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Thursday, February 27, 2014

[ARC] My Thoughts: Ressistance, By Jenna Black

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: Replica (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765333724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333728
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches

"Resistance is the second installment in acclaimed author Jenna Black’s YA SF romance series.

Nate Hayes is a Replica.

The real Nate was viciously murdered, but thanks to Paxco’s groundbreaking human replication technology, a duplicate was created that holds all of the personality and the memories of the original. Or...almost all. Nate’s backup didn't extend to the days preceding his murder, leaving him searching for answers about who would kill him, and why. Now, after weeks spent attempting to solve his own murder with the help of his best friend and betrothed, Nadia Lake, Nate has found the answers he was seeking...and he doesn’t like what he’s discovered.

The original Nate was killed because he knew a secret that could change everything. Thanks to Nadia’s quick thinking, the two of them hold the cards now—or think they do.

Unfortunately, neither of them fully understands just how deep the conspiracy runs"- Goodreads


My Thoughts:
See what is says up there? Up on my review policy? NO ROMANCE BOOKS. However in the interest of broadening my horizons, I decided to request a semi-romancy book from Raincoast. So thank you to them, for giving me this awesome ARC. And no, I was not given any compensation in exchange for this review. Now my thoughts!

Resistance was arguably among one of the most amusing dystopias I've read this year. What made it different? Well, for one it didn't go chasing after The Hunger Games's heels. Jenna Black did her own thing -  a more lighthearted rebellion story - and it worked. 

From the beginning, Nate and Nadia were up against tremendous odds, something that would make a regular 17-21 year old quiver in his/her boots. I felt their reactions, complicated relationship, and partner dynamic were believable. What I didn't find believable, was their lack of any physical injury, despite the people around them being shot, killed, etc. Though this is a minor issue, it nagged on my conscious.

Speaking of injury, I'm very glad the action bits didn't consume Resistance, pushing all other aspects of the novel aside. Dante, Kurt, Nadia, Angie were all good characters, and each of them were given their own chance to shine. There is almost a character for everyone within these white pages, seeing that Paxco/Debasement modestly displayed a diversity of personalities and sexualities. 
"Executives who went to upstate retreats generally didn’t leave, nor did they receive many visitors, having disgraced their families and friends with whatever scandal had caused them to enter the retreat in the first place. "- Official Quote, via Tor

Although some specific sections of Resistance are sketchy, overall, I was entertained. The Chairman was badass, in his own cruel/flawed way, and that ending. DAT ENDING. I will say no more. :>

My Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)

1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard of this one before. Glad you branched out a little and ended up liking it! That says a lot. I like that it is a little bit more lighthearted than some rebellion dystopians. Thanks for sharing! :)