Author: Sarah Crossan Publisher: Bloomsbury Published: 10th October 2013 Pages: 300 Format: Paperback Source:: Netgalley Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD
Summary: 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. Meanwhile the Pod Minister has been succeeded by his capricious daughter. Her brother, Ronan, is supposed to advise her, but his doubts about the regime lead to him being sent out of the Pod in search of Quinn. In a world in which the human race is adapting to survive with little air, the stakes are high.
With Every Breath
As this is the second book in a duology, I was both excited and worried about reading this book. I loved Breathe (review) and I really wanted Resist to live up to its high expectations but as the last book in a series, it also has a lot to live up to on its own as well. Therefore I was worried that it may ruin the series, which is why it took me so long to get around to reading. Fortunately, however, I am here to report that this book was a wonderful read and was the perfect way to end this series.
One of the hardest things about the last book in a series, even just a duology, is making sure that all of the loose ends are tied up and there is still enough action and conflict in the book to keep it entertaining. So I was really happy when Resist managed both of these. I really enjoyed the plot of this book. I thought it flowed really well and kept up the suspense that arrived in the first book. Sarah Crossan has really managed to write a brilliant second and last novel that I am sure many fans will really love to read. There is always just enough going on to keep the reader wanting to continue.
You’re One Step
Once more it is clear to see that Sarah has put a lof of work into her characters to make sure they feel realistic, are strong and likeable. I loved the addition of Jude to the narratives in this book. He was a great fresh voice and I admired how much courage and humanity he had in him. Cain Knavery really grew as a character in this book and I have to say I was glad to see it. Bea was amazing in this story. I loved seeing how much stronger she had become and how much she was willing to sacrifice for a better life for everyone. Quinn was super protective in this story and a true problem-solver. I really enjoyed reading about him. But it was Alina that stole my heart in this book. She was caring, kind, strong, protective, and incredibly powerful and loyal. She really grew and developed and quickly become one of my favourite characters in this series.
I feel it is important to mention here the ending of the novel and series. As stated above, I feel that Sarah did a great job with it and mostly I just wanted to reiterate that. There were many ways and places that Sarah could have taken this book but I feel like how it all came together was just the best way to end it. She tied everything together, brought a little hope to the reader, and didn’t shy away from the hard decisions. It made the entire series worth reading, which is exactly what we want. I also feel it is worth mentioning that I still truly love the concept of this series and how it was used throughout the entire story. Honestly, could you imagine what life would be like if air wasn’t just there but something that you, essentially, had to pay for or earn the right to have? Or learn to live without so much of it? It’s a resource that we always take for granted but I love that these books really make you think about that.
The Very End
In case you haven’t seen it yet, I really enjoyed this book! It was just as compelling as the first book, had a tonne of action, and enough emotions for me to sort through. It had its fun moments within all the horror and worry and Sarah has just done a marvellous job of keeping the reader interested in this story. If you have yet to read the first one in this duology, please go and do it now. And if you have, don’t forget to read this one! It is a wonderful book that I am sure you will enjoy and be glad that you read!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **