[REVIEW] The Resistance – Gemma Malley

Gemma Malley
The Resistance (Surplus Problem, Book 2)
Bloomsbury (US: 2nd September 2008; CA: 9th September 2008; AU: October 2008; UK: 4th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

A pharmaceutical company takes unethical activity to the edge, in Gemma Malley’s The Resistance.

Fifteen-year-olds Anna and Peter are now Legal, and have the opportunity to change society from the inside. Both had sworn they’d never sign the Declaration come age sixteen, but doubts are setting in. Bowing to pressure, signing becomes increasingly appealing – if only to settle guilty consciences. And as Peter works for his grandfather’s PharmaCorp, he expects corruption, but the extent of it is still shocking.

You can’t trust your family. Can’t trust your friends. Can’t trust your allies. And at the end of the day, you can’t even trust yourself, either.

Like The Declaration, The Resistance continues with the themes of liberation, freedom of choice, and oddly believable economics. Further explored here are trust and bioethics, and the internal – as well as external – conflicts are ramped up to the maximum. This is a wrenching, thought-provoking novel, and a sequel that even stretches beyond its fascinating predecessor. You’ll feel the characters’ frustration as well as your own, and be emotionally drained from the more harrowing scenes (including one I was planning for my own writing, damn it).

Get this duology, people – you need these gripping reads.

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