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Better but still The Hunger Games!! I feel like I'm reading that series again in a parallel universe. The similarities are strong,however.. This is developing into a good story, it's an entertaining read and the characters are strong. Abi is a force and her passion is addictive. Next book, let's go rescue Peter....oh no sorry wrong character. I meant Gray!!!!!
Dystopian YA read it said, but at 42 I loved this series. I read all three book in a week. After finishing each book id instantly purchase the next. I loved the main character Abby and her simplistic yet hard working lifestyle. The twists in her love life. Her friendship with Kyan was so sweet. She fought to have basic freedom from a society that considered themselves 'greater' than her society. Highly recommend. Looking forward to reading more of author Casey L. Bond's books.
I enjoyed reading the last 2 Harvest saga novel. It’s a dystopian novel that explores the existing social & political structures that is still existing in society. The rich and the poor, good vs. evil and man’s thirst for power & position. How I always loved a brave and bad ass heroine. Abby may not kick butts in the story but she is a fierce fighter and very compassionate girl. She has to endure pain both emotionally and physically and yet she remained resilient. The author was able to describe the characters without going into further detail but their actions and movement speak for themselves. How I love Kyan. I was really rooting for him but I guess they were not meant to be and I just wish in the 3rd book he will find his true love. I felt sad for Crew that it has to end that way but he was manipulated and used by his Father. I felt Abby’s pain when he was sentenced. As for Gray the Olympian guard who stood with her and loved her through tough times. I can’t wait to read the 3rd book. I hope all gets their HEA.
While there's no glaring grammatical errors, there are an abundance of plot holes and just odd plot decisions. I don't want to give away anything, so I can't be explicit, but to be vague about it - everyone just assumes that Abby has to be involved in saving, well, everyone, but it's not like she has any particular reason to do it. It's not like she's survived the hunger games and is deadly with a bow and arrow...yet, she still gets sent on all these "missions" and there's no real plot specific reason for her to do it, other than to have her be in all the action. There's also too many povs in this one, and things jump around without making sense. For example, one minute a character is remembering something and then they're in the present, and they've moved on to do something else, but you don't realize it for a few minutes. Just confusing transitions, and confusing plot lines all around. A good editor could clean it up and smooth out the roughness, while tightening up the plot. With the exception of Abby, who is quickly running into Mary Sue territory, all the other characters are flat and lack any dynamic elements. Some of them are bad and then do a 180 to the good for little reason. There's black and white, but little gray, and the gray is what makes good fiction.
I ran out and bought Resist the *day* it went on sale. I loved Reap, and couldn't wait to continue the story of Abby, Crew, and Kyan. Casey is quickly becoming a go-to author when I'm in the mood for a great story. Enough of my rambling! I'm sure you're eager to hear about the story.
From a Reader's Perspective: Let me tell you, there were some major shockers in this book. They had me putting my hand to my mouth and gasping for air. This is an edge-of-your-seat read for sure. Many times, I find the middle book in a series lacking punch. They kind of go tra-la-la to move the plot along, and there's nothing interesting on the pages. Resist isn't one of those books. It'll keep you biting your nails, cringing, and tearing up over and over again. Pacing is spot on, and I wanted more when I hit the last page. As in Reap (book one), the world building is awesome. I love that there are more than one Greater factions in control of the Lessers. It made the twisty plot even more of a page turner. Warning! There is a cliffhanger. It's a big one. So, if you don't like that sort of thing, wait for the last book to come out before you start reading. If you don't mind, pick up these books ASAP.
From an Editor's Perspective: So many errors in the writing. Mostly punctuation and pronoun confusions, but there were a few oops moments that should've been caught. Example: Even though it was only a rouse, she would be hurt. This should read: Even though it was only a ruse, she would be hurt. Sadly, what would've been a 5 star book, is dropped to 4 because of the errors. I had to turn my inner editor off.
Rating: 1 Star for keeping me on the edge of my seat 1 Star for awesome twists I was blindsided by 1 Star for world building 1 Star for pacing and wonderful conflict -1 Star for editing
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. A fantastic read that'll keep you gripping your chair despite the writing errors. Recommended if you can look past writing errors and really get into a story.
So FIRST OFF WARNING: This is a SECOND in a saga please be aware of this information as there will not be spoilers for this book, BUT there are spoilers from the first!!! <– can’t be helped sorry
Casey Bond you kept me up for all hours of the night…again!
Song Choice: “All of Me” by Angus & Julia Stone, “The Girl” by City and Colour, “I would be Sad” by The Avett Brothers
First thoughts: If you liked the first one (even a little) you will love this, or maybe i am bias because I am in love with this series. I don’t know, but let me tell you this book – nay! this author – is like a potato chip, you can’t just have one! I dare you to try! I was amazed, and thrilled to see where this series took us. I was surprised, shocked, flabbergasted! It was truly amazing. I bow down to you Casey Bond for doing the unusual and the shocking! Absolutely amazing.
