throughout his life, many of which are displayed in his music. He raps about having to sleep in his car and having days when he does not know what will come next. Skypp lost his best friend and fellow WC class of 2010 graduate, Dakarai Jaffe, on the same day as one of his album releases, Aug. 25, 2011.

         Skypp’s albums, Jaffe and Jaffe 2, were inspired by his best friend, who was a positive influence and support system in his life. He also relies on his family and friends who support his career and his music.

         “My family is very supportive of my music [now]. They were not at first because they didn't like the attention it brought during my high school days,” he said.

         Skypp plans to make his name known in mainstream media and spread his message across the world. He is in the works of a new and exciting album and also plans to further his career by pursuing roles on television.

         “My plans are to be one of the biggest and most inspirational stars of this generation,” Skypp said. “I have a lot of truth and love that I want to spread.”


“A Series of Unfortunate Events”

         This show is a black-comedy drama based on the children’s book series by Lemony Snicket. It follows the unlucky story of the Baudelaire children: Violet, Klaus and Sunny, who lose their home and parents in a mysterious fire. Trapped in the custody of Mr. Poe, a clueless banker in charge of the siblings’ enormous fortune, the children suddenly find themselves fostered by the eccentric and terrible Count Olaf, a “famous” actor. Throughout the season, the children struggle to escape the Count’s clutches and his attempts to steal their fortune.

         The show stars Neil Patrick Harris as the notorious Count Olaf, Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket: the mysterious narrator, Malina Weissman as Violet Baudelaire, Louis Hynes as Klaus Baudelaire, Presley Smith as baby Sunny and K. Todd Freeman as Mr. Poe.

         So far the popular show only has one season, with eight episodes that adapt the first four books of the novel series: “The Bad Beginning,” “The Reptile Room,” “The Wide Window” and “The Miserable Mill.” It has, however, been renewed for a second season, set to arrive March 30, 2018. This season will adapt books five through nine of the novel series: “The Austere Academy,” “The Ersatz Elevator,” “The Vile Village,” “The Hostile Hospital” and “The Carnivorous Carnival.”

         The show has been received extremely well, nominated for several awards since its January 2017 release. Recently, it has been nominated for a 2018 Satellite Award, for Neil Patrick Harris as Best Actor in a Series: Comedy or Musical.

         A great thing about “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is the comedy and its bizarreness. Harris is spectacular as Count Olaf, fully embracing the evil and grandiose side of his character.

The children themselves are admirable, intelligent and brave in the face of the danger Olaf presents. 

“The Crown”

         “The Crown” is a historical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. “The Crown” is the brainchild of Peter Morgan, a British film writer and playwright. The show evolved from Morgan’s 2006 film, “The Queen” and the 2013 stage play, “The Audience.” The series is intended to last 60 episodes over six seasons, covering everything from Elizabeth’s early life to her reign, with new actors being cast every two seasons. Claire Foy portrays the Queen, alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.

         To top off the show’s immense success, at 2017 Golden Globes, the series won the Best Television Series in Drama award. Claire Foy also won Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth. The show was nominated again for the 2018 awards.

One of the best things about “The Crown” is how it shows the Queen in such a personal, vulnerable way as she explores her new role in Buckingham Palace. The love stories and glamourous fashion are more reasons to binge watch this show immediately, who doesn’t love a good romance and a crown? 

“Black Mirror”

         “Black Mirror” is a British science fiction anthology series developed by Charlie Brooker.

It examines modern society, particularly the unanticipated consequences of new technology. The show was inspired by older anthology shows like The Twilight Zone, which were able to deal with controversial, contemporary topics without fear of censorship. Brooker developed “Black Mirror” to highlight topics related to humanity’s dependence on technology, creating stories that feature “the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.”

         “Black Mirror,” has been received with acclaim, winning the 2017 IGN Award for best TV episode, (“San Junipero.”) That particular episode has won a lot itself, winning the 2017 TV Moment of the Year from Diversity in the Media. The show also has plenty of pending awards for 2018.

One big reason to watch this series is that it really shows the dark side of technology. Each episode explores a different facet of the rapidly changing face of the tech world: the future of warfare, our obsession with social media identities and who might be looking through our webcams. All of that has real applications, some of them scarily close to home. 

