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The shocking and thrilling sequel—and conclusion—to Breathe, which Kirkus Reviews called "intelligent and absorbing." Three teens confront danger, uncertainty, and the yearning to live—and breathe—freely. This powerful dystopian novel is for fans of Veronica Roth and Patrick Ness.

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...

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Overview

The shocking and thrilling sequel—and conclusion—to Breathe, which Kirkus Reviews called "intelligent and absorbing." Three teens confront danger, uncertainty, and the yearning to live—and breathe—freely. This powerful dystopian novel is for fans of Veronica Roth and Patrick Ness.

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.

Acclaimed author Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, shattered society, and brought to life three teenagers who come into their own in the most heartbreaking ways. A wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—The dystopian adventure that began in Breathe (Greenwillow, 2012) comes to a mediocre conclusion. In the continued effort to find freedom for all citizens, a steadfast group of survivors are fighting two forces: a government within the domed city which regulates the air citizens breathe, and rebels outside the city. The same cast of characters returns, though there is new emphasis on Ronan, the government warrior turned rebel. His point of view alternates with those of freedom fighter Alina, privileged outcast Quinn, and empathetic Bea. Readers will require a lasting memory of Breathe or need to reread it before attempting the sequel, as many characters and plot nuances are not fully explained. In a turn of events worthy of a soap opera, the psychotic rebel leader killed off in the first book turns out to have an equally crazy sister who leads another faction of rebels. The heroes must once again escape the rebel enclave and save their people from an authoritarian government. Sprinkled amid action-packed scenes are a few stilted romances. Although the heroes are likable, the story feels forced and the pacing too quick, almost as if large pieces have been left out. Purchase where the first book is popular, otherwise, heed the title and resist.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT
VOYA - Laura Lehner
This sequel to Breathe (HarperCollins, 2012/Voya October 2012) finds two groups of young rebels leaving the government-run Pod in search of Sequoia, a rebel stronghold in the Outlands. In this dystopian world, citizens must either live in the Pod, where oxygen levels are regulated according to social status, or try to survive the Outlands, where suffocation is a constant threat because all the trees were obliterated generations before. Bea, Quinn, Alina, and Jazz have just lost an epic battle against the government while trying to protect the Grove—an experimental grove of trees that might have been the salvation of humanity in the Outlands. With the Grove destroyed, the almost mythical Sequoia seems to be the only hope, but once they reach that destination, they realize that corruption is everywhere and the real battle has just begun. Awkward dialogue and world building take away from the flow somewhat, but plenty of action and suspense make it a worthwhile addition to public libraries. Teens who are craving more dystopian survival and romance tales will enjoy the two-book series. Reviewer: Laura Lehner
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
This conclusion to the dystopian romance begun in Breathe (2012) follows a group of teens trying to survive in the airless, derelict wilderness outside of their domed, tyrannical pod. Readers are plunged directly into the adventure with little recap. Ronan, son of the dictatorial pod minister, became disillusioned when he helped to destroy the rebels' sanctuary in the last book. Now, he joins the rebels when he meets Bea on a trip outside the pod. Also on hand are Alina, one of the first rebels, and Quinn, disaffected son of the pod's army general. Separated, Bea and Quinn try to find Sequoia, the only remaining sanctuary, while Alina heads in the same direction with her small group of survivors. However, when the groups arrive, they learn that Sequoia might be an even worse tyranny than the one they escaped earlier; worse, the Sequoia group intends to kill thousands in the pod city. By embedding one dystopia into another, Crossan keeps readers on their feet. Her gritty, lifeless world, the result of the destruction of all of the world's trees, is populated by desperate drifters who survive with portable solar respirators. Though the villains sometimes tend toward melodrama, this feeds into the extremity of the setting. An above-average dystopia; intelligent and absorbing. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062118745
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 100,199
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 564 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah Crossan first had the idea for Breathe when traveling in Washington State. Seeing the logging, she thought, "Don't people understand that we need trees to breathe?" And so began a book about how awful life would be if access to one of our most basic needs—air—were restricted. Before becoming a full-time writer, Sarah Crossan taught high school English and creative writing. She lives with her family in England.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Resist by Sa

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Resist by Sarah Crossan
    Book Two of the Breathe series
    Publisher: Greenwillow
    Publication Date: October 8, 2013
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan's Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what's left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.




    Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there's enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod's Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.




    What I Liked:




    For me, Resist was an... interesting conclusion to the Breathe duology. I expected more, but at the same time, I wasn't too broken up that I didn't get a better end to the series. My interest in this stemmed from Crossan's integration of environmental issues and themes, and I'm happy that the series was so concretely based on the environment. The story itself is pretty good, but in this book, it wasn't BETTER than in the first book - in fact, it wasn't as good.




    Bea and Quinn survived the destruction of The Grove, but were separated from Alina, Silas, Song, Bruce, Maude, and the others. The latter journey to find Sequoia, what seems to be the last non-pod refuge, and eventually Quinn leaves Bea and a new-found (but injured) companion to find Sequoia as well. But things in Sequoia are sooo not ideal - in fact, they're worse than in The Grove, or in the pod. 




    There are FOUR perspectives in this book - Alina, Quinn, Bea, and Ronan (Ronan is the son of someone really important politically in Breathe, but I can't really remember the father's position). Each teen has a very important role in this book. I liked all four of them quite a bit, which was nice, because in Breathe, I really was not a fan of Alina. Alina is tough, Bea is unshakable, Quinn is matured, and Ronan, well, Ronan makes decisions that affect the outcome of this novel. Good for him.




    Life in Sequoia was so weird, and definitely dystopian. I was totally grossed out when I read some of things that went on in Sequoia, but at the same time, I expected it. I think it was admirable that Crossan included such a society in this series - she's showing readers what could happen. It reminds me a bit of In the After by Demitria Lunnetta.




    For the most part, I enjoyed the story, but I had problems with major plot points (see below). What I did absolutely LOVE was the environmental science part of this series. It didn't seem as prevalent in this book as it did in Breathe, but I love that Crossan made it a central theme in the book (and series). What happens when air is not breathable? Find out in Breathe and Resist.




    I may have had problems with the plot (the climax, specifically), but I liked the ending. It seemed a bit vague - I would have wanted to know more about the new society, but I'll accept it as it is and move on. Crossan does take the ax to a few characters, but I think it was necessary. I kind of wanted to know what happened to other characters, like Quinn's parents, but whatever. I enjoyed this book, for the most part, and I'm glad I read the series!




    What I Did Not Like:




    This book was not as good as the first book. It sucks that sequels get compared to their predecessors, but it's bound to happen. I expect books in series to get better and better as the series goes on, or at least, the same level of "great" with which the series started. This book felt like a bit of a letdown, even if overall, it was a satisfying read.




    For one, I had to skim or almost peruse parts of the book. Unlike the first book, not everything grabbed my attention. The FOUR alternating perspectives started to wear on me, and I found that I didn't always want to read next perspective that I encountered. Like, I would quickly read Ronan's part, in order to get to Bea's part. At some points in the book, some characters had more boring perspectives than others. Or, others had more interesting perspectives than others.




    It seemed too easy, when Alina and the rest of the refugees at Sequoia escaped. It didn't seem realistic. Like, EVERYONE got away, unhurt, perfect, free. And then they reached the pod? Where did the children go? I was confused about that - where did everyone else go? I know Alina, Silas, and a few others made it to the pod, but where were the others? 




    The same goes for the actual fight for the pod - who was fighting who? Vanya versus the pod? Who was fighting for the pod, the rebels, the Resistance, the pod's army? A combination of everyone? I really didn't understand the climax (the final battle), and that kind of sucked (to not understand). 




    Would I Recommend It:




    Overall, as a single book, not entirely? If you read the first book, I think you should read this one - it's important for closer and whatnot. Finishing series is important, and the first book was GREAT. This book wasn't as good as the first book, but it wasn't horrible or anything.




