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Publisher's Summary

"The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece. This is Gish Jen's moment. She has pitched a perfect game." (Ann Patchett)

The time: not so long from now. The place: AutoAmerica. The land: half under water. The Internet: one part artificial intelligence, one part surveillance technology, and oddly human - even funny. The people: Divided. The angel-fair "Netted" have jobs, and literally occupy the high ground. The "Surplus" live on swampland if they're lucky, on water if they're not.

The story: To a Surplus couple - he once a professor, she still a lawyer - is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm. At two, Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by 10, she can hit whatever target she likes. Her teens find her happily playing in an underground baseball league.

When AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, though - with a special eye on beating ChinRussia - Gwen attracts interest. Soon she finds herself playing ball with the Netted even as her mother challenges the very foundations of this divided society.

A moving and important story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value - as well as their very existence.

Extraordinary and ordinary, charming and electrifying, this is Gish Jen at her most irresistible.

©2020 Gish Jen (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“[A] shrewd and provocative near-future novel...[Jen’s] intelligence and control shine through in a chilling portrait of the casual acceptance of totalitarianism.” (Publishers Weekly)

“In this astutely realized and unnervingly possible depiction of a near-future world, Jen masterfully entwines shrewd mischief, knowing compassion, and profound social critique in a suspenseful tale encompassing baseball ardor, family love, newly insidious forms of racism and tyranny, and a wily and righteous resistance movement that declares ‘RIGHT MAKES RIGHT.’” (Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review) 

“Subtle dystopian fiction...beautifully crafted and slyly unsettling... The juxtaposition of America’s pastime and the AI-enabled surveillance state Jen presents here is brilliant.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

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Baseball Bonanza!

If you love constant baseball analogies and baseball lore, you'll really like this book, I do not. This story was generally set in the future, but beyond Aunt Nettie and a vague threat of being cast out, not enough "dystopian" to hold my interest. Meh.

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Fantastic. A modern classic.

Gish Jen gives us a “1984” for the 21st century, but with a small wink towards hope for the future.

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more of a teen book

I heard the author on PBS radio and enjoyed it, so I bought the book But though quasi enjoyable it really seems like more of a teenage targeted book and I wanted more.

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Looking for more like it!

This was a fantastic book. I wish I could find a few more like it. I rather enjoy hearing different takes on the future and what it might look like it. This books does that and adds in baseball to give it life and character. I'm not a fan of baseball but I enjoyed it in this book. Everytime I pass it in my library I wish for 5 more like it.

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Compelling read, had my attention.

I thought I might enjoy this dystopian novel after hearing an NPR interview with the author, Gish Jen, and I said that's for me. I am an Alexa enthusiast and we have 4 in our home. So it's interesting to see what can happen when IA is out of control. so don't be lazy, get up and move to the book store and buy. or ask Alexa to buy the audio book on Amazon 😁

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sussy baka

when the imposter is sus. the book is okay. I need more words but oh well.