Saturday, 12 October 2013

Resist (Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.
Resist (Breathe, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Sarah Crossan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Resist (Breathe, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Breathe’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘breathe’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Breathe’.**
Quinn, Bea, and Jazz are trying to make their way to Sequoia to meet up with Alina and the rest of the revolutionaries, when Jazz is injured.

Alina and the survivors from ‘The Grove’ are also travelling to Sequoia, having nowhere else to go, and quickly running out of oxygen and food.

Ronan is the son of the dead pod minister, and he’s been asked by Quinn’s father to journey across the Outlands to find Quinn and bring him back. If he does Quinn’s father will get them new identities and hide them.
What will the Resistance’s next plan be? Can Ronan find and help Quinn? And what will happen when Alina, Bea, and Quinn eventually make it too Sequoia?

I enjoyed this more than Breathe, but I still thought that there were some plot holes, and poor decision making going on.

This book followed an extra character – Ronan, son of the dead pod minister. He was an okay character, and I liked how he had the gumption to believe what he heard about the government lying to the people about planting trees, and stood up for what he believed was right. It was a little difficult at times to really believe that Jude – Quinn’s father, was also trying to help the revolution, but I suppose someone needed to help them.

The storyline in this book was okay, although again I thought that there were plot holes, and some poor decision making. There was a storyline where Quinn’s father told Ronan to go and find Quinn, and said that he would give them new identities when they came back, but I had to question – where Quinn and Ronan not a bit high profile to be pretending to be auxiliaries? Quinn having spoken at the press conference thing, and Ronan being the dead pod minister’s son made them quite easily recognisable, and I just doubted how easy it would be to pretend to be someone else, never mind that their tattoos would have to be removed.

There were several other things that I can’t talk about without dropping spoilers, but I also thought that there were several moments where they almost forgot about the amount of air they did or didn’t have, which was ridiculous, and they made things harder for themselves at times rather then taking the safe or easy option.

There were some events that I didn’t see coming, including some unexpected deaths, but I also thought that other plotlines were really predictable.
The ending of this was okay, and I liked the action and tension. This was definitely the most intense part out of both books, and was a high point for me. I did feel like it all ended really quickly though, and I was actually disappointed to realise that this was the last book in the series. It was as if as soon as this got really good, it finished!
Overall; better than the first book, but still had issues.
7 out of 10.


  1. Thanks for the info. I've come to really trust your judgement. :-)

  2. At least it got a little better. :)