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Resist by Sarah Crossan

Summary via 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.


*I received a free copy from Goodreads First Reads*

Although I didn't read the first book, I did enjoy Resist as a nice way to pass time. I enjoyed the pacing, the strong female leads, and the action, but some things were just missing. At first, I was going to rate this four stars but some things just really annoyed me.

First, Crossan is way too repetitive. She mentions people's eyes hardening and softening over five times. "I could feel my eyes harden..."
Really? Can you really feel your eyes harden?

Then, her world-building. Since I didn't read the first book, Breathe, I had a pretty bad idea of the world they were living in. Although she did a mediocre job of explaining the oxygen deficiency stuff and the whole gas mask things, a lot of things didn't fit in. Like in the ending, where it just started raining out of nowhere. Where did the rain come from? I call this book logic-everything is magical and has no reasonable explanation. 

The characters were great, but needed a bit more depth. All I saw from Alina was "Abel yay, Abel you annoy me, Abel I'm happy you're here, Abel you are a wimp" when she encountered Abel. However, I have to give Bea and Alina points for being badass- they don't have breakdowns and sob-fests wherever they are. I DID like how the whole book wasn't focused on romance, and how it centered more on action and change. 

Overall, a nice book if you aren't too picky about what you read. I really need to go read the first book- hopefully that will change my mind about this book.


My favorite part of the book:

Alina, you badass girl, you. I LOVE how she sacrifices herself for the sake of everyone. I could feel my tear ducts activate- Bea's reaction was very nicely written. BEAUTIFUL way to die, but I feel kind of bad for Abel (although they probably would have never worked out).
I'll read Breathe just for Alina...

Three chocolates!

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