Resist (Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan
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.
Resist picks up where Breathe left off (from what I can remember), with little reminders of the happenings in Breathe. I thought Crossan did a good job with inserting the tid-bits from the first book, without over-doing it. It’s one of those rare times where it was just enough information to remind the reader. There is a new perspective in this book. Breathe had alternating chapters in first person narration from Bea, Quinn, and Alina’s points of view. Resist still has those three, but added one more: Ronan. Ronan was involved in taking down the Resistance that Alina, Bea, and Quinn found in Breathe. But, maybe after seeing it with his own eyes, he has changed? Maybe. Anything’s possible.
The overall story was good. I found I was most into Alina’s chapters this time around. It’s funny, because when I read Breathe, I was least interested in Alina and her chapters. I thought that she was an under-developed character and had trouble connecting with her and her story. But in Resist, I was most interested in her chapters. I found them more interesting and there was more stuff happening and new discoveries being made. I was just interested to see how the whole thing turned out. I really enjoyed Alina’s chapters and her character as well. Bea, on the other hand was basically just sitting waiting for something to happen throughout a lot of the book, and Quinn was back and forth. I didn’t think Quinn’s story was all that interesting until later on. Not much really happened with him. Alina’s story was just more crazy and different and interesting, which appealed more to me I guess.
I thought that the characters’ voices were all pretty similar. Well, maybe not Alina. But, with Bea, Quinn, and Ronan, sometimes I would forget whose protective I was reading from and get confused. That shouldn’t happen if the voices are unique enough.
I also didn’t think that it was very believable that Bea would be so quick to trust Ronan after what he did in Breathe. But, she trusts him and opens up to him fairly quickly. More quickly than I would think to be realistic.
Overall, it was a decent book and a good conclusion to Breathe. A lot went down and the ending was pretty crazy and full of action. Though, I don’t really feel that sense of closure with the book for some reason. Maybe the ending was a bit rushed. After all the crazy stuff went down at the end, there was one other very short chapter and then that was it. Maybe I wanted a bit more? I’m not really sure. But, overall, I am satisfied with it.
SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)
– Alina’s character and her story were my favourite. Lots of stuff happening and new and different discoveries that kept my interest.
– The overall story was good.
– The beginning reminders from Breathe were done very well. Not too much and not too little.
– Most of the narration was pretty similar. Not enough uniqueness for each character’s voice.
– Didn’t feel that sense of closure at the end. Something was missing, preventing me from being completely satisfied with the ending.
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