“What Happened to Monday”

         “What Happened to Monday” is a 2017 dystopian science fiction thriller film directed by Tommy Wirkola. The plot is set in the year 2043, where overpopulation has reached a staggering peak. To combat the amount of babies being born, the government implements a strict one-child-policy. In this world, a woman named Karen Settman dies after giving birth to identical septuplet sisters. Their grandfather, Terrence Settman (Willem Dafoe), names the girls after the days of the week and trains them to pose as a single individual named after their mother, leaving the house only on the day of their name. Years go by without incident, until Monday mysteriously disappears. 

         Probably the most admirable thing about this movie is Noomi Rapace, who plays all seven sisters. Her performances are excellent, playing each sister with a separate personality, which is a nod to her amazing acting ability. Not many actresses could play seven separate roles in one film. The plot, simple at its core, delivers incredible and shocking twists, while maintaining a bit of action and darkness. It almost feels like a mix of “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and “Orphan Black.” 

“First They Killed My Father”

         “First They Killed My Father” is a 2017 biographical historical thriller film directed by Angelina Jolie, based on the memoir of the same name by Loung Ung. The film is set in 1975, depicting 7 year old Ung, (Sreymoch Sareum), a girl who is forced to be trained as a child soldier while her siblings are sent to labor camps during the Communist Khmer Rouge regime. The film has been received with great response, winning the 2017 Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review. One of the admirable things about this film is its sensitive account of a child’s real-life experience, and its broader implications are noteworthy too. Jolie handles this story with great assurance and incredible empathy, telling this tale with truth and respect. Ung is a unique main character, a tragedy told in the eyes of someone who doesn’t quite know what is happening. 

“To the Bone”

         “To the Bone” is a 2017 American drama film, written and directed by Marti Noxon. The film follows a young woman (Lily Collins) as she battles anorexia. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Liana Liberato, Brooke Smith and Retta (Marietta Sirleaf.) There are so many reasons to watch this movie. The first being that it portrays eating disorders as they are, not just as glossed, dramatic roles. It makes sure that the bitterness of reality is included, which is what makes it so applicable to real life. Another reason is that it includes a guy suffering from an eating disorder, verses only women. A common misconception is that only girls suffer through eating disorders, when really guys do too. Also, the script gives each character, specifically Ellen, the main character, an ample opportunity to reveal the character’s more complicated, vulnerable edges. These are not simple, 2D roles to play. “To the

Bone” portrays them as people, which is exactly how they should be treated. 

“Death Note”

         “Death Note” is 2017 fantasy horror film directed by Adam Wingard. The movie is about high schooler Light Turner (Nat Wolff) who stumbles across a notebook, called the Death Note, that gives him the power to choose when and why people die simply by writing the person’s name in the book. Light takes it upon himself to bring true justice to the world by murdering all criminals, no matter what the crime. Light works under a new superhero persona he names “Kira.” After Kira begins making headlines in the news, people begin worshipping him for taking action that the justice system would not. A famous detective named L (Lakeith Stanfield) sees Kira as a serial killer that needs to be locked away, and L will stop at nothing to bring him to justice. While the director tried to stay close to the original material, they ultimately took bolder steps that kept the movie similar to its source but also made it stand-alone. The movie took unique turns by adding in other characters such as Mia, who is another anti-hero like Light. The cast also features notable actors such as Willem Dafoe who played Ryuk, the demon that gifted Light the Death Note. With the combination of unique directing and interesting cast, this movie is a notable Netflix Original. 


       “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical drama directed by Michael Gracey. The film follows the true story of P. T. Barnum, a man who imagined a spectacular show, a show that eventually became the Barnum & Bailey Circus. It also spotlights what an extraordinary impact Barnum made in the lives of his attractions.

         As for the plot line, which can only be seen from the released trailers, the film starts with P.T. Barnum trying to find his way out of poverty. He is trying to provide for his wife and daughters, as well as give them some hope in the world. That’s where his idea takes root. Barnum goes on to gather a variety of performers and those labelled freaks by their peers in order to stage a circus that draws applause from some and the ire of others.

         The movie, slated to be released on December 20th, has sported an incredible cast. Hugh Jackman (“X-Men,” “Les Misérables”) plays none other than Barnum himself. The Australian actor told Variety magazine, “This movie is about taking risks...and that is what is going to propel this business.”

