A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
Kindles are a pain in the ass. You buy e-books (I buy a LOT of books) and they download swiftly and efficiently onto your reading device…and then they vanish. Tiny files buried under the weight of each other, lost on page twenty or thirty or fifty five. Not like a pile of actual books where you can see the spine and the cover and they remind you to read them by falling over regularly. Thankfully I was reminded of Resistance is Futile on Twitter by Cath, but I do think Kindles should come up with some sort of klaxon or flashing light or revolving shuffle mode to avoid this sort of thing.
Described as Bridget Jones meets Independence Day, Resistance is Futile is a sci-fi rom com. Oh how desperate I was to read this, so desperate in fact that I pre-ordered…and then Kindle swallowed it. Anyone who knows me will know that I have an unhealthy addiction to Fringe. I have watched all five series so often that I am now too embarrassed to admit the number. I feel bereft every time I reach the finale of series five and I have to start again. So absolutely everything about Resistance is Futile was like a gift to me.
Genius mathematician and striking redhead Connie MacAdair starts a post-doc fellowship at Cambridge. It’s her dream job, a job she’s worked incredibly hard for all her life. But when she gets there she discovers the job isn’t at all what she expected. She’s stuck in a sparse bunker with a number of other mathematicians, each more quirky and strange than the other and is given reams of numbers to decipher. None of them know what these numbers are or why they’ve to work on them, only that they have been sent from deep space. But on the morning that Connie at last comes up with a solution, the body of their boss is found strangely liquefied.
Definitely the most glorious aspect of Resistance is Futile are the cast of characters, each so unique and completely wonderful in their own way. Everyone will have their favourite. Evelyn, who is snappy and no-nonsense and who deals with stress by cooking. American uber-geek Arnold who is hilarious, swift with his one liners. Se, who Connie had previously had a dalliance with…and everyone knows about it. My favourite Ranjit, who is so exuberantly excited about everything that all his thoughts come out his mouth. And then there’s Luke. The first time Connie spots Luke Beith he’s pushing a piano across a field in the rain. He’s also a completely gorgeous, utterly peculiar and Connie is immediately smitten.
The science and maths in Resistance is Futile is done with a light and comprehensible touch. I failed Higher Maths twice and am therefore the most likely person to be completely flummoxed by anything more than the ten times table. I really loved the exchanges in the bunker as the team tried to work out exactly what this deep space signal meant and letting their insecurities show as each tried to work out who was the cleverest. (It’s quite fitting that as I post this, todays Google Doodle is George Boole’s 200th birthday!)
Connie is a superb main character, she’s a determined and single minded woman, but also she’s had to fight her way to the top in a very male orientated world and that brings its own set of baggage. She is a good girl and always behaves herself, works hard and I loved the quote that she’d, ‘always coloured inside the lines’. However, when faced with the pivotal moment in the novel, the moment she has to decide to break every rule and do something dangerous and perhaps deadly she never hesitates. There’s a task that needs doing and she follows her head…and her heart.
There are some brilliant messages buried in the back of this novel. You won’t feel beaten over the head with an agenda but it definitely covers environmental issues and standing up and doing the right thing no matter what the personal cost. And it is wonderful to discover that rights activists exist in every corner of the Universe.
It’s safe to say that I absolutely loved Resistance is Futile. So many lines, paragraphs, scenes had me nodding and smiling. Many made me laugh out loud and some made me cry. The measure of the best of books as far as I’m concerned. Load it up onto your Kindle and read it immediately. Do not lose this one.