    As a series, I would recommend this series to people interested in environmental science, like me. This duology will always stick out to me (i.e., I will always remember it) because of the heavy environmental science content. That is easily my favorite "thing" about this book - how involved it is with environmental issues. So, as a series, if you're interested in the science, read it! 




    If you weren't dying to read the series, then skipping it wouldn't hurt. It's not a majorly popular series, and it probably won't be the next Twilight, so don't feel bad about skipping it. But I think it's worth the read, for science-y people out there, like me.




    Rating:




    3 stars. This was a pretty okay conclusion to the series! Sarah Crossan is definitely a solid author, and I'm looking forward to reading her next project!

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.)
    This is book 2 in the ‘Breathe’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘breathe’ left off.
    **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Breathe’.**
    Quinn, Bea, and Jazz are trying to make their way to Sequoia to meet up with Alina and the rest of the revolutionaries, when Jazz is injured.

    Alina and the survivors from ‘The Grove’ are also travelling to Sequoia, having nowhere else to go, and quickly running out of oxygen and food.

    Ronan is the son of the dead pod minister, and he’s been asked by Quinn’s father to journey across the Outlands to find Quinn and bring him back. If he does Quinn’s father will get them new identities and hide them.
    What will the Resistance’s next plan be? Can Ronan find and help Quinn? And what will happen when Alina, Bea, and Quinn eventually make it too Sequoia?


    I enjoyed this more than Breathe, but I still thought that there were some plot holes, and poor decision making going on.

    This book followed an extra character – Ronan, son of the dead pod minister. He was an okay character, and I liked how he had the gumption to believe what he heard about the government lying to the people about planting trees, and stood up for what he believed was right. It was a little difficult at times to really believe that Jude – Quinn’s father, was also trying to help the revolution, but I suppose someone needed to help them.

    The storyline in this book was okay, although again I thought that there were plot holes, and some poor decision making. There was a storyline where Quinn’s father told Ronan to go and find Quinn, and said that he would give them new identities when they came back, but I had to question – where Quinn and Ronan not a bit high profile to be pretending to be auxiliaries? Quinn having spoken at the press conference thing, and Ronan being the dead pod minister’s son made them quite easily recognisable, and I just doubted how easy it would be to pretend to be someone else, never mind that their tattoos would have to be removed.

    There were several other things that I can’t talk about without dropping spoilers, but I also thought that there were several moments where they almost forgot about the amount of air they did or didn’t have, which was ridiculous, and they made things harder for themselves at times rather then taking the safe or easy option.

    There were some events that I didn’t see coming, including some unexpected deaths, but I also thought that other plotlines were really predictable.
    The ending of this was okay, and I liked the action and tension. This was definitely the most intense part out of both books, and was a high point for me. I did feel like it all ended really quickly though, and I was actually disappointed to realise that this was the last book in the series. It was as if as soon as this got really good, it finished!
    Overall; better than the first book, but still had issues.
    7 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    I loved this series! I just picked up Breathe and fell in love w

    I loved this series! I just picked up Breathe and fell in love with it instantly! I was so excited that i didnt have to wait for the second one to come out. The books really complemented each other well and i would definitely recommend it. The end of Resist was so sad because i wanted to keep reading! Ms. Sarah Crossan left room for another book if she is interested. To people who are reading this book, be aware of the cliff hanger at the end. It will leave yoeathless and hungry for more.u br

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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        I remember really loving Breathe, and connecting with the ch

        I remember really loving Breathe, and connecting with the characters, but unfortunately Resist didn't warrant quite as much love from me. I think my biggest issue is I was thrown back into this world and into these characters heads without any sort of review or refresher, so I felt disconnected for a bit, and I couldn't remember plot details. I guess I should have reread and then I know this probably would have been a 5 star, but I didn't have time. 
        Once I got back into the characters heads for a bit and just forgot what I'd forgotten, I got swept up in their troubles, trials, loves, friends and into this frightening world where taking your next breath is not guaranteed. Bea was my favorite, like last time, she is so kind hearted but strong at the same time. She strives to see and believe the best of other people. 
        There were many challenges thrown at the characters, and obstacles to overcome so there was always something going on and it def kept my attention.  
        The ending didn't feel quite complete enough for me, but I can't put my finger on why because everything was tied up as can be expected. Maybe it was a certain death? Can't be sure, but while I was caught up in this world, it was not the sequel that I was yearning for. 




