Series: Breathe, #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Genres: Action, Dystopia, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
Even though Resist was not as stunning as Crossan’s first instalment, Breathe, Resist was still a thoroughly enjoyable book compact with action, survival and persistence. I just was hoping for a little more from everything.
While we are welcomed back to the characters, Bea, Alina and Quinn, we also have a new addition of a voice–the mayor’s son, Ronan. Each of these are all tested and stretched to the maximums of their abilities as they attempt to strive in the writhing, oxygen-deprived world. Oxygen becomes scarcer but Bea, Quinn, Alina and Ronan are becoming better and better at breathing thin gasps. If the environment doesn’t change, they’ve got to change with them. This small group of teenagers were strong in their own ways and lengths–mentally, physically and emotionally. We have the over-thinking Bea and fearless Alina, Quinn who if full of determination and Ronan, who is just trying to do the right thing. Despite the likable-sounding personalities, I still struggled to connect with these four protagonists because if anything, they were just ornaments that drove the plot along. They were at times hard to distinguish without the help of their settings and supporting characters. In the end, I truly appreciated each character, some of them turned out to shock me. I am still trying to shake away my unsettlement.
Sarah Crossan’s writing is in a way, poetic and flowing. Maybe why I enjoyed her The Weight of Water so much. Her words are simple, yet they are strong and pull this story through nicely. I’d also like to point out that the romance was at the perfect level. In a fighting world, powering romance would have knocked this series flat onto the ground in a second. But Crossan’s romance is just there, to know it’s existing but it’s not there as some ludicrous necessity. This is what I loved more about Resist than Breathe, the romance had lightened up. And refocused on the more important and more captivating elements–i.e. the plot. Life isn’t about love; it’s about fighting for what’s right and what is meant to be free.
World building was relatively non-existent here. I understand that all the world building was projected in Breathe; however more history of the world would have made this series much more likable and thought-provoking. And as a last quibble, the ending. So damn unexpected and not really my favourite. I was hoping for a better closure–or longer closure. I guess I’m still a little on-the-fence about it. Unexpected but in a way, disquieting.
The second and final instalment to Sarah Crossan’s debut is here with some ass-kicking characters and slash of romance. I would have liked more detail in some aspects but I was still satisfied all the same. I am ready to pounce on anything Sarah Crossan has coming up next.
~Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending a copy!~
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