Series: Breathe #2
Published by Greenwillow Books on October 8, 2013
Sexual Content: Kissing. Attempted rape
Reviewed by: Abigail
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.
The final book in Sarah Crossan's Breathe duology ends with more than a few gasps and even more POVs. Quinn, Bea, and Alina are once again the protagonists, and joining them is Ronan. The multiple POVs worked in BREATHE since the group was together for most of the book, but in RESIST, not so much. One storyline was inevitably much more interesting than the others (Ronan's was particularly dull), and it was at times rather jarring and frustrating to get thrown from one to the other just when things were starting to pick up.
And while I felt like I got to know the trio in BREATHE, the opposite couldn't be more true in RESIST. I actually forgot who was who (and there really aren't many reminders) and what their relationships were. It made it challenging to care about any of them. On the plus side, the anemic romance that I complained about in BREATHE is fortunately even less of a factor in RESIST. The couples are separated from each other for most of the book and far too concerned with securing air, rescuing friends, and preventing a truly despicable plan from being carried out.
Apart from the thin characters and multiple POVs, RESIST does have several shocking twists that dystopian fans will--in a good way--rage over. There are numerous gasp inducing injustices and corrupt authority figures that you'll love to hate. I had no trouble keeping the pages turning as the horrific picture came together and the nefarious plans of the villains was finally exposed (although I could have done without the gynecological exam scene). It's not as thrilling as the debut, but taken as a whole, the Breathe duology offers a worthwhile story for dystopian fans.Series Titles:
- Breathe - 4/5
- YA Book Reviews - 4/5