Thoughts on Plot: So wowizers! This moved fast, with a pace that could not be stopped. This book was I suppose in page wise was a little “short” of course again i might be bias because I was not pleased with that ending, but the story was HUGE. I forgo-ed eating for this book. Seriously. I was filled up on this amazing read I didn’t even care. So we left Abby in Orchard once again with Gray (swoon) <– uncontrollable reaction to mentioning him unfortunately, things have changed in Orchard. The work is harder, the guards are more prominent, and dangerous. But one this is very clear, the Lessers are no longer willing to accept them status, and why should they? They are Greater than the Greaters we all know it. I loved the rebellion in this book. I love the stand that Abby decides to take. I was shocked by the new twist and HUGE HUGE HUGE developments in this book. If you think oh its the second in a saga not much will happen, you are so wrong. There was so much in this book and trust me you will never guess what is going to happen. I honestly didn’t!! The romance: Okay I am not big on love-triangles, I am not. It always ends up with someone hurting and usually its the person i want the girl to end up with. This was dealt with very well in this book. Thank you Casey Bond!!! And that is all I am going to say on that ^_^
I gave the casting in my last review :)
Abby: She has changed a little in this book (when i say a little I mean alot) while she is dealing with her heart breaking for so many reasons, she also is finding love in unusual places. She is dealt a very strange, and intense hand in this book. I think she handles it beautifully. She never pussy-foots around things, and she stands up for what she believes in. I loved her in the first book and I loved her even more in this book. Seriously
Crew: I was not happy. Not happy at all. I understand what was happening I do. But while he stole my heart in book one, but at the end of book one with all the s*** he pulled he started to break my heart then and he just confirmed my heart break of him in this one.
Gray (swoons): hehehe well I had an odd obsession with him when he first arrived on the scene and thank god! I loved this man! He was funny, but it was also so very wise, and so loving, and so DAMN SEXY!!! seriously….*.* yum-mie!!!
Kyan: Good best friend. I truly hope that everything works out for him. And I don’t want to go into details about him in this book because…spoilers ;)
We meet new characters as well but I can’t talk about them because again spoilers, but I can say I don’t trust any of them. :| nope nope nope ;)
The ending: So Casey Bond, you better be handing over the next book ASAPIE!!!
Resist picks up right where Reap left off, but with enough details to kickstart my memory about past events. Abby returns home, but she's forever changed from her time in Olympus. Then, she realizes her home is in even more danger. Can she do what's necessary to save those she cares about?
Abby is such a compelling character. Even in her moments of strength, we see her soft side. She's confused, thanks to a lot of information being thrown at her, but determined to do the right thing. Even her heart is conflicted. She loves, in some capacity, three guys--Crew, Kyan, and Gray--and each of them has a hand in her fate. I love that she's honest about her feelings, although sometimes this means hurting someone she cares about.
Before starting book two, I was leaning toward Team Kyan, but I was greatly torn. In Resist, I was solidly Team Gray, but I cared for Crew and Kyan and each broke my heart in some capacity. Abby goes through so much in this novel, and I can't wait to see how she comes through it in book three. So far, she has grown with each new challenge. Plus, a key character comes back into Abby's life, but whether it's a good or bad thing remains to be seen.
There were two major events in this novel that brought tears to my eyes. You know you are invested in a story when that happens. If this review seems vague, it's because I don't want to give anything away--I don't want to spoil the exhilarating ride for anyone.
From page one, I was invested in this story and the characters. Book three can't get here soon enough.
Note: While there were a few editing errors, it wasn't enough to pull me away from the excellent story.
Oh Casey Bond! You have done it yet again! I fell for Crew in Reap, but he tore my heart out in Resist! Resist picks up exactly where Reap stops. The Greaters are still on their power trip, and Abby is paying the price for not being a complete lesser.
In Resist we see Abby and the others begin to show their greatness, and we also see Ky lose it! I mean he can’t and won’t get over Abby not loving him. We do however, get a glimpse into what each of their future will hold.
Now with that being said, Gray, who is a Greater guard is now by Abby’s side. I know what your thinking… what! Yeah, that was me too, but as the pages unfold you see why Gray is so important. His roll in Resist is one of true loyalty.
When Resist comes to a close, we see Abby at a new level. She is ready to take down whoever is behind this mess. My final comment is one that I messaged the FABULOUS Casey Bond herself… Gray better NOT disappoint me!!!!! Now get Resist today, but if you haven’t read Reap what are you waiting on?
Rich/poor, strong/weak, bigger/smaller, greater/lesser it doesn't matter because there's always something. Even in the groups identified there are tiers. I am richer than you, stronger than you, bigger than you, greater than you. Our world is like this today