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?
In this whirlwind adventure, Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan boldly goes where no author has gone before . . . (Goodreads)
The thing that really drew me to this book was the striking cover and the little bit on the cover that said ”A Novel of Love, Friendship and The total obliteration of Mankind”. Little did I know that this brightly coloured cover hid a tale that at times took a really, REALLY dark turn.
Resistance if Futile started off in a very comical way, watching as the best and brightest mathematicians try to crack a strange signal that has been received from the deep, dark recesses of space. Just as they are on the cusp of a break-through, one of the senior people on the campus is murdered. It was at this point there was a considerable shift in the tone of the book. It became very much of “a who done it” and a why.
I was so engrossed on who was the murder, I was completely oblivious to what was going on underneath. Colgan had so cleverly weaved the mystery of the signal and what it meant beneath the story, that when the pieces all fell into place, I was completely taken back. Her big reveal explained so much and I found myself going “Ahhhh! How did I miss it? The clues were all there!”
Once more, Colgan took a sharp turn with her story and the book shifted gears into a book about Connie, one of the main characters in the book, and the mysterious Luke going on the run. It turned into a race against time before the alien race that sent the message would destroy the earth if their demands are not met. Not only are Connie and Luke are on a time limit, they are also trying to avoid the authorities.
As I said at the beginning of my review, the book has its very dark moments and I found myself getting rather uncomfortable with what was going on. It makes you think how far do you think the authorities should go in order to protect the many? Even the character who is behind this, questions his actions and you could see that this sits very heavily on him. Yet, Connie’s colleagues don’t leave him much choice because they are hiding Connie and Luke’s plan. I did get the feeling that they didn’t think that things would go that far and would probably only know of such interrogation techniques from the media.
This complex plot would not be able to be pulled off so successfully if you didn’t have characters that you become emotionally invested in. This is easy to do because Colgan has written the characters so well, especially with some of her supporting characters in the book.
Connie was easy to root for. She wants to complete the task to the best of her ability and she makes the best of a bad situation due to the fact that she thought the fellowship that she had been hired for was only for her. She hides her disappointment and gets on with the job at hand, intent on trying to get along with her new colleagues. She does end up bonding with the others and they become a close knit group.
After finishing the book, there were two supporting characters that really stuck with me more than the others were Se, who was working on the project with Connie and the others, and Nigel who is investigating the murder of their boss.
At first I didn’t really like Se because he came across as the jealous ex of Connie. It seemed as though he disliked Luke because he was interested in Connie. However, when the pressure is on and it looks like the authorities are going to put the screws on the group, you see a new side to him. What he goes through is really horrible and makes uncomfortable reading, but by the end of the book I had a new found respect for him. It doesn’t mean that I was rooting for him to be with Connie, but I did like him much more.
As for Nigel, I could see the strain that being put in this position was causing him. I was sympathetic towards him and felt sorry for him because he had to keep telling himself that what he was doing was for the greater good.
What really surprised me was the lack of feeling I had towards Luke. I think that this was partly due to who he was, but I’m not sure why else. When hearing Luke’s backstory, I understood why he did what he did, but felt that he had selfish reasons and was almost arrogant in his attitude. He wasn’t my pick for a hero.
The ending of the book was inevitable but none the less it brought a tear to my eye. Colgan should be commended because she could have quite easily went for a real “Happy Ever After,” but then it would have betrayed the natural progression of the plot.
Reading Resistance is Futile made me think what if someone had decided to put the TV show Mork and Mindy, Romeo and Juliet and The Bourne Identity into a blender and sprinkled it with a smidgen of Independence day (without the aliens wanting to conquer the earth, just blow it to smithereens). It was such a refreshing and different read, where its not only the cover that makes it stand out from the crowd.
Colgan has created a fictitious tale that also tackles some really tough topics such as if torturing someone for information is ok in order to get information and what is terrorism and what is standing up for your rights? She writes in such a way, you don’t know that it is happening until after you have finished the book.
I really do recommend picking up this quirky, brilliant book and I must admit that when I read one of Colgan’s contemporary romances, I won’t be able to stop thinking about this book