Break | By Clare Littlemore
Book Review | YA Dystopian Fiction
It’s been three months since Quin transferred to Patrol and discovered the terrifying truth about the community she lives in. Citizens of The Beck are disposable and those in charge are capable of terrible cruelty. Vowing to protect those around her, Quin has joined the Resistance. But she knows she is risking everything.
Rebellion of any kind must be secretive and clever. Gathering enough people to fight seems like an impossible task. When those closest to her are directly threatened, Quin knows she has to act. But time is running out. Governance will stop at nothing to protect the world it has worked to build. In the end, Quin must decide how far she is prepared to go to rescue the ones she loves.
Break is the second in the Flow series, which follows Quin as she struggles to carve out a future in the harsh regime she was born into.
Narrative and Plot
The second book in the Flow series was even more engaging than the first one. So far, from the first book itself, the high stakes keep you turning the page to find out more.
Quin is starting to learn more about the way of life in the Beck and evolve along with the reader. The plot was quite eventful, and the pacing was just adequate. The pieces were moving fast, but not so fast that you are left confused.
Characters and Conflicts
Usually, the second book in most series turns out to be fillers with characters facing the same conflicts and arcs as the previous ones. Here, however, Quin is evolving as a protagonist. In the first book, Flow, we see her coming to terms with the injustices of the Beck life and picking her side.
Here we go deeper as the line between good and evil keeps blurring. Borrowing Tyrion Lannister’s wise quote,” Sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing.” But how long can you endure and survive like that? Sometimes not doing anything against injustice is equivalent to actually being evil. The story explores these conflicts beautifully and in great detail.
The slow-burn romance full of angst and passion between Cameron and Quin is worth rooting for. Although, I don’t actually know how old Cam is. Quin on the other hand is seventeen. I kind of wish they revealed it somewhere. In case I missed it, correct me in the comments.
To conclude, in my previous review of Flow, I mentioned that I missed the “I volunteer as tribute” moment. Here that was served to me on a platter. Life for Quin won’t be the same again ever. And I am definitely going for the next book as soon as I finish this review.