    Bottom Line: Good but not how I loved Breathe. 

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

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    I've had a hard time writing this review. My final thoughts are

    I've had a hard time writing this review. My final thoughts are hard to put into words. I breezed through it but often felt that things were happening way to quickly.

    For a "secret" area, Sequoia was surprisingly easy for them to find. I know locations are passed by word of mouth, but even the leader of Sequoia seemed surprised to be found not once but twice. I also wasn't shocked when Sequoia didn't turn out to be all they had hoped for. It was basically trading once form of oppression for another.

    I did enjoy how none of the characters backed down from their beliefs. Even when Bea is faced with an impossible situation, she is thinking of others safety before he own. Alina is not willing to give up the idea of air and freedom. I also liked the idea that maybe some of uppers are tired of of the control in the city and are willing to go the extra mile and help the resistance.

    However, I felt the ending was entirely rushed. A lot of it depended on the chain of events going exactly as planned. There was a lot of uncertainties. While things obviously did not go as planned and there were a lot of casualties, it seemed way to easy. And very little was explained as to what happened next. I was a little underwhelmed but the events.

    Overall it wasn't completely a satisfying ending for me. I did like the series as a whole and will be looking for the author's next work!

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    In the conclusion to Breathe, we find our main characters at a



    In the conclusion to Breathe, we find our main characters at a crossroads. Life has been drastically altered for them all and now they must decide what to do next- do they seek out the other Resistance hub or do they remain in the Outlands?


    Alina has made her choice- after the Grove was destroyed, her and a few fellow Resistance members are heading for Sequoia, another Resistance hub. Meanwhile, Bea and Quinn have left the Pod and are going to make their way back to the Grove to find Alina and the others. Bea is heartbroken right now after a devastating loss has crushed her spirit, and not even Quinn can seem to bring the old her back. After discovering the Grove has been destroyed and finding a little girl, Jazz, (who was important to Petra) they decide to head for Sequoia to regroup with the others. However, Jazz has been injured and will not be able make the trip there. Quinn heads out on his own to seek out help, leaving Bea and Jazz behind.


    This book adds in one more point of view, Ronan Knavery, the young former Pod Minister's son. He is a part of the Special Forces and Jude Caffrey, Quinn's father, has offered him a deal that is hard to refuse. I liked Ronan's character. After his father's death he is having to make some difficult decisions concerning his life and what his end goals are. By chance he meets up with Bea and Jazz, and is able to use his connections to get Jazz the help she needs. Ronan ends up being a good friend to Bea and really supports her while Quinn is away. I was afraid of a potential love triangle here with Bea, Ronan, and Quinn but luckily we don't get that.


    Bea, while hurting from losing her parents, shows so much growth and development in this book. Gone is the timid girl- in her place is someone who is willing to fight back against the Ministry that hurt her family. While Quinn sets out to find Alina and the others for help from outside, Bea and Ronan head back into The Pod to seek out help from within. After Quinn's very public speech at the end of book one, people are now aware of the position the Ministry and Breathe have put them in and they're not going down without a fight.


    Meanwhile, Alina, Quinn, and the gang are in a world of trouble at Sequoia. This Resistance base is far from what they thought it would be. Once you enter Sequoia, there is no leaving. It is almost cult like and the way they plan on surviving is completely opposite from Petra's in the Grove. Their hopes of recruiting these Resistance members is completely obliterated and now they must begin thinking of their own survival.


    As everything comes to a head and we discover the lengths each individual will go through to be free, we are left with an ending that inspires hope, but is tinged with loss and grief. Even though I enjoyed this duology, I doubt I would read these again in the future. The lack of spark found it hard to stay focused and while I cared about what happened to these characters, I just did not care enough.

    *Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

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