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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  52 reviews
In the final battle with drug-resistant bacteria, one woman's blood holds a secret weapon.

Rory and her father have survived the antibiotic crisis that has killed millions, including Rory’s mother—but ingenuity and perseverance aren’t their only advantages. When a stoic and scarred young military veteran enters their quiet life, Rory is drawn to him against her better judgm
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by SparkPress
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Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Resistant by Rachael Sparks is one book on the list of many great reads for the BookSparks 2018 Fall Reading Challenge. I'm honored to be an ambassador for this challenge -- it has truly been one of the most fun things I've experienced within the book community. When this book came in the mail from BookSparks, I couldn't wait to dive in. It's not my typical read, though I enjoy the occasional Sci-Fi/Dystopian to change things up. This book was the genre change I needed to renew my interest in th ...more
The progression of antibiotic resistance is an interesting premise, and this story has some decent science and ideas behind it.

I really didn't like the romance angle - it seemed a little trite and almost shoe-horned in. I feel the story would have been better served exploring the nefarious government angle, rather than sapping it up with relationship drama.

This was a quick read, and it gives a decent conclusion while leaving an open ending to return to this universe and explore further.

All in a
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Resistant by Rachael Sparks is a so-so dystopian novel.

In Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Rory Stevigson and her father, Byron, are basically off-the-grid survivalists in the climate changed land of 2041. The prevalence of bacterial diseases that were sparked by climate change have all become drug-resistant after the over use of antibiotics. Rory's deceased mother was a scientist looking for a cure until she succumb to a bacterial infection. At the same time, the people her mother used to work for ar
Jill Elizabeth
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy scientific thrillers, and when you can combine that element with tech, futurism, and a well-crafted world and characters, you can't help but keep me hanging by my fingernails... Sparks has a great writing style, very engaging and easy to fall into. And it doesn't hurt that she created an original- and entirely plausible-feeling future that was disturbingly life-like and dark enough to haunt without being so much so that it left me grudgingly turning each page. I thoroughly enjoyed ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley, SparkPress, and Rachael Sparks for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Initially, when this popped up on my dashboard on NetGalley, I think I thought it was a young adult novel, mostly because of the cover. It has that vibe. But the listed genres are romance and sci-fi. But having thought it was YA based on the novel, I was very confused about the characters at first...until I realized oh, this is more of a new adult book. Okay, got it! That
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fast-paced, scientific thriller that takes us into the near future at a time when antibiotic resistance has caused an apocalypse of sorts. We follow Rory and her father, who are living on a self-sufficient farm in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. An incurable disease has been taking over the world, and following her mother’s scientific research in this field, Rory has come to the attention of a task force looking to commercialize a cure. Two men arrive at the farm, seemingly out of the blue, ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Resistant is set in a not-so-distant future in which a large chunk of the world’s population has been decimated by disease, the spread of which was fueled by our long history of over-dependence on antibiotics, the dodgy business dealings of the pharmaceutical industry, and climate change. In the ensuing years, the remainder of the scientific community has been working on discovering a cure, to no avail. However, this effort is tainted...

Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Frightening and way too believable.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
The set up is intriguing, the world was described well and I liked Rory as a character. However lots of things just happen implausibly quickly whenever Rory is around. No other character really gets anything other than perfunctory dialogue, and so I struggled to feel like the world was real.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
The female character was kissing the stranger on page 32
I'm disappointed. Quit it
Jacqui Castle
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
So many apocalypse stories imagine futures that are too unlikely to grasp, but Sparks places her readers smack dab in the middle of a crisis that could certainly happen in the not too distant future if we aren't careful.

Sparks brings her expertise as a microbiologist to the table to explore a world in which antibiotic resistant bacteria is winning the battle over life and one woman holds the key to survival.

I would like to have seen a bit more character development and world building, but over
Anna Ray
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed every minute of this book and didn't want it to end. Highly recommended! It's smart, exciting, funny and really makes you think. This story would make a great movie. Love this writer and can't wait to see what's next ...more
Kristen Love
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Resistant is an action-packed, romantic, sci-fi thriller that takes you right to the cusp of what our world could look like with resulting climate effect and resistant bacterial infections. Rory, a young woman who lives with her father on a farm, has spent most of her life living in a world where resources are slim and most of the population has been decimated. She becomes the center of a cure of a resistant strain of bacteria as a result of her mother's work as a microbiologist. I felt each par ...more
Ashley Jones
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I was a bit hesitant to read it as I'm not normally into the science fiction/post apocalyptic genre, but this book proved to be more prophetic in nature. It gave a sobering look into the future of antibiotic resistance, while also being a blast to read (not an easy accomplishment in my opinion). I loved that it featured a strong female lead character, who was focused on pursuing her own destiny, and just happened to meet and fall in love with a man who isn't your ty ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An easy read that was hard to put down. I'm looking forward to reading more books from this author. ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
The central idea of this novel is quite amazing. What happens when antibiotics simply stop working, due to overuse, and a large proportion of humans die? Think about it, then read this book!
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! I listened to the audiobook and Rachael did a phenomenal job for both male and female voices! I especially liked Army's voice 👌 I will always think about this book when I see a click of geese 😏

