Tuesday 29 October 2013

Resist by Sarah Crossan

The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan's Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what's left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there's enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod's Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.

Before I start, I have to say I had to read my review of the first one to remind me of the basic story. I read it a year ago, it was obvious I had forgotten practically everything! But luckily, Crossan has this knack of summing things up without seeming to, just slipping little bits of information in that made me go 'oh yeah, I remember that!'

As it usually is with sequels, Resist was not as good as the first, but still a powerful novel. It maintained the strength of the story, the breath-taking drama (pun-intended) and the incredible characterisation. In the first book, we met Bea, Quinn and Alina and in Resist, we continue to follow them on their adventures... well, running for their lives, actually! We left them after The Grove, the resistance's hideout, had been destroyed. Without being able to go back to the Pod, they are forced to go on the hunt for another safe place, Sequoia. Pity it isn't what they thought it would be...

Resist continued with the spilt, multiple narrative but with the addition of a new character Ronan. A Premium, a soldier, friend of the Pod Minister, Ronan is quite formidable. And dangerous, as he has lost his father to the Revolutionaries and no longer knows who to trust. So when he finds Bea in the Outlands, I wasn't sure if he was going to keep his word to protect her. But eventually, luckily, Ronan finds his heart and takes off his rose-tinted glasses to way the Pod is run, and helps the resistance. I really liked Ronan's heroism in light of helping the resistance and his relationship with Bea. Speaking of which, I liked the slight development to Bea and Quinn's relationship, they were quite sweet together while trying to save the world!

Most of the protagonists were divided for quite a lot of the book which allowed the reader to see all points of the story. I found Alina's perspective interesting, especially when they were at Sequoia. Compared to The Grove, what they had done to try and help the future of the Earth was honestly a little nauseating! Anyway, what I especially liked about Resist, much like Breathe, it was so easy to read. I kinda flew through it without realising, then we were close to the end and it looked bad for the good guys! It was a dramatic and although very heart-breaking, it did have an overall tone of hope for humanity's future.

Published 8th October 2013 by Bloomsbury. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review. 

1 comment:

  1. I remember really enjoying Breathe, but like you, I don't remember the actual story at all! I also don't really have any motivation to read this either, unfortunately. Hopefully one day!