Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Resistance by Gemma Malley

No spoilers.

The Resistance
Author: Gemma Malley
Year of Publication: 2008
Genre: YA, scifi, future
Pages: 323
First Line: "Overhead lighting, bleak and uncompromising, shone down into the small room like a prison guard's searchlight, picking out every speck of dust, every mark on the cheap carpet, every smudged fingerprint on the window sill."

Summary: Peter and Anna have escaped their childhood prison, Grange Hall, but shedding the terror of life as a Surplus doesn't come easily. They may be Legal, but it's a struggle to adjust to "normal" life under the strict Declaration. Impatient to see action as an agent in the growing resistance, Peter feigns reconciliation with his grandfather to infiltrate Pincent Pharma. The company is responsible for Longevity+ -- a drug rumoured to reverse the ageing process. But there is more to the drug than Peter and Anna could have ever imagined. IN order to restore youth to the old, scientists must first harvest it from somewhere...

Source: Back of book

Review: Not bad. I felt like the book didn't really start until about two-thirds in, but it was decent otherwise. A few typos which were annoying. And it's by a British author, so the quotation marks and spelling isn't American which takes a bit of getting used to. The story itself is well thought-out and written. It is the sequel to The Declaration so check that out before you read this one. It's a little annoying that character detail is fairly avoided. The book relies more on dialogue than description, which I usually like, but I think it could have used a bit more description. For example, I could not for the life of me remember how old Peter and Anna were, and I ended up looking it up on the Interwebz after.

Worst part: The fact that it took so long to get started.

Best part: Loved Jude and Sheila. Awesome.

Grade: B-

Other Books by This Author: The Declaration and others.

41 / 50 books. 82% done!

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