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"A book that would appeal to fans of dystopia (Think 1984,George Orwell) Resistance is an utterly thought-provoking and subversive book in this genre - Highly entertaining, poignant and brutal by shades, Divided Elements is an original novel, pushing the boundaries of this genre - and Mikhaeyla is surely a writer to watch out for." Sachin Dev, author of Faith of the Nine
"I loved the ideas in the book, no two ways about it. They are original and ambitious - and despite being a debut, the quality of the writing has the assured aplomb of a seasoned writer... Mikhaeyla's society is convincing and the setting of this post-apocalyptic Paris where drugs, sex and night life spill out into the streets full of Izakaya bars is utterly arresting." Smorgasbord Fantasia
"Resistance is a stunning debut...Intense, imaginative and gripping, if you like dystopian fiction, you will want to read this book. I'm looking forward to the next in the series." Doddy About Books
"Resistance isn't like other dystopian novels you've read... I would highly recommend this novel to fans of dystopian fiction such as George Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave NewWorld. The novel also reminded me of the video games République and the post-Paris cyberpunk adventure, Remember Me in setting and tone. But none of these other works do the novel justice: in Resistance, Indie author Mikhaeyla Kopievsky manages to create fresh and new dystopia worth exploring." Edge of Infinity
"This book. Is. Awesome. It's Divergent's bigger, badder, tougher, realer older sister. So much more than your basic dystopian fill-in-the-blanks, Resistance has amazing, almost magical worldbuilding." Netgalley ARC reviewer
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- ASIN : B01M6AXXKA
- Publisher : Kyrija (January 20, 2017)
- Publication date : January 20, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 5181 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #139,607 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Overall, the world-building in Resistance is rather weak; what I just described to you took a lot of research gathering to get it together. There are other things, such as slang descriptions for things that come up throughout the book, and some of the customs and tendencies of different Elements are revealed in passing, to the point where the reader needs to be alert to it to gather such info.
Of course, in any dystopian society there is conflict from those who don't fit the mold as well as others. This book deals with the history of the first case the society dealt with (known as "Heterodoxy", definitely a misnomer) about ten years before, how it was handled, and how this uprising is handled differently.
Our protagonist, Anaiya, is a Fire Elemental and a Peacekeeper (Uber cop). She was tangentially involved with the first uprising case, and becomes integral to this one, thanks to the Peacekeeper higher-ups, and especially her friend, Niamh. She becomes re-aligned as an Air Elemental and goes undercover to find the cell in control of this uprising. The story is about her decisions and choices, and the various ways she handles, or mis-handles, different parts of the case. It is also a story of the inner turmoil between her natural element (Fire) and the undercover alignment (Air). The best way to describe it in a few words is "Military Meets the Arts". I will leave the details to you, the future reader, as much of the discovery process is in following her mind-path through the case.
The lack of cogent world-building and the drawn-out slow pace of her re-alignment procedure is why I dropped the review by a star. Overall, though, this tale is a great mystery tied with minor sci-fi elements, and some romantic tension thrown in for good measure. It is NOT a pure sci-fi read in any way, and I urge everyone to check this book out. It is a great first offering by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky, who makes use of her learned background and her abilities in philosophy, sociology and politics to weave an excellent, thinking-persons tale, without making any area hit you over the head with a hammer.
Resistance describes a dystopian society. During childhood, every citizen of Otpor is assigned to an element (air, earth, fire, water) that determinates his/her role in the remnants of society.
Anaiya is a Fire Elemental who serves as a Peacekeeper tasked with maintaining Orthodoxy (correct way of thinking and acting) in the society. With a set of impressive skills (superior endurance, a sixth sense, future-searching allowing her to glimpse into the future) she's one of the best in her line of work. Rebellion is brewing in Otpor as some people want to go against the collective societal rules.
Because of Anaiya's rare set of skills, she's chosen to infiltrate Resistance camp - a process involving genetically altering her into an air element. It won't come as a surprise that afterwards she experiences a lot of inner turmoil and discovers new ways of perceiving the world. Who knows, maybe she'll even join Resistance?
The story is told mostly in third-person present tense and it's not something you see often in fantasy. As a result, the reader gets the sensation of being right there, following the characters in their adventure. As it's done well it's easy to relate to Anaiya. I would describe writing as immersive.
All characters have some depth, no one becomes a villain by choice. Most do because of social programming and following a script they can’t question. Observing shifts in Anaiya’s perceptions, feelings and language kept me interested in the novel. Her reactions are perfectly believable as is her confusion in a world with no real hope. The side characters are all fleshed out as well as needed, though I will say it’s hard sometimes to remember them all.
Small-scale world-building is immersive and impressive. Settings are nicely contrasted. I would love to learn more about other elementals and the world but what I've got was enough to keep me engaged.
Resistance doesn't bring anything to new to the genre, but it's a good, immersive book that uses genre's tropes intelligently. It focuses on social programming instead of simplistic good and evil divisions. Despite boring bits, I tend to revisit it in my mind and the more I think about Resistance the more I like it.
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After a harrowing realignment process, she is sent off the secret mission to uncover the leaders of the growing Resistance, a crime punishable by execution. But for Anaiya, the mission becomes a trial of identity as she begins to question who she is and how her world works. With Air traits distracting her from her mission, she is seduced by the world she now inhabits, finding unexpected beauty in what she discovers. After witnessing Peacekeepers brutally take down some of the Air elementals she has come to know, the dichotomy between her Fire and Air sides has her questioning what she believes is right.
This is not a light read to be devoured in one go and then forgotten. This story is one that brings to light the deficiency of a system that sees people categorised and brainwashed to fit a society ideal. Any departure from their conditioning will be punished, but with Anaiya now torn between two elements she is in danger of becoming the very thing she was sent to eradicate. As her relationships with those suspected of being part of the Resistance strengthen, she will be forced to chose between what she has been taught and the truths about her existence she is only just coming to understand.
In all, this is a fascinating insight into a possible future, giving a terrifying glimpse of what might come from segregating people into certain types and punishing anyone who does not conform. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next in book two of the series, Rebellion.
Aniya, the protagonist, is a fire elemental who works as an elite peacekeeper. One night, while on patrol, she discovers a mural urging for resistance.
The strength of Otopor, the reason given for the community's perseverance and survival against the harsh world is the strict adherence to the rules and beliefs of orthodoxy. As a peacekeeper, Anika is duty-bound to keep the law and to preserve the rule of orthodoxy.
This mural is the first sign of a heterodox rebellion for a very long time, and Aniya is given a task to go undercover and find the ringleaders of the resistance. And this requires Aniya to undergo a radical elemental re-alignment. After being aligned to the Air element and finding friends amongst the Water, Air and Earth elementals, Aniya learns more about herself and about Otopor than she expected.
There are many twists and plenty of intrigue in this novel, Kopievsky's writing brings all the action and characters to life, fully realised against the futuristic city. The worldbuilding here is wonderful, you get a vivid sense of Otopor, of the bars and nightlife, of the exhilaration, excitement, tension and danger present around any corner. One thing also worth mentioning is how well Kopievsky handled the protagonist's change from one element to the other, how some senses were dulled and others highlighted, how her attitudes and understanding changed.
Ultimately, RESISTANCE is a great, immersive read, and I'm really excited about where the rest of the series goes. Kopievsky has shown a lot of vision and talent in creating an exciting and different world, and some wonderful characters.