A thrilling debut in the style of Crichton or A.G. Riddle, Resistant imagines a chilling—and entirely plausible—future where antibiotics don't work, and weaves adventure, romance, and science into a thrilling chase for a cure.
In the final battle with drug-resistant bacteria, one woman's blood holds a secret weapon.
Rory and her father have survived the antibiotic crisis that has killed millions, including Rory’s mother—but ingenuity and perseverance aren’t their only advantages. When a stoic and scarred young military veteran enters their quiet life, Rory is drawn to him against her better judgment . . . until he exposes the secrets her mother and father kept from her, including the fact that her own blood may hold the cure the world needs, and she is the target of groups fighting to reach it first.
When the government comes after Rory, aiming to use her for a cure it can sell to the highest bidder, she’s forced to flee with her father and their new protector. But can she find the new path of human evolution before the government finds her?
In this smart and alarmingly relevant debut, Rory Stevigson and her family must outwit their corrupt government in order to halt a bacterial apocalypse. In the near future, the world has been ravaged by an unstoppable disease spurred by climate change, antibiotics overuse, and unethical health care systems. Rory and her father, Byron, live off the grid in Woods Hole, Mass., using their background as scientists to help their neighbors whenever they can. Unbeknownst to them, however, Rory has attracted the attention of the U.S. task force dedicated to finding and privatizing the cure. A stranger calling himself Navy appears and helps Rory and Byron escape to resistance headquarters in Nova Scotia. Together, Rory and Navy race to save the world, and fall in love along the way. Rory is a smart, competent heroine who takes no nonsense from the men around her while maintaining empathy and emotional vulnerability. Sparks uses Rory's characterization to lamp-shade some of the sexist tropes of postapocalyptic stories while keeping her believably human. This is a chilling examination of a possible future, filled with lovable characters, excellent pacing, and sharp sociopolitical criticism.