Luckily, I didn’t have to find out what happened next in the sequel to Breathe, because my local library has had the second book in stock for ages and finally I got to pick it up! I really loved the first book and was super excited to see how the series would conclude. I can happily say that I liked the ending and to a certain extent, wish there had been more!
A new perspective is added in the sequel, that of Ronan, who I couldn’t remember being a main character in the first book, so his popping up was a tad odd. Eventually I enjoyed his perspective, but I think he was only added so we would know what was happening inside the Pod, as everyone else was Outside. If you’re familiar with dual POV stories then usually a new one is added to replace a character who dies, so it’s safe to say that I wasn’t surprised that one of my beloved three died at the end of the book.
You can really see the progression of the characters in Resist, except they don’t get to stay as a team for very long! Each of the characters split up to handle separate missions. Bea and Ronan join forces to try and save the people in the Pod, Quinn is on the hunt for Sequoia, where everything is supposed to be perfect, while Alina is already in Sequoia, revealing it to be a place where no one would want to live anyway.
This duology is action packed and full of surprises, and I think Resist was just as good as it’s predecessor. After the events of the first book I wasn’t sure how this book was going to turn out, especially because I was expecting it to be one long war between the Pod and the Outside. Thank fully we got something new with the addition of Sequoia and once again we’re struck with more corruption. I’m not really a fan of multiple enemies in a series, especially if they seem to change half way through, so it felt at times like Resist could be a companion novel as it was so different to Breathe.
It was great that even though we were in new situations, we still got the same characters. I loved them all, I really did, but I think Bea is still the stand-out character. Unfortunately, there wasn’t as much romance as the first book, but there is definitely more tension with the return of a certain character!
Overall, Resist was a really great conclusion to the story. I’m relieved that it wasn’t stretched into a trilogy, because two books is satisfying enough. Every part of the story was necessary and there was equal attention payed to each character. Basically, it’s one of the best dystopians I’ve ever read.