By: Melanie | October 14, 2013 | (24) Comments

Review: Resist by Sarah CrossanResist by Sarah Crossan
Series: Breathe, #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Genres: Action, Dystopia, YA
Pages: 359
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!~

3.5 Stars
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24 Responses to Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan

  1. Amelia says:

    I just finished this one like a few hours ago and I agree, it was disappointing but still relatively enjoyable. I just wished the book was longer, if you know what I mean. Brilliant review 😀

  2. Johanna Richards says:

    Oh it sucks that this didn’t work like you wished, Mel but at least you still enjoyed it! I am curious about this series, I’ve been meaning to get my hands on a copy. I love determined and unique characters! Great to hear that the romance is only a small part of Resist. Great review as always!

  3. Jasprit says:

    I’m glad that Resist still met some of your expectations Melanie, it’s always hard to find a follow up novel, which delivers as much as the first book. But I think the action and romance you’ve mentioned will be the right balance for me! Lovely review as always! 🙂
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  4. Wow, it’s unbelievable that this doesn’t actually feature that much world building, usually dystopians do. Sounds like there’s some great character development though. I need to check out this series, great review Mel!
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    • Melanie says:

      There wasn’t much as it was a sequel and the world had finished most of it in the first book but I couldn’t help but feel that there should have been a little more depth.

  5. I was only so-so on Breathe and decided to pass on requesting this one, so it sounds like I made the right choice!
    Great review!
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  6. Breathe was okay for me, but I’m not sure if I’m invested enough to continue on with the series. I love that this one sounds beautiful in terms of writing though. I find myself searching that out more and more, so I’m tempted based solely on that! Wonderful review 🙂

  7. I still need to read Breathe but I’m glad you enjoyed this sequel on a whole though it was lacking in some areas. I do love these covers!
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  8. Henrietta says:

    This sounds like a great series to add to my wishlist! Sometimes I crave for stories that are more plot-driven and it’s a big plus to learn that Crossan’s writing is poetic and flowing. Thanks for sharing!
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  9. This is exactly the type of romance I can thoroughly enjoy: one that’s always present, but not overly dramatic in a way that would take over the plot. When you add to that the poetic writing, of which I am a huge fan, you just moved this waaaaay up on my tbr.
    Thanks! 🙂
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  10. I really need to read the first one. It looks great, plus the covers are gorgeous.
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  11. Candace says:

    I haven’t read the first, but I think I might have it so if I like it I’m sure I’ll read this just to get to the next. I’m sorry it didn’t quite live up to the first though!
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  12. Tanja says:

    I haven’t read Breathe just because I have heard some bad things about it and I didn’t want to waste my time. I have no idea but that was a time when I was reading almost only dystopians and I was full of it. Glad Resist was a decent sequel but to bad it lacked well details. Usually I have problem with too much details 😀 Great review 🙂
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  13. Emily says:

    I think I would be very very sad if I won’t be able to read this one >< MY LIFE WOULD BE INCOMPLETE.
    I love this series so much!! Breathe was fantastic, but I'm sorry to see you didn't enjoy Resist as much as Breathe 🙁
    I agree that Sarah Crossan has a wonderful writing style! It really is lovely < I've been really busy the past few days, even though exams are over!! :p
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  14. I love, love, love your review for this. You nailed the romance down perfectly. I couldn’t say it any better. Crossan was able to not shy away from the romance altogether but she managed to keep it there and still make it believable in the dystopian world without overshadowing anything else. And I will also be pouncing on anything Crossan writes 😀 I like that she has an economical way of writing but it’s still powerful. Less words but more “umph” — it’s perfect 😀

  15. Haha, I read Becca’s rave review (Nawanda Files) and was kind of hoping that RESIST really would be that great, but really, I’m not very surprised that it wasn’t as good as the prequel. I didn’t really LOVE the first book, but I’m glad that the second one delivered overall for you!

    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.” — Super intrigued by this! I never thought that Sarah would try anything different with her characters, so I’m interested to see what you mean. Does Bea turn out to be evil? Or Alina? Or Quinn? That would be an amazing plot twist, I must say. 😀

    Hmm, I don’t remember much about the writing in BREATHE, but it’s good to hear that it was significantly better in the sequel. Beautiful writing doesn’t really affect my opinion of the book, though, but it does make things more… memorable, in a way. Totally a plus!

    Bleh about the world building, though. I already thought it was kind of flimsy in the first book, so to hear you say that it is practically non-existent in this… it puts me off quite a bit. I agree: even though there was a bit of world development in BREATHE, that doesn’t mean that the author should stop there! Be like Leigh Bardugo: she did a marvelous job with S&B in terms of world building, but she continued to develop Ravka and the lands surrounding it even in the second book, which gave me a lot of insight into the land.

    Lovely review as always, Melanie! BREATHE didn’t exactly leave me wanting the second book — though that could be because I’ve forgotten basically everything that happened — but I’m glad the sequel didn’t let you down. 🙂
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  16. Jenni says:

    I wasn’t a big fan of Breathe so I’m not planning on reading this one but I am happy to see that, even though it wasn’t as good as the first, you still enjoyed it quite a bit. Very happy to see that the romance didn’t get all icky and ruin it for you like seems to happen with so many dystopians these days.
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  17. Alise says:

    The writing sounds truly amazing, I’m curious about the author now. I haven’t read any books in this series yet but I have always been interested in those gorgeous covers. I love when romance makes a book better instead of hindering the story-this one sounds like an all around great story!
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  18. Terrific review Melanie! The character seem to have interesting personalities even if it is hard to place them at times. I prefer a full ending to a story too. “Life isn’t about love; it’s about fighting for what’s right and what is meant to be free.” Love this theme!
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  19. Oh, I didn’t realize this series was a duology–that’s a relief! I don’t know why so many series feel like they have to be THREE.

    I get what you mean about all the world-building being put into one book and then skipped in another–sometimes I wonder if it’s because it was originally one long book that got chopped in half or something. Still, sounds like you really enjoyed this despite that, so I”m definitely interested in picking this up soon!
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  20. Molli says:

    A fourth narrative? Eeek. I already felt like Breathe was crowded with 3 voices, but maybe the 4th works. I’ll have to read this one for sure to find out for myself. I liked Breathe, but I’m glad that in Resist the focus is like you said – less romance, more plot. That makes me happy, because of the way Breathe ended.

    Too bad this wasn’t a winner for you, Mel. I didn’t realize this was a duology instead of a trilogy, bu that’s sort of a relief. Looking forward to reading this one for myself.

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