Hi All! It’s Becky. I was excited when I finally got the audio book of Resistance by Jennifer A. Smith through OverDrive. I was a huge fan of Nielsen’s Ascendance Trilogy so I was thrilled that Nielsen had another book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Nielsen’s book and I have to admit I was a little disappointed by this historical fiction.
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Chaya Lindner finds her life in perilous danger in the fall of 1942. Chaya is a Polish born Jew whose family has already witness the worse of humankind when the Nazis invaded her homeland. Chaya’s family sends her to the country hoping for her safety however Chaya’s new life is not safe. She joins a group of Jewish Resistance Fighters that allow her to fight back against the people who are threatening her country, her people, and her life.
Review: I liked this book, I really did but I didn’t love it the way I thought I would. The story is interesting and one that I haven’t seen before. Nielsen tells the story of the Jewish Resistance through one girl’s experience. The story feels real because it is based in real history. The depiction of the ghettos and the horrific experiences of those sentenced to live there are well done and something that younger readers need to learn about. The story feels more like a non-fiction book than of a narrative historical fiction which is great in a classroom but also my problem with this book. The story is told through Chaya’s narrative however I never felt like I knew Chaya or that she showed any kind of emotions which made the story feel disappointedly sterile and without a personal connection with the characters. The story technically well done and feels like something that will make its way onto the curriculum yet it left me wanting me.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
What another opinion? Read Sarah’s review here.