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I Belong

Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan

ResistTitle: Resist

Author: Sarah Crossan

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Breathe (Book #2)

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062118722 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062118721 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


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.

Quick & Dirty: Dystopian set in a world where air is currency.

Opening Sentence: We didn’t think sailing would be easy, but we hoped for better luck than freezing rain and winds.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Let me state my disclaimer now, I have not read the first book, so a lot of things were very confusing for me. That being said, I highly suggest reading Breathe before reading Resist. I didn’t dislike it despite not having read the first book, so I feel that if you like Breathe you will most likely enjoy Resist as the conclusion book. This book is told from the viewpoints of Quinn (privileged premium turned resistance fighter), Alina (resistance fighter), Bea (Zone 3 resident turned resistance fighter) and Ronan (special forces). The beginning of the book picks up I think immediately after Breathe ends. Quinn and Bea are on the run together as is Alina, but she isn’t with them. Ronan is tasked with hunting Quinn.

Not too far into the book, Jazz, who is a child traveling with Quinn and Bea gets injured and he leaves them behind to find help at Sequoia. Alina and her traveling companions show up separately at Sequoia. Sequoia is another free place like the Grove. In Breathe the Grove is destroyed and the survivors are looking for sanctuary at Sequoia. Or at least that is my best guess, it took a while for me to understand the world so I will explain as best as I can. They live in a world where in some places there is a biosphere that contains air, outside of this you are either in a pod, or a facility that has oxygen boxes. If you are caught outside any of these things you have to have an oxygen tank or you begin to die.

Resist is the aftermath of a failed revolution, and the beginning of a new one. Bea ends up being found by Ronan after she is separated from Quinn. She then works on his guilt over The Grove and turns him to the cause. After that it all begins to get a little confusing for me. I am not sure if it is because I haven’t read Breathe or if it is just kind of confusing in nature. So by all means, comment if you have read both books and let me know which one. Apparently Sequoia isn’t the sanctuary they all think it is so, they end up turning on the resistance and working with the ministry to save all the people. The end of the book is full of action as the battle rages between Sequoia and the ministry.

I found it hard to follow who was turning on whom and for what reason. I guess it made sense, but I didn’t quite catch it, it just seemed a tad unbelievable and I haven’t even read book 1. A lot of potential and promise, just not sure it quite delivered for me. I think I will attempt to read Breathe and hope that it pulls it all together for me.

Notable Scenes:

“I don’t know anyone who’d dare cross my father-I certainly wouldn’t.”

“You know by now that Quinn was the one who almost brought the pod to its knees?”

“Maybe alcohol will be enough to kill her pain.”

“There’s something rotten behind that smile, Alina.”

“Before being led into the orangery where the pairings will be performed, we’re held in a waiting room with narrow benches running the length of it.”

Breathe Series:

1. Breathe

2. Resist


FTC Advisory: Greenwillow/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Resist. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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