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The novel's strength, as I have outlined above, is also its weakness (as mentioned in some of the other reviews), but it is largely a matter of reader preference rather than an issue inherent in the writing. It is not non-stop action. It can't be, as the author makes the effort to give the finest details about the world to allow the reader to experience the rich aspects of Otpor. This is not a novel to race through to get to each major plot point. It should be traversed slowly, allowing time to appreciate the author's beautiful use of language and description to fully immerse the reader in the world. If approached in this fashion, Resistance will not disappoint.
With so much to offer, I have to give this book two thumbs up as a great read. I eagerly look forward to the rest of the series.
I had trouble connecting with Anaiya at points, but I thought her character growth was believable and well done, and the writing is strong throughout. The ending also feels more realistic than what you’d expect from a becoming-the-enemy story. Worth a look.
Anaiya, an analytical Fire Elemental and Peacekeeper, has been tasked with a highly secretive assignment of going undercover to find out which of the suspected Air Elementals are behind the Resistance murals that are popping up all over Otpor. Undergoing an unprecedented realignment procedure to become an Air Elemental, Anaiya begins to see the world in an entirely new way, paying attention to details she never previously noticed, raising doubts in her mind of what she thought she knew. In becoming accepted in this new part of society, Anaiya struggles with her identity and the details she learns of the motivations behind the rebellion makes her question what the right course of action is.
While the story followed a typical, familiar dystopian arc, which made it incredibly predictable, I found that despite the predictability I still enjoyed the narrative for its unique character and world details to flesh out the standard story. Much of the plot's action takes place a bit too quickly to be believable, especially with Anaiya's infiltration of the key group of Air Elementals and the rapidity with which the Peacekeepers expected results from the investigation. In describing the elaborately imagined reality of Otpor, there were many technical sounding terms that were used, which could bog down the pacing of the narrative, but it fit well with the analytical thinking of Anaiya's Fire Element brain and played into highlighting that aspect of her character, as well as serving to contrast it with the Air Element part of her realignment.
Overall, I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
This book took me a while to get into. It wasn't until probably 25% of the way in that I was interested enough to want to continue. It wasn't the plot, that is actually really good, but the writing style.
Once I got past the beginning the story completely drew me in. I will probably read the next book when it comes out.
What I liked:
– An interesting concept. Dystopian stories are a dime-a-dozen right now. I'm not complaining, as it's my favorite genre. However, it is refreshing to see an author taking a different direction.
– Likable characters. I loved Seth, Anaiya, and even grumpy Kaide. Seth and Anaiya's characters have some depth to them, but I hope to learn more of Seth's back story in the next book.
– I loved Anaiya's inner turmoil as she transitions from fire to air. I think many of us have been in positions where we thought we were doing the right thing based on our beliefs at the time, only to see the situation from a different POV and realize it's not so black and white. I hope to read about Anaiya's further development in future books.
What I didn’t:
– The writing style, as mentioned above, wasn't really my cup of tea. It felt jumpy and directional.
–It was a little predictable. I knew who the leader was as soon as he/she (don't want to spoil it ;) ) was introduced.
Would I recommend this book to family and/or friends?
Yes, I think so. Despite the slow start, it really is a good book
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to review.
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