Early Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan

resistEarly Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan
Book 2 in Breathe series
Release date: October 8, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Book provided by Edelweiss and Greenwillow Books

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

AH’s Review – 3 stars – B

Young adult dystopian novels are all the rage right now. Go to any bookstore and there will be a huge display of these books. While they are a refreshing change from all the young adult vampire books of a few years ago, I’m not sure that this trend is one I’d like to see continued. I find that dystopian books depress me. I’m saddened to see society devolve to such lows. I find that a lot of these books lack hope.

For example, the world of Resist is a world where breathable oxygen is seriously lacking. People live in pods where oxygen is pumped in and depending on one’s social status, some people get more than others. Premiums get enough air for everyday activity. The Auxiliaries, or others, do not. I can’t imagine having to restrict activity to such an extent where simple daily activities must be restricted. The world outside the pods is dangerous. There are drifters who attack anyone who escapes the pods. That, combined with the lack of oxygen makes life outside the pods quite deadly.

Resist picks up right where the first novel Breathe left off. The Pod Ministry is out to get all of The Resistance and has destroyed their stronghold. The survivors head to Sequoia, another Rebel settlement. Meanwhile, Ronin is sent to look for the Rebels. Of course, nothing is what it seems and Sequoia is certainly no haven…

Somehow, the whole futility of fighting the Resistance became rapidly apparent. They were living on their own, minding their own business, and gardening. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the battle against the Resistance, except to protect the status quo.

While the premise of this story was intriguing, I found it difficult to follow because the story was told in multiple first person points of view. I don’t mind one or two first person points of view, however many different points of view can get confusing. I found myself flipping back and forth just to remember who the speaker was on several occasions.

Despite its flaws, I did enjoy Resist. The last half of the book was action packed, filled with some really hairy moments. A lot of crazy stuff happens. I’d recommend this book for young adult readers who enjoy dystopian books.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:

  1. Breathe
  2. Resist

Thank you to Edelweiss and Greenwillow Books for a review copy of this book.

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