This book would make a great movie!
Kyra K
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting Romance/Sci-fi novel set in a world where antibiotics no longer work, and scientists are desperately searching for a cure to the pandemic that follows.
Rory is a young scientist who lives on a rural farm with her father, after her mother (fairly recently) succumbed to the disease ravaging their world. She's clearly brilliant within her field of study, and an interesting main character who I found to be both 'real' and likeable - strong but doubtful of her own abilities, intelligent
Kate (kate_reads_)
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This book takes place in a dystopian future where most of society has been wiped out by viruses after they became resistant to antibiotics. We are mainly along for the ride with Rory - who lives with her dad on a self sustaining farm.

This book had some very intense scenes and the story kept me compelled to know what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the fast pace of the story. The science was very detailed - maybe a little too much for me but I wasn’t surprised to learn the author is also a s
Melinda Hart
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Couldn't put it down. Ms. Sparks depicts a scary world where antibiotics have stopped working and humans are realizing the extent of the damage they've wrought upon the environment. Despite the challenges they face, her characters are interesting, believable and the storyline is captivating. Perfect amount of romance, science, action and hope. I hope she's working on the sequel so we find out what happens with Rory! ...more
Deb Karash
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. It's science fiction but of a sort that feels like it could be prophetic rather than just fantasy. It's a bit of science, a little romance, and dash of adventure which is the perfect recipe for a good read. ...more
Geoff Clarke
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is conscious ecologically but unconscious with regards to gender. Both are actually a little annoying: the ecological stuff is a little heavy-handed, while the 50's gender roles are just tough to read. ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This was thankfully a quick read.
The story was over simplified and the characters seemed to except any thing that occurred making them feel under developed.
It could have been so much better.
Susan Moeslein
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific book! Loved the mix of science, intrigue and just enough romance to make me not want to put it down! Will be buying this as gifts for friends to enjoy as well!
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Did not finish 😞
Duane Gosser
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not a bad first book but plot had some pretty big holes in it.
Mal Warwick
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
There’s no end of doomsday scenarios that threaten the survival of the human race. These days, we talk about the climate crisis. Nuclear war sometimes, too. Pandemics. And of course there are many others: a super-volcano eruption, a meteorite strike, a massive solar flare, and many others. But now we’ve got something else to worry about: the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Which is the theme that Rachel Sparks adroitly takes up in her own doomsday thriller, Resistant.

Resistant opens in
I. B.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
rating: 3.5 stars

Resistant by Rachael Sparks is a post apocalyptic novel describing the events of antibiotics failing.

Let’s go ahead and talk about my favorite aspect of this book: the characters. This is going to sound weird but I am absolutely in love with the fact that the author diverged away from the basic mold of characters that most people use in survival novels like this. All the characters, Byron, Persy, Rory, Army, Navy... they all had unique and intriguing character arcs and are defin
Teralyn Mitchell
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
***I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publishers.***

Resistant was not something that I normally read but I do watch a lot of movies like this book. The synopsis was interesting and promising which is what made me agree to read this book and write the review but I have to say I was left wanting more. I feel like a lot of things were left unsaid or said in too much scientific jargon that I just did not understand all the time. Things weren't explained clearly in the beg
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Resistant is set in the future, in a world where antibiotics no longer work. Our main character, Rory, may just be the cure the world needs to overcome this crisis.

This was a fast read, filled with action, government conspiracies, and romance. It made me think what it would be like to live in a world where antibiotics were useless. It's definitely an interesting story line I've never read before. The writing style was unique, you got an idea of everyone's mindset in each chapter instead of only
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RACHAEL SPARKS was born in Waco, Texas. She graduated with a degree in microbiology from Texas A&M University.

After a career in Austin, Texas, as a transplant specialist, she joined a startup fighting healthcare-acquired infections. She recently relocated with her husband, young daughter, and mother to Asheville, North Carolina, where she finally put

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