Monday, 21 October 2013

Review: Resist (Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan

Resist (Breathe, #2)Resist

Author: Sarah Crossan
Series: Breathe
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: 8th October 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Synopsis. (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.

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Resist is the final book in the Breathe series, and it certainly ended in a way that left me wanting more, the action sequences were breathtaking and the characters each truly wonderful, I’m saddened it has come to an end.

Resist follows the journey of Alina, Quinn and Bea now exiled from the glass dome and in search of the last known safe haven, Sequoia, with them on the trip are other survivors from The Grove each trying to survive in a world now devoid of air.

The plot is complicated with many shock revelations and threats, The Ministry was brutal but Sequoia brings many surprises and loyalties come to be tested, it certainly wasn’t as I had expected and forced the characters to fight for themselves and their own survival.

There is so much character development in this book, Alina is a fabulous character who has had to endure so much but she is resilient and has faith in the Resistence. I adored Quinn who has really matured and I enjoyed his interactions and the way he protected Bea but I did find myself expecting more from the romance. Bea is such a sweet, smart character but there is hardness about her now, she doesn’t appear as weak as what she did in the first book. It was also nice to see things from Ronan, the son of the mister of the Pod’s perspective, I came to really appreciate him as a character.

Resist brings us four POV’s which I admit I'm not a big fan of but it worked quite well & the transition between each character was flawless. There were many twists and turns and events which I wouldn’t have expected but it made for a fast paced read and the edgy humour and romance balanced it all out perfectly.

Resist showed us the desperation, courage, hope and survival, it is written extremely well, it is simplistic and has you gripping the pages hoping for a satisfactory ending but unfortunately that was also my biggest gripe, it didn’t leave me content, I was hoping for complete closure but it was bittersweet and I found myself wanting more answers.

Overall, Resist is a thought provoking sequel that is entertaining and well written. I’m definitely more than eager to read more books by Sarah Crossan.

Thank-you kindly to Greenwillow Books for the opportunity to read and review Resist.


Sarah CrossanAbout the author: Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time. 

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.

She currently lives in NYC. 


  1. I loved this book too, especially the character development. And I agree, it was bittersweet, though I think the ending was right. Bea and Alina were both so great in this book, and Quinn's grown so much too.
    Lovely review, Sharon!

  2. I definitely agree with you on the ending not being satisfying at all. Also, yes, I adored the growth in all of the characters in the book which is why I say that Breathe is more of a character-driven dystopian series.
    Great review, Sharon!

  3. I never got around to reading Breathe and I just feel so far behind to read this one too. Sadly the case for a lot of books. Glad you liked this one too though.

  4. I have been hearing the ending left peeps wanting more. I have this on my list, and look forward to exploring the world. Lovely review Sharon!

  5. I am reading mixed reviews for this one, either people love it or they don't, perhaps it is the ending that is lowering the ratings? The world building sounds great, though!

  6. I have Breathe, but haven't read it yet. The series sounds good, but I tend to like more closure when one ends also. Hopefully, I will have time to get to this series in the near future. Great review.


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