ARC Book Review: Resistance by Mikhaelya Kopievsky

resistance-arcTitle: Resistance
Author: Mikhaelya Kopievsky
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 
20th January 2017
Publisher: KYRIJA
ISBN 13: 9780995421820
Pages: 340
Started: 11th January 2017
Completed:  13th January 2017
Summary: The Announcer calls my name, but she does not speak to me. This macabre spectacle has nothing to do with me. And everything to do with them. This is all for the thousands below – the compliant citizens of Otpor, the witnesses to my Execution, the silent and transfixed. This is their moment. Their reconditioning.

In a future post-apocalyptic Paris, a rebellion threatens to upset the city’s perfectly-structured balance and plunge its citizens into anarchy. Two generations after the Execution of Kane 148 and Otpor’s return to Orthodoxy, forbidden murals are appearing on crumbling concrete walls – calling citizens to action. Calling for Resistance. The murals will change the utopian lives of all citizens. But, for Anaiya 234, they will change who she is. A Peacekeeper of the uncompromising Fire Element, Anaiya free-runs through city’s precincts to enforce the Orthodoxy without hesitation or mercy. Her selection for a high-risk mission gives Otpor the chance it needs to eliminate the Heterodoxy and Anaiya the opportunity she craves to erase a shameful past. But the mission demands an impossible sacrifice – her identity.

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Mikhaelya Kopievsky, and the publisher, KYRIJA, for this opportunity.

Resistance is Mikhaelya Kopievsky’s debut novel and it’s also the first book in her Divided Elements series. The cover art for this book is fantastic. I’m in love with it. It’s intricate and colourful and just really eye-catching.

For more info about the author and the book visit the publisher’s website or the author’s twitter account.

Resistance is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel which is set in Paris. This book explores the idea of post-humanity where people are conditioned to act a certain way and believe certain things based on their ‘alignment’.

When I first started reading this book I thought it would be a bit like Avatar: The Last Airbender with the human population being split into four different elements: Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. I was completely wrong. Each Elemental alignment influences how each human behaves, their career choices, and even what they drink on a night out but they cannot wield the element they’re aligned with. I’ve also read reviews where the book is compared to the Divergent series but I haven’t read that series so I can’t comment.

The story explores the realignment of a Fire Elemental called Anaiya (known as Ani) for a mission. Ani is a Peacekeeper, a group of people who act almost like our police force, and she’s given a special mission to stop the Resistance. Ani is turned into an Air Elemental and she is able to infiltrate the group that are the driving force behind the Resistance. However, not everything is as it seems and there’s a rather large twist in the plot that I didn’t see coming. The plot is exciting and different and I enjoyed it.

There’s a little bit of a romance between Ani and one of the Air Elementals known as Seth but it adds to the plot because it makes Ani think about who she is. She’s torn between her former life and her new life, even if that new life is fake. It also distracts her from her mission a bit but that’s also due to her realignment as an Air Elemental which supposedly makes her more emotional. I’d like to see this romance developed in further books but the way the relationship is portrayed is perfect for this first novel.

I like Kopievsky’s writing style. It’s fast paced and entertaining. The beginning is slightly confusing because you’re thrown into a world with no explanation but you learn more about the world you’re in throughout the book. I enjoyed the little nods to the setting of post-apocalyptic Paris with bits of the French language being employed to reinforce this idea.

I really enjoyed reading this debut novel by Mikhaelya Kopievsky. I thorough enjoyed the plot and the romance aspects weren’t off-putting at all. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction novels.

I’m really looking forward to reading more of Mikhaelya Kopievsky’s writing in the future because Resistance is a great opening book.


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