“…[the OCSD] is a modern Leviathan, and if people aren’t afraid of it, they should be. It squanders the fruits of the labors of others to remind us of its power. We are forced to bow before it and accept the crumbs it offers.”
Resist, the second installment of The Resistance series, picks up right where book one, Counteract, left off. The country has been on lockdown for decades after the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense (our villain) was established to protect the people from ongoing waves of terrorist attacks. At least that’s what the OCSD tells the public. The masses sheepishly go along with endless restrictions and are willingly drugged to “stay safe” from terrorist use of chemical weapons. Life is now one long acid trip. The director of the OCSD is poisoned and Careen (our heroine), and her cohorts are blamed.
Cue The Resistance!
A new OCSD director, Dr. Madalyn Davies, is put in place, this one even more power hungry than the last. The Resistance fights the system by rallying the public to their side. Peacefully and successfully at first. But when Davies makes drugging and controlling the public again a priority over feeding them, all Hell breaks loose. There are riots and looting and innocent people die. In response, the Resistance sprinters off and makes countless mistakes, because they, “have to do something”. This tactic doesn’t end well. With the evil government agency breathing down their collective neck, how will Careen and the Resistance continue to fight?
Resist is a great story. Sometimes, important things happen with little or no pomp, so you have to pay close attention to what you’re reading. Resist pulls the reader in with a dose of tense action. But for me, when reading a book, it’s all about the ending. I felt defeat and disappointment at the end of the book. But that’s because I was finally throughly invested in the main characters. And I’m dying to read book three.
Tracy Lawson is an award-winning author of two nonfiction books. She’s enjoyed creating the characters Tommy and Careen and looks forward to continuing their story in more volumes of The Resistance Series young adult novels. Tracy lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter and three spoiled cats.