Cassia has successfully started a rebellion against the Global Defence Organisation – but what happens now? She joins the Resistance which is aiming to take back Old Paris and push the GDO back out of Old Europe. Although she supports the Resistance’s aims, she struggles with the impact it has on innocent people’s lives. Kohler (her old enemy) is out for revenge and has found a unique way to get under her skin. Will she be an asset for the Resistance or will her doubts put everyone in jeopardy?
Rage is a GDO soldier, but she’s also still a child, brutally trained to be a weapon. She infiltrates the Resistance camp where Cassia and her team are based. She’ll do anything to protect the one thing she cares about, the question is, how far will she go?
Josephine Boyce was born in Kuwait to a diplomat father and artist mother. She spent most of her childhood in the Middle East and one day plans to incorporate her memories of the desert into her writing.
I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of Resistance after loving the first book Rebellion! I don't read much dystopian fiction, but Josephine's writing always reminds me that I do really like it. It's so brilliant reading a dystopian set in Europe.
This series is very character driven, and I loved seeing the character development in this book. It's been a while since I read the first one, but the author does a great job of reintroducing the characters before building on them. We saw two new POV's in this book which is probably the reason I gave this book 5 stars, they were both so interesting and really broadened the scope of the story.
This dystopian future feels very realistic because of the characters and how flawed they are. They struggle with the decisions they have to make and the lines between enemy and victim are really blurred, much like real life. I won't say much about the plot because I read an early copy, but I am always blown away by how well Josephine managed to plan out her stories. The plot took me by surprise so many times and I would definitely recommend.
After finishing Rebellion I decided to continue with Josephine Boyce series Rebellion series a started reading Resistance. The rebellion against the GDO has truly started after Cassia and her unit break out the political prisoner from a GDO prison. There next mission is to take back old Paris, in hopes of pushing the GDO out of old Europe. With every mission Cassia starts to struggle with the impact the GDO has done, and what she is having to do to fight for their freedom. As Cassia struggles with the cost of war her enemy Kohler will find a way any way to break Cassia to get his revenge. GDO has been training children to be soldiers though means of training and torture. Rage is one of those children the best they have, she is sent to infiltrate the resistance camp and send back intel. When Rage and Cassia path cross, Rage will have to decide how far she will go to protect the people she cares about the most. For a book that deals with a war, there is surprising a lot of humour in the book. I treasured these moment between Cassia and the Sault unit, I especially loved the Jono pranks, and Drummer humor. I really liked Rage as a character, although she has been though a lot more than any child should have been she still has a child like natured. This contrasts greatly when she is happily talking about bombs. One of my favourite part of the book is them playing human hungry hungry hippos. I need to places this one day in my life. Resistance is fast paced, full of action, romance and humour, I was surprised when I finished the last page, as I felt that I could just kept on reading. For me Resistance feel like the a slight parting of ways with Cassia, but there is much more the do to bet GDO so I am interested in seeing what happens next. I give this book 4.3 out of 5
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Right. So I bought Rebellion when I met Josie at YALC last year and enjoyed it but I wasn't blown away. It was different from typical YA/NA dystopia and I enjoyed that because we're all tired of that samey storyline, aren't we.
My main issues with Rebellion was things like lacking descriptions and I kinda knew what was going to happen etc etc. Resistance basically fixed every issue I may have had with Rebellion.
The introduction of two new points of view - one third present and one third past - which may have been confusing, instead broadened the whole scope of the story and made it more exciting. Don't get me wrong, I love Cassia, but it was so much more intriguing to see what was going on through other people's eyes, especially the new character in the sequel, Rage.
Now lemme tell you something about Rage. I LOVE Rage. Rage is everything I wanted to be as a twelve, maybe thirteen, year old battling my goddamn inner demons. Rage is my smol sweetpea who could kill me before I even took a breath. I LOVE RAGE. YOU WILL LOVE RAGE.
Anyway, Resistance takes another brilliant turn, still seemingly relevant to to political climate we live in and continues to move in a way that keeps you interested. Both of these books are shorter than your typical 600-odd page YA novel and fast paced, they keep you in and interested.
I finally got around to reading this yay! It’s been staring at me since the end of July, and it was worth the wait. Getting back into this series reminded me of my favourite parts of Rebellion (aka Jono and Drummer and all the banter). The conversations in this book still feel so natural and it reminds me that these guys are still only teenagers. I really liked how much darker this book felt - even though a lot of the time it had me whispering “oh shit” out loud.
New book - new character! And oh did I love Rage. I want to wrap her in a hundred blankets and squish her but I know she’ll probably punch me so I won’t do it. I also love how Cassia and Luca basically turned into parents. It brought comedy and sweetness to this otherwise dark and tense story.
So I was lucky enough to read an early version of this through Josie’s Advance Reader Squad. I liked that version a lot, but I love this final version - it really pulls together and is a great follow on from Rebellion. I love Rage’s character - she really highlights just how far the GDO are willing to go. And I love her and Knight. I also really enjoyed Cassia coping with the aftermath of Rebellion and everything that happens in this book, some of it is pretty traumatic and it’s great to see a character actually reacting to that and not being sure of herself. That’s also why I like the ending. And as always, I love Luca and how he reacts to and supports her. 💙 I’m really excited to see where this goes and what happens next!