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Saturday, October 17, 2015

See if you can... Resist by Tracy Lawson

Hi guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're taking a step back into a series I started once upon a time (make that August 2014).  At its heart, it's a dystopian Young Adult novel, but it has very real repercussions that you could honestly see happening, whether you subscribe to the "big brother" theories or not.  It celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY just a few weeks back and I do believe it's high time we clear a space for it to PAR-TAY down right here on the site.  Ladies and gents, prepare yourself mind, body, and soul as we welcome today's book of choice...

The Resistance series, Book 2
Lawson Publishing

About the book...
Knowledge comes with a price.

Tommy and Careen are no longer naive teenagers who believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense’s miracle antidote can protect them from a terrorist’s chemical weapons. After accidentally discovering the antidote’s real purpose—to control citizens’ thoughts and actions--they join the Resistance to fight back.

They soon realize that being part of the Resistance brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Not everyone working for change proves trustworthy, and plans to spark a revolution go awry, with grave consequences. Tommy and Careen's differing viewpoints threaten to drive a wedge between them, and their budding relationship is tested as their destinies move toward an inevitable confrontation with the forces that terrorize the nation.

Where does love fit in when you’re trying to overthrow the government?


So, here we are.
Out of the frying pan and into...ANOTHER frying pan.'s just been one big sunshine fest for these guys, I'm telling you!  What's that?  Oh yes, I was being entirely sarcastic there because life has been anything but sunshine and roses for Tommy, and Careen...and well pretty much the ENTIRE Resistance team.  BUT, as "peachy" as things have been, they're about to get a whole lot worse...

You think starting a revolution is easy?  You think there aren't sacrifices to be made?  Tommy and Careen have both lost things for the cause, things they never anticipated having to lose in the first place considering they never WANTED to be a part of this movement to begin with, but they've also found things as well.  Inner strength, clearness of mind, each other, and now...Tom's parents.  Dun dun dunnnnn....  Okay, so that was a bit more dramatic if you've read the first book, but if you haven't trust me, it's a BIG deal, and it's made even bigger when you see the condition they are found in, the circumstances surrounding their "deaths" in the first place, and just who is responsible for it all.  Their disappearing act is not the only thing that's fishy though.  There are whispered conversations, secret rendezvous' (of both the personal and business type),  and those that may be working as double agents around every bend.  Some you can get a clear read on, others...not so much.  Even those that have been through so much (i.e. Tommy and Careen) aren't even on the same page anymore and that my friends could cost one of them their life...

On the list of things to love, the fact that there is no space between the first book and the second.  You literally step out of the one and right into the other without losing a moment...word to the wise, it is a bit more of a requirement to read these in order due to this very same reason, but totally worth it.  Second reason, the characters stay true to themselves or rather the parts they were given.  Though I did want to smack Tommy a bit upside the head for his performance this time around; once with a girl, another time with a gun, and the last...well, I'll let you read about that one but let's say it puts quite a few in jeopardy.  (*glares at Tommy*)  Careen has her share of mis-choices this time around as well but I do think we see her character change the most.  She's finally finding her sense of self and not just being led around anymore...she wants to do the leading.  (You go girl!) The only drawback for me was when we started to get drawn a touch too far into the political side of things (not my cup of tea) but by book's end we were back on course and let me tell you, that ending leaves you wishing it was already 2016 so you could pick up the next in the series.  (Can you say cliffhanger?)

In the end, it was a good addition to the series leaving us plenty of room to grow; rather good news considering there are at least TWO more titles planned in the series according to the website.  (Yay!)  If you like your Young Adult reads with some guts, some glory, and some struggles that seem pointless yet may just lead to uncorking the emotional stopper the OCSD put in the people of the US of A, this is definitely a read that should be on your radar.


About the author...

Tracy grew up in Sharonville, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, and attended Princeton High School. While in high school, she was an editor for the school newspaper, news director for the Princeton Instructional Television station, and also worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Suburban Press weekly newspaper.

She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in 1988, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications degree.

After working for a time in advertising and as an investigative analyst for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, Tracy settled into a career in the performing arts, teaching dance and choreographing musicals.



Special thanks to Alessandra with PR by the Book for the copy for review and to the author for signing/personalizing it.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the series, or those promotions on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Lawson Publishing, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Don't forget to check out the first book in the series, Resist, and stay tuned for the third release coming in 2016!

Until next time...happy reading!


Tracy Lawson said...

Wow! Thanks so much for your review of Resist, Gina! I'm thrilled that you're enjoying the series, and appreciate your comments so much. I'm working hard to be ready to release IGNITE, the third book in the series, in early summer 2016.

Gina R said...

Can't wait! ^-^ Thanks for stopping by!

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