          Jackman also said that the film “is a fantastical rags to riches tale” and a celebration of “creativity and what is unique about each and every one of us.”

         Zendaya, (“Zapped,” “Spiderman: Homecoming”) stars as Anne Wheeler, a trapeze artist.

         The 21-year-old actress had to train for months in order to perfect the acrobatic skills.

        “I got to accomplish something and try a new skill I never thought I’d ever do in my whole life but I did it,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

         Zendaya also commented on what drew her to the role in an interview with Instyle.

        “A big part of my character’s storyline, the reason that she is an oddity, is she and her brother are black... I’m biracial, so there are [shared] experiences there.”

         Zac Efron, (“17 Again,” “Neighbors”) is Phillip Carlyle, Barnum’s protegé. Efron told Vogue that he met Showman’s director years ago at a meeting and when the news finally came in that there was a role for him he was so excited he “wanted to pull over on the 405 and get out of the car and dance.”

         Dance he does, as seen so far from the trailers and clips.

         Other cast members include Rebecca Ferguson (Jenny Lind), Michelle Williams (Charity Barnum), Keala Settle (the Bearded Woman), Sam Humphrey (Charles Stratton) and many more.

        “The Greatest Showman” is a film that celebrates the birth of show business and the life of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. It blatantly proves that no one ever makes a difference by being the same as everyone else.


Sherlock Gnomes

      In 2011, Disney released the animated film “Gnomeo and Juliet,” which mimics the William Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. Gnomeo (James McAvoy), a red lawn gnome, and Juliet (Emily Blunt), a blue lawn gnome, are part of feuding gnome families and fall in love after an interesting encounter outside of their living spaces. With the family rivalry and danger to both of their families, Gnomeo and Juliet struggle to keep their love a secret.

      In “Sherlock Gnomes,” lawn gnomes from both families start going missing. Gnomeo and Juliet enlist Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) to solve the case. This movie will premiere in theatres on March 23, 2018. 

The Incredibles 2

      The first Incredibles movie, which premiered on November 5, 2004, features a family with superhero abilities who is forced to hide their powers until an enemy from the past captures the father, Mr. Incredible. His wife, Elastigirl, and their kids, Dash and Violet, set out to find their father and save him from the enemy, Syndrome.

       After 14 years, Disney and Pixar will be releasing “Incredibles 2” in June 2018. In this film, the family discovers that the youngest child, Jack-Jack, has unlocked his talents. The movie will focus on Mr. Incredible’s wife, Elastigirl, as the active superhero and Mr. Incredible as a stay-at-home dad. 

Deadpool 2

       The first Deadpool movie, released in February of 2016, stars Ryan Reynolds as the lead anti hero. The first film focused on how Deadpool came to be, centering around Wade Wilson and his search for a cure to his cancer. He finds a cure, but it is not what he had in mind as he is turned into a self-rejuvenating mutant. Speaking of mutants, also starring in the film are two characters from the X-Men: Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).

       On June 1, 2018, the sarcastic mercenary returns to embark on a new fight. 

Mary Poppins Returns

      “Mary Poppins,” starring Julie Andrews, was released in 1964. The film is about two children, Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael Banks (Matthew Garber), who have grown up in a strict household. The children are visited by a special nanny, Mary Poppins, who teaches them the true meaning of family and love. The movie features popular songs such as “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

      “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, premieres on December 25, 2018. Mary Poppins visits Jane and Michael to remind them of the joys of the world after they face a terrible loss. Lin Manuel Miranda, well known for his hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” will have a similar role as Dick Van Dyke’s character Bert, in the original “Mary Poppins.”

Avengers: Infinity War

     The first Avengers movie was released in May of 2012. In this movie, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the god of mischief and Thor’s younger brother, steals the Tesseract in order to bring his evil alien army through a portal as he attempts to take over the planet. Nick Fury, head of S.H.I.E.L.D., assembles the Avengers: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

     In Avengers: Age of Ultron, released in May of 2015, the Avengers have to pull together to stop the virtual villain Ultron, created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) in an attempt to keep the world safe.

     In the Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers are joined by other super hero allies such as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spiderman (Tom Holland), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) to defeat the vicious Titan Thanos who plans to collect all six Infinity Stones to destroy the world. On May 4, 2018, fans will find out how this wide variety of heroes work together and if they succeed in defeating Thanos.