book review : resist by sarah crossan

12 November 2013

Series: Breathe #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: October 10th 2013
Book: For Review*
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult (YA), Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure, Survival
Blurb:
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. - from goodreads
Having loved Breathe i started this book with high hopes, and while some of my expectations were fulfilled, others were not. Following on from Breathe we find all the characters in some state of difficulty, deciding what to do next as they fear for their lives - to go and find the other Resistance hub or to stay in the Outlands. Alina has made her choice, Bea has become crushed and heart broken and Quinn is torn between wanting to protect her and follow his own mind, and as we read, we watch each of the characters come into their own and really fight for what they believe.
One thing i absolutely loved was the characters. Each of them were so unique and layered and showed off their own personalities. I especially enjoyed watching Bea grow and develop as a person. Having to cope with a devastating loss she shows a strong side of her that we haven't seen before, gone is the timid girl who was the polar opposite to Alina in the first book; she becomes fiery and determined to do anything she can to get back at the Ministry that have hurt her so much and i liked her so much more in Resist, she made her own decisions and sacrifices and thought for herself, instead of letting Quinn do everything for her.
We also get a new point of view for this book, which i found hard to get my head around at the beginning but as the book went on, i found it easier to remember who's view i was seeing as each character separated off from each other and went their own ways, battling their own demons and taking on their own responsibilities. A surprise character made an appearance in Resist as well which i was delighted to see, although i think this could have been developed a lot more.
Following on from this point about lack of development, i thought the ending felt a bit rushed and at first, when i had started reading this book, i thought it was a trilogy, then when i finished i was a bit like, 'oh, is that the end?' I definitely thought the ending could have been elaborated upon and explained a bit more but other than that i think the ending was perfectly alright.
Overall i found Resist to be a satisfying ending to the Breathe series. The world building, as i found in the first book was beautiful, and Sarah Crossan didn't hold anything back while painting a picture for us of the people in the Outlands and beyond, starved of oxygen and fighting for their lives. However, although i enjoyed it, i thought it lacked the spark and vibrance of the first book and this made me connect less with the characters, so i don't think i would re-read it again in a hurry.
*Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

16 comments:

  1. I wrote my review of Resist yesterday and I feel the same way you do, really. I was a bit let down and felt it lacked whatever made Breathe and her debut, The Weight of Water, special. But I'll be interested to see what she writes next and if she can recapture that spark. Great review!

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    1. YES, if she writes something similar to The Weight of Water I WILL READ IT. I loved that book. :) Thanks for commenting. :D x

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  2. I haven't read Resist yet but I want to! It's been a really long time since I read Breathe, and I realized I never reviewed it on my blog, so I was thinking about going back and rereading Breathe so that I can appreciate and understand Resist more - and of course be able to review them both! I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy this one as much as Breathe, but it set such high expectations I guess those are difficult to meet!
    Great review Hawwa!

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    1. Yes, the problem with high expectations! ;) I re-read Breathe before i started Resist too. :) I hope you enjoy them both and thanks for commenting. :D

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  3. Hey Hawwawesome. I just read Breathe a few weeks ago, and while I did enjoy it, it didn't blow me away. But I really want to find out what happened so I'll definitely be reading Resist. A lot of people are saying it's not as good, though. I really dislike rushed endings, especially in the last book of a series.

    Great review! :)

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  4. Hey Hawwawesome. I just read Breathe a few weeks ago, and while I did enjoy it, it didn't blow me away. But I really want to find out what happened so I'll definitely be reading Resist. A lot of people are saying it's not as good, though. I really dislike rushed endings, especially in the last book of a series.

    Great review! :)

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    1. Hmmm yes well watch out. I hope you enjoy it more than me. :D
      Thank you.

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  5. Shame you didn't find that same spark in the sequel but at least you enjoyed it :D Brill review, Hawwaaaaaaaaa!

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    1. Thank you and yeah, i was a bit disappointed. :( The cover is LOVELY though. ;)

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  6. Really enjoyed reading you review, Hawwa! I also found the sequel disappointing compared to the first book! Personally, I felt it lost the heart of the whole story so, could only give it three stars! The cover is gorgeous though, the green represents everything so well.
    -Sophie

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    1. Thank you. :) Yeah i think everyone did to be honest. Three stars i still good! And yes! I love the covers a LOT. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Oh I didn't know this was a dualogy, I'd love to see more of those. I was really wanting to read Breathe but for some reason I was confused within the first chapter and didn't have any will to continue. But I do wish it was a series I got into but who knows, I may pick it up again someday. Such a shame Resist didn't live up to book one, sequels are always a bit of a worry. But glad you still managed to enjoy it. Great review Haawa!

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    1. I would as well, after this I'm not sure - hopefully the endings won't seem as rushed, I can't remember the last time I read a dulogy! Everything seems to be a Trilogy these days...they're ''in'' right now. ;)
      Breathe is very good compared to Resist so I hope you enjoy it when you eventually read it. :) x

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  8. I totally agree with you here Hawwa! The introduction of ahem the surprise character was way too sudden... and it definitely lacked the spark Breathe had. Whilst reading the book I was sure this was a trilogy & so when I found out it's a duology I was so let down... I feel the series could have been saved by a final book. :/ It's almost as if she had to rush the ending because of the fact it's a duology.

    ANYWAYS, great review Hawwa! :D

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    1. Yes the surprise character....''it'' just jumped out at me and I was like WOAH what is going on?! I literally thought it was a trilogy until the day after I'd read Resist, I went on Goodreads to see when the 'third' would be out and I realized it was a trilogy. I think it would have benefited with a third book because it felt like too much was squeezed into this book to make it the 'last' book. :((

      THANK YOU Ruby. :D

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