The Resisters

The Resisters Book Summary

An audacious marvel of a novel about baseball and a future America, from the always inventive and exciting author of The Love Wife and Who's Irish

The time: a not-so-distant future. The place: AutoAmerica. The land: half under water. The Internet—the new face of government—is "Aunt Nettie": a mix of artificial intelligence, surveillance technology, and pesky maxims. The people have been divided, and no one is happy. The angel-fair "Netted" still have jobs and literally occupy the high ground, while the mostly coppertoned "Surplus" live on swampland if they're lucky, on the water if they're not.
     The story: To a Surplus couple—he was a professor, she's still a lawyer—is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm. At two, Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by ten she can hit whatever target she likes with a baseball; her teens find her playing happily in an underground Surplus league. When AutoAmerica re-enters the Olympics—with a special eye on beating ChinRussia—Gwen attracts interest. Soon she's at Net U, falling in love with her coach and considering "crossing over," even as her mother is challenging the AutoAmerican Way with lawsuits that will prove very dangerous.
     An astonishing story of an America that seems only too possible, and of a family struggling to maintain its humanity in circumstances that threaten their every value—even their very existence.

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  • Sarah

    The Resisters takes place in a world where most jobs have been eliminated due to automation, the world is flooded thanks to climate change, and America is run by a deranged AI people refer to as Aunt ...

  • Julia

    Baseball isnt my thing, to watch, but I read a lot of novels and non-fiction where baseball and its players are featured: Empty seats by Wanda Adams Fischer, See No Color by Shannon Gibney, Evvie Drak...

  • Aristotle

    "Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying!""There's no crying in baseball!"The NY Times said this was a '1984' for our times.'Dont dare call this fantasy or science fiction. T...

  • Cia Mcalarney

    To say this book is amazing sells it short. The dystopian vision of the future here, is all too plausible -- centered on climate change, the rise of AI and class segregation. Yet the plot, centered on...

  • Wendy Cosin

    I read half of The Resisters before putting it down. It is the USA in the near future when everything you imagine could be bad about the Internet, AI, climate change and race/class divides is happenin...

  • Julian

    Its as if the author prepared to write this book by Googling a bunch of baseball jargon and then regurgitating every term they learned. Then they took a bunch of emerging technologies and tried to sho...

  • Fredrick Danysh

    Gwen is a girl that has an amazing pitching arm since birth. Set in a world controlled by artificial intelligence and climate, society is divided into the haves and have-nots. Many of those who have b...

  • Alan Teder

    Pitch meets 1984Review of the Knopf hardcover edition (Feb. 2020)The Resisters takes place in a post-climate change America where portions of the old continent are now underwater or partial boglands w...

  • Geonn Cannon

    2.5This book could have been so good. I was hoping for "A League of Their Own, but make it postapocalypse." I... sort of got it? This is a case of a book being told from the wrong POV. It should have ...

  • Myrna

    This novel is slow to start and has distracting invented terms but so glad I stuck with it. Swirling with suspense, action, and detailed baseball plays it touches many current trends. Unlike other dys...