Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan


Resist (Breathe)


May Contain Spoilers


I love the concept of this series.  How awful would it be to live in a world where you had to pay for the very air you breathe?  Oxygen is metered and taxed at exorbitant rates meant to keep the haves in power and the have nots  gasping for breath.  It’s hard to stage a rebellion if the ruling class can just cut off your air.  Talk about taking the wind out of your sails!  They will do anything to keep control of the domed city they rule, even destroy the few trees that managed to thrive in the polluted landscape outside.  With no hope for change, the auxiliaries wheeze through one day after another, serving the wealthy and continuing to line their coffers with the taxes they pay to breathe.

Resist picks up right where Breathe left off.  The Grove has been destroyed, almost all of the Resistance has been slaughtered, and the young protagonists have been scattered in all directions.  Bea, Quinn and Alina are desperate to get to Sequoia, where they believe they will be welcomed and be able to continue with their resistance efforts. They couldn’t be more wrong.   Vanya, the ruthless leader of Sequoia, couldn’t be more different that Petra.  While Petra wanted to replant trees and vegetation to thrive in the outside and repair the damage done to the planet, Vanya wants do to nothing of the sort.  She’s more of a take action kind of lady, and she ridicules Petra’s failed attempt to save the planet by wasting so much energy on replanting trees.  Vanya is going to do things differently, and when Alina and Quinn learn of her plans, they are terrified she will succeed, striking a fatal blow to the pod. 

I enjoyed this series.  It’s fast-paced, exciting, and has a likable group of protagonists.  I even liked some of the bad guys by the end of the book.  I would have given Resist a higher grade, but the ending depressed the heck out of me.  I had to take a little break from YA because of it! 

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by my local library

From Amazon:

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.