Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan

Title: Resist (Breathe #2)
Author: Sarah Crossan
Release date: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: eARC
Pages: 242
Source: Edelweiss

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.

Resist is the conclusion to the Breathe duology, and it's definitely one of the most climatic finales I've ever read. The heart-pounding action left me breathless (pun not intended) and the character development was incredible. There's so much depth to them in this book, and I was sad to say goodbye to them just when I really got to know them.

Resist picks up where Breathe left off, and Alina is off to find Sequoia along with Silas and the other survivors of The Grove. We get another point of view in this book along with that of Alina, Bea and Quinn - Ronan's. We met him briefly in Breathe, but he becomes a vital character in this one. Quinn and Bea are with Jazz, just trying to stay alive, until complications arise and they're forced to separate. Meanwhile, Ronan is sent by Quinn's dad to go find him and bring him back to the pod. All four protagonists meet at a point, and realize that Sequoia, their last hope, is far from what they expected it to be.

I loved seeing how much the characters we met in the first book have grown, Quinn especially. He's changed so much - he's tougher, smarter, and more passionate. He's not the ignorant Premium he used to be, and he's gone through a lot in order to open his eyes to the world outside, and to Bea. I'm so glad Quinn and Bea stay together in this one. It took him ages, but Quinn realizes how much Bea means to him, and he'll do anything to protect her.

Bea's changed a lot, too. She's not timid anymore, and she's definitely not a pushover. She's still kind-hearted, but there's a steeliness to her that wasn't there before. And that's a good thing, since the Resistance has to be tough to make it alive. The death of her parents has definitely affected her, but in a way it's made her stronger than ever. Bea's my favourite character of the lot, mostly because she can be sweet and strong at the same time. I actually thought there might be a bit of a love triangle between her, Quinn and Ronan, but thank goodness there wasn't. Ronan knows that Bea is Quinn's, and he respects that. Though he does care for her more than he should, which is a good thing because he keeps her safe when Quinn isn't around.

Alina's still pretty much the same, but I sympathized with her a lot more in this book. She's still as sturdy as ever, but she has to go through so much that the others don't. She's emotionally challenged in ways she's never expected, but her faith in her cause never wavers. Alina's a true member of the Resistance, and she has so much potential in her - potential to be a true leader.

There are quite a lot of shockers in this book, one of the big ones being Sequoia. I imagined it as a sort of safe haven, but it's a danger that rivals that of the Ministry. The survivors of The Grove are put to the test, and loyalties are called into question. We see some unexpected (or expected, depending on how you look at it) people show up, and some surprising changes of heart. I don't want to say much about the ending, but it's definitely bittersweet. I love the way Sarah Crossan carried it out, though, in such a beautiful way. The climax is great, and most of the novel is fast-paced. There's humour laced in between the continuous danger, which provided a nice reprieve.

I would have liked this series to be a trilogy instead of a duology, because I want to get to know the characters better. But I think this worked out really well, too. I love the premise of this series, the fact that Sarah Crossan has focused her plot on the issue of a depletion of oxygen. It really makes you think, you know? I love dystopians that make you do that. Overall, this is a fantastic sequel to Breathe, and a satisfying conclusion to the series.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an ARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

  1. I loved this one as well! And I totally agree that one of the biggest highlights was the character development. It was just top-notch, and I did feel way more sympathetic to Alina in Resist than in Breathe. Great review!

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