When we last saw Anna, she had just witnessed mass murder, and was harboring the spirit of one of those murder victims, along with the consciousness of her new boyfriend’s comatose older brother (Daniel) in her mind. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, she was on the run from Cregg and the Delphi Project in a cramped RV with Deo (her foster brother), Aaron (her boyfriend), and Taylor (Aaron’s sister)…while also trying to hide the fact that she was somehow harboring Daniel in her mind. The Delphi Resistance picks up with Anna and the others still fleeing capture in their RV, while trying to make plans to save other children affected by their parents’ participation in the Delphi Project. In order to avoid spoilers, I will keep my review intentionally vague regarding any further details of the plot itself.
As is often the case with the second book in a trilogy, The Delphi Resistance is not quite as action packed and fast moving as the first book in the series, since it focuses more on character development and plot advancement. Although not as nail-bitingly suspenseful, it does serve the important purpose of setting readers up for what promises to be an explosive finale. As we head towards that finale, Resistance offers many more details of Anna’s back story, along with glimpses of the overall plan that Cregg may have, and leaves past events colored in shades of gray due to revelations of other minor characters’ motivations for involvement.
Most of the action in the book revolves around assembling the children with known paranormal abilities in one place, ostensibly for their protection, but perhaps for a more sinister purpose. I was left wondering if plans were being made to eliminate the children after they had served that purpose. At the same time, even as a resistance movement was building, Anna and those closest to her were starting to wonder if these efforts might be futile, because even if Cregg could be defeated, how could the children be safely integrated into society? The issue of the children, and the highly charged and divisive political climate in the book, very closely mirrors our own and the question of various marginalized groups being integrated into mainstream society, in the midst of wide-spread fears over those who are different.
Despite the comparative lack of action, fans of Rysa Walker, and those who enjoyed The Delphi Effect, will not be disappointed by Resistance. The character development endeared those I already loved to me even more, and ramped up my dislike of those I did not, making me very eager to see where this is all going. Just enough information was revealed to help me form a hypothesis for what I think is going to happen, and I am waiting with bated breath to find out if I’m right…Hopefully I won’t be left waiting too long!