Having been rescued, remade, and returned to Freedom, Theron faces a life without Nine. Though he's chosen to be a healer, he can't find the peace he so desperately needs. Everything in Freedom reminds him of Nine. But then he meets Catcher and begins to uncover the dark truths behind Freedom's batcher program - and the virus.
Catcher teaches Theron what it means to be a leader and of the value of family and fatherhood. When he falls in love with a captured rebel, Theron must choose: stay in Freedom with its easy pleasures or join the rise and pursue a life that is truly free.
©2016 Ilima Todd (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
...but this one was horrible. I liked the first book so much, that it was especially disappointing that this one was so bad. There's not much I can say without using examples so I'll just be general:
1. For about half the book Theron is hysterical, tortured, depressed, violent (cage fighting) longing for his lost love. His inner dialogue is repetitive and boring the entire way through. The audio narration didn't help matters.
2. C happens because B happens because A happens but A is totally illogical and so is everything that follows. It makes a lot of the story ridiculous and hard to suspend disbelief.
3. Insta love drives a lot of the plot when something logical could have and should have.
4. The only character that is developed well is Theron (and he's just pathetic). Characters that were developed in the last book are suddenly flat. People also act out of character.
5. Total cliffhanger of an ending, but I won't be listening to the third.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Having been rescued, Remade, and returned to Freedom, Theron must now face a life without Nine. Though he’s chosen to be a healer, he uses all the vices Freedom affords to try and dull the pain of losing Nine. But he can’t find the peace he so desperately needs. Until he meets Catcher, a man who shows him the dark truths behind Freedom’s Batcher program. From him, Theron learns what it means to be a leader and a father. When he falls in love with a captured rebel named Pua, Theron must choose: Freedom and its easy pleasures, or a life that is truly free but full of hardships and decisions.
I loved Theron so much in Remake. I ached for him at the end of the book, so I was excited to see that he was the main character in Resist. He's definitely not in a good place at the beginning of the book. But an unusual case where Theron show his fast thinking and ingenuity leads him to the underbelly of Freedom and exposes things that even Nine hadn't know about.
Once again, this story dwells heavily on the surface pleasures our modern society offers, that also encourage our own selfishness. And how fulfilling having a family can be. Of being a mother or a father, a sister or a brother. The people of Freedom know nothing of this. They don't bond with each other like a family would.
The ending was cliffhangerish, but it wasn't a "literal" cliff-hanging event. Their circumstances are dire, but there's also hope.
At the end of Remake, I really hoped that Kai's sister Pua might be a good love interest for Theron. Todd did not disappoint me. :D
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