[REVIEW] Resistance – Jenna Black

Jenna Black
Resistance (Replica, Book 2)
Macmillan Tor (US: 11th March 2014; AU: 1st September 2014)
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TRIGGER WARNING: Threat of sexuality “reprogramming”.

(Just a threat; it doesn’t happen.)

Why is this novel’s society advanced enough to create replicas of particular people, yet the Chairman’s Heir’s sexuality has to be kept secret? Supposedly because of the financial/political benefits of an arranged marriage, and then possible heirs, but I’m not entirely convinced.

Anyway, why did I wait so long to read this Resistance? Possibly because Book 1, Replica, is worth five stars, and I worried this wouldn’t have the same quality? I shouldn’t have been concerned, because Resistance is another five-star read in this amazing trilogy. Early on in the book I had a theory, and it turns out to be correct, but that didn’t stop me loving the book, anyway.

And yes, plot convenience seems to trump realism when teens easily overpower their adult adversaries in physical combat, and get away with sneaking around on “sanctuary”/”retreat” grounds.

And Nate Hayes is SO BLOODY ANNOYING in this book, though his opinion later changes somewhat. Can I forgive him because he shows character development by novel’s end? I won’t entirely, because his thoughts and behaviour in regards to Agnes Belinski are absolutely appalling. The trilogy’s world is rather classist, yet what bothers Executive teen Nate the most? Someone who’s “not beautiful” (which is the nicest thing said about Agnes’s appearance in this novel) and lacks social skills. Oh, but then Nate figures it’s good Agnes is meek, because she’ll just go along with whatever he says.

Not cool, Nate. Not cool.

By the end of the story, Nate comes to the conclusion that Agnes isn’t so bad after all, compared to the novel’s villains, but still… However, Nadia Lake is much nicer about, and towards, Agnes – though this might be counted as Nadia’s “save the cat” moment (in scriptwriting terms). Yes, she criticises Agnes’s looks, outfits, and behaviour, but only silently. Outwardly, Nadia is much nicer to her.

But Agnes’s ill-fitting and unflattering clothes don’t make sense, anyway. She’s an Executive, so surely her family could afford a stylist, or for someone else to provide her wardrobe? Maybe her lack of style is just another thing that Nate can hold against her.

Admittedly, Nate has reason to not like Agnes (they’re being forced into an arranged engagement), but still…that’s their parents’ fault; not her doing.

These criticisms aside, I loved the book and highly recommend this trilogy.


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