Review: Resist (Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan

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Title: Resist
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher/Year:  HarperColling 10/7/14
Length:   368 Pages
Series:  Breathe #2

Overview

What would you do if you were desperate? Bea, Alina, and Quinn are outlaws. They started a rebellion and have been thrown out of the pod—the only place where there’s enough air to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. What will they find now that they are refugees in the perilous Outlands? Their final safe haven may be harboring dark secrets. But together, the three teens find the will to keep fighting, to save one another, and to break free from everything that’s holding them back.

My Thoughts

This second and final installment takes us on quite the journey.  We see that there’s the quest to find another settlement from the Resistance in the Outlands – and what they find there is not at all what they expected.  We learn more that the true identify of Abel is found out and it’s not what we thought, but not what you didn’t think either.

there’s a new character brought into the mix here – Ronan, who is part of the Special forces led by Quinn’s father.  He’s beginning to question what he’s been told to do his whole life and i think that it’s about time that he links up with Quinn, Bea, Alina or any of them to figure out how to make a change come around in the Pod.  With the Rebellion going on, someone has to be a leader.

So there’s the rebellion in one place, the interesting conditions at the Sequoia – where they aren’t growing plants/trees, they are growing babies….and well when our fav characters find themselves in that society, it’s not a happy ending for anyone.

Throughout this story i kept wondering if we were going to see folks switch sides – and if we were going to be let down by what we had hoped would happen.  I think that we all wanted to have faith with the Premiums and high powerful folks that get involved in the cause to actually make a change, and i think that there’s still way to much uncertainty to be able to trust anyone.  I feel like Jude (Quinn’s father) – is such a gray area of trust – so we really need to read the story in entirety to see who he’s playing for.

I’m a bit sad that this was just a 2 book series and not a trilogy.  i feel like the last third was a bit rushed with the quest to fill in enough and the ending – that we didn’t get as far into things as we necessarily would have in a 3 book-er.  oh well.  We get to the point where a lot of people are dead, a few are saved, and there are a few new ones even, with their own perspective on Pod life.

On that note – happy saturday and have a nice weekend!

Review: Resist (Songs of Submission #6) by CD Reiss

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Title:  Resist
Author: CD Reiss
Publisher/Year: Flip City Media Inc. 8/5/13
Length:  200 pages
Series: Songs of Submission #6

Overview

The story of Jonathan Drazen and Monica Faulkner continues.
Monica steps up to the plate…..I looked down at him, with his tourmaline eyes and copper hair, and believed him despite my better judgment.

I forgave him despite my misgivings. I loved him just because I did.

My heart wasn’t sensible or guarded enough, not by a sight. I was a walking raw nerve ending of emotion, as if the years I’d spent away from men and sex had made me more emotional, more vulnerable, more foolish.

I ran my fingers through his hair, feeling like the victim of a crime of consent.

My Thoughts

WOW – i loved where this next installment took us.  Lots was inevitable, but i’m glad that we got to see more of the grit.

The roller coaster of a journey between Monica and Jonathan continues, where they continue to go back and forth on who’s walking away from whom and for what reason.  Monica continues to have this desire to pursue her career yet not at the sacrifice of what Jonathan’s going through, yet he won’t allow for much wiggle room in letting her take care of things how she needs and wants to.  That’s his demanding side coming up but well – to be expected.  They know that they have this heat and passion that draws them to one another, and it’s nice to see that they realize that they can’t just use sex as a crutch (as juice as CD Reiss makes it seem in these heated scenes)….so where to go from there right?

What’s nice in this 6th installment is that we start to learn more about the Drazens and even about the folks that surround them.  Margie continues to play a role and i can’t wait to see where it takes us.  Then there’s Jessica who we’re not sure yet why we can’t trust her, and what rabbit she’s going to pull out of a hat, but Monica’s willing to figure it out – at Jonathan’s fear and anxiety.

This is one author that knows how to write novellas though – we get yet another impressive cliff hanger at the end of this piece – we’re at the Collector’s Board Gala that Jonathan really wanted to avoid because it’s ‘Jessica’s circle’ and his mother and father usually attend, but due to circumstances that are partly his doing, Monica is asked to attend (on the arm of Eddie – her rep from carnival) so that she can boost her career.  What we don’t know is what’s going to go down at the event – with the folks that we know will be there, and what’s going on in the life outside, it’s going to be a mess – and we get that.  Jessica was trying to unleash on Jonathan in the end of the last book and he’s tucked his chin and put out some stuff that she probably didn’t want out there, which leads to stress.

We meet someone that we’ve only heard about up until this point, we learn about the fate of another, and then for a third, their life is in limbo, which is exactly what we like to have in these types of stories.  edge of the seat stuff coming i’m sure!