Sunday 12 July 2015


Book review: Resistance is Futile by Jenny T. Colgan

My edition: Paperback (proof), published on 4 June 2015 by Orbit, 340 pages.

Description: Connie thinks she's never met anyone quite like Luke Beith before.

She has no idea how right she is.

As a high-ranking mathematician in a male-dominated field - with bright red hair - Connie's used to being considered a little unusual.

But she's nowhere near as peculiar as Luke, who is recruited to work alongside her on a top-secret code breaking project.

Just what is this bizarre sequence they're studying? It isn't a solution to the global energy crisis. It isn't a new wavelength to sell microwave ovens. The numbers are trying to tell them something . . . and it seems only Luke knows what.

The truth is out there. Will Connie dare to find it?


I absolutely adore Jenny Colgan's novels (such as Little Beach Street Bakery, Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, and Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop) and I love all things geeky, so it'd be a given I'd adore the heck out of this book, right? Unfortunately this wasn't entirely the case. Don't get me wrong, there was a lot there to love but I also found it a bit juvenile and slow-going at times and in the end I think I will stick to Jenny's delectable women's fiction reads.

The story focuses on Connie, an incredibly smart young woman who is offered a research position at a university which sounds like an amazing opportunity. Almost too good to be true, which she soon realises when she discovers that she'll actually be part of a team, rather than get the chance to work alone, and the the code they're hired to break may be even too alien for the cleverest people in the world...

Connie was a fantastic main character; interesting, smart and I loved uncovering the mysteries in the story through her eyes. She was a bit different to what I am used to reading from Jenny Colgan and it was very refreshing and made for an interesting journey. It was a shame then that Connie was soon defined by a romantic storyline, rather than letting her own personality and characteristics drive her growth throughout the novel.

I really, really wanted to love Resistance is Futile. It has an amazing writer and a great premise; combining some of my favourite things in one story. But unfortunately it just didn't resonate with me quite as much as I assumed it would. The aforementioned romantic storyline was the main source of this, as I didn't really enjoy the character that Connie grew close to, and in addition his storyline development wasn't hugely compelling to me.

Luckily that wasn't all there was to this novel though, Connie - as I said before - was fantastic, and so were the majority of her new colleagues. It was great to get a glimpse into their world, which is so different from my own even if they aren't. If there had been more of a focus on their relationship as a team and the mission they were hired for, I would've enjoyed this book more. As it is, it was certainly an enjoyable novel but not interesting enough for me to read it again.

(this is a bit of a short one, but I read the novel a while ago and hasn't gotten around to review it yet because of the house move)

You can purchase the novel from Waterstones, or your own preferred retailer.

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