Friday, March 6, 2015

*Book Review* Resistance by Jenna Black

Series: Replica Trilogy # 2
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: March 11, 2014
Source: Library
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Nate Hayes is a Replica.

The real Nate was viciously murdered, but thanks to Paxco’s groundbreaking human replication technology, a duplicate was created that holds all of the personality and the memories of the original. Or...almost all. Nate’s backup didn't extend to the days preceding his murder, leaving him searching for answers about who would kill him, and why. Now, after weeks spent attempting to solve his own murder with the help of his best friend and betrothed, Nadia Lake, Nate has found the answers he was seeking...and he doesn’t like what he’s discovered.

The original Nate was killed because he knew a secret that could change everything. Thanks to Nadia’s quick thinking, the two of them hold the cards now—or think they do.

Unfortunately, neither of them fully understands just how deep the conspiracy runs.

Resistance (Replica # 2) picks up right where Replica (Replica # 1) left off. The series protagonists Nate Hayes, and Nadia Lake truly believe they won and now hold leverage over the Chairman of Paxco, who is also Nate's father. But, it that were truly the case, why would we need a sequel? See, the Chairman isn't one to go quietly into that good night. Nope. He is determined to ruin Nate and Nadia's happiness by dividing and then conquering them into ruination. But, nothing will prepare you for what happens at the end of this book.

As Resistance unfolds, Nadia's reputation is hanging in the balance after being arrested for treason. Even though she was eventually cleared of the charges with help from her sister Gerri and her quick thinking, her parents believe that it is in HER best interest to leave town for awhile. This means shuffling her off to a private retreat where she is out of sight, out of mind. But, that is just the beginning of the Chairman's desire for revenge. The next step is forcing Nate into marrying a girl from another state named Agnes, who apparently doesn't hold a candle to Nadia, or facing the horrors of being reprogrammed due to his sexual preferences.

With Nadia's reputation on the brink of being ruined forever with Nate's marriage to Agnes, it is only a matter of time before the Chairman makes a move to end her life once and for-all. The one positive that comes out of this for Nadia, is that she finds a new relationship with Dante. While Nate is her best friend, he doesn't have the same lure as Dante. Nadia can now honestly allow her heart to feel something she can't with Nate. She doesn't have to worry about being a status girlfriend, while Nate is already locked into a relationship with Kurt.

Resistance ends on yet another heart ripping cliffhanger that has me jonesing for Revolution while this story is still fresh in my mind. I do think that it is such a shame that more people haven't tried reading this series. As of tonight, there are only 34 reviews posted on Goodreads. Blacks world is one in which New York City is the center of what is known as Paxco. Paxco is good for producing one thing, Replica's. As we learned in Replica, there are deep secrets that people will kill to protect. Just ask Nate who is a Replica of the original Nate.

I will say this, I adore Nadia. I think she's fierce, determined, unapologetically straight forward in that she admits that her upbringing as an Executive girl is more confining than boys. She has been the strength of this series from the get go, and I don't mind saying that her crying shows that she isn't emotionally disconnected or a machine that feels nothing. I also adore Agnes. While she comes across as meek and inconsequential with the way she dresses and her "plain" looks, she's far from ignorant of what is really happening. I like that she now finds herself in an unknown situation facing incredible odds of coming out alive.

On the other hand, Nate continues to grate on my last nerves, until he finally doesn't. Everything has been a game to Nate up to this point. He pretends to be a play boy, has no desire to learn the ropes of Paxco even though one day he will be in charge, and is angry all the time. His treatment of Agnes was the purest example of being a misogynistic pig headed asshat that I could find. Perhaps it was his way of spitting into his father's eye. Happily, Nate does show some character growth, and stops being utterly rude and belligerent towards Agnes.

Resistance is a rollercoaster ride filled with conspiracies, suspense, action, and romance. I do look forward to seeing how Black wraps up this series, and hope that nothing is left on the table, and Nadia ends up with a much deserved HEA after everything she's been forced to face.

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