Book: Resist (Breathe 2)
Author: Sarah Crossan
I liked the first one enough to try this one and I’m glad I did because Resist exceeded Breathe in every possible way. It was action packed and paced so much better than the first novel-Breathe only really got exciting in the last two parts but Resist kept me hooked all the way through. When it ended, I have to admit I was sad it was over-not because they were loose ends that needed to be tied up because there weren’t but just because I had become attached to these characters over the course of two books and I just didn’t want the story to end. Here is a synopsis of the book:
Resistance to the pod leadership has come apart. The Grove has been destroyed but so has the pod minister. Quinn, Bea and Alina separately must embark on a perilous journey across the planet’s dead landscape in search of the rumoured resistance base Sequoia. The welcome they receive at Sequoia is not what they expect, and soon they are facing a situation that seems as threatening as that of the Pod inhibitants.
Meanwhile the former Pod minister’s son, Ronan, is beginning to have his doubts about the regime but as a member of the elite force he is sent out of the Pod to hunt down the Grove’s survivors. In a world in which the human race is adapting to survive with little air, the stakes are high.
The characters felt better developed in this book than they were in the last book-Bea in particular I loved in this book-you could really tell that her experiences from the last book had changed her and she became this amazing, determined girl who could stand up for herself and was unapologetic about who she was and what she believed. She didn’t seem to be as dependent on Quinn in this book which I liked-she became one of my favourite characters. Quinn is maybe the more forgettable character in the book-I liked him but not as much as the other characters. There was a new character introduced in this book, Ronan who was the Pod minister’s son who I really liked-he was quite a contrast to Quinn-he adds a different perspective to the story, someone who thought he was fighting evil but realises that the Resistance is actually fighting for something good. I liked his friendship with Bea and I was glad that the love triangle I thought was going to happen didn’t because I really liked that Ronan and Bea were just good friends. His point of view added an extra dimension to the story and whilst I was unsure about him at first, I grew to really liking him-he might be one of the privileged but he fights really hard to do what is right.
I still didn’t feel like I truly understood what happened during The Switch but maybe that is just me. The introduction of Sequoia in the book was good and it was interesting to see the the contrast between Sequoia and The Grove-I found that I worked out what was happening in Sequoia before the characters did but the final battle came as a shock to me-I knew there was going to be a big battle in this book but it’s not quite what you would expect.
Alina seemed more human in this book than in the last book-she seemed like she actually cared about the other characters more and I was genuinely shocked with the outcome of her story but having thought about it I think it was perfect-shocking and sad but the perfect way to end her story because it was so in character.
I wanted to learn more about Quinn’s dad in this book and Crossan did not disappoint. I felt that I knew Quinn’s dad better by the end of the book and it made me realise that he was not a bad person, he was just a dad trying to do the best for his son. I liked the relationship between him and Ronan, you could tell that they’d known each other for a while and I felt that Ronan really brought out the human side in Quinn’s dad. It didn’t seem strange to me that Quinn’s dad was helping the Resistance because I think he was doing it for Quinn. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I liked him but I had some respect for him by the end of the book. The book jumps straight in where Breathe left off and it took me a while to remember what happened at the end of the book so I would recommend maybe rereading Breathe before reading Resist so that the end of Breathe is fresh in your mind when you start Resist. Some of the chapters are a little short for my liking. The idea that Quinn and Ronan could live new lives as auxiliaries seemed a little strange however, since Quinn was the one who instigated the revolution and Ronan was the Pod minister’s son it seems a little unrealistic that they would be able to pretend to be someone else-it would be quite difficult to hide their tattoos and you would think that they would be easily recognisable.
I wish this had been a trilogy because although the story was exciting and action packed and fast paced it sometimes felt like Crossan was trying to cram too much into one book-although that didn’t make me love Resist any less. I liked that Abel returned in this book as I felt his story was not quite yet finished from Breathe and yes we learned a little more about him but I didn’t really see the point of him being in the story-he wasn’t integral to the plot, he just seemed like he was there for no real reason and the plot could have worked just the same without him. In the end, all the bad guys seem to disappear with no real explanation as to where they’ve gone-I mean some die obviously but not all of them and it all just seems too easy.
Overall Resist was a good book, it kept me hooked all the way through and I wish it was the second of a trilogy because I feel like some of the loose ends could have been tied up a little better. Still I would recommend reading both Breathe and this sequel because they are enjoyable books and quite different from your usual dystopian novel-I can honestly say I’ve never read a book quite like this one before, and I don’t think I ever will again.
My Rating: 4/5
The next book I will be reviewing is Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie-she’s one of my favourite authors, so I have high hopes for this book!