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