Resistance is Futile by Jenny Colgan

Resistance is futile is a light fun read about a bunch of nerdy mathematicians who come together quite by accident to solve a strange sequence of numbers and try to put a name to what it’s all about.

At the start of the story we’re introduced to Connie, an expert mathematician and something of a rarity in that field who is embarking on a new job at a senior University.  Naively she thinks she’s found a job where she can make a difference and maybe make a name for herself.  Upon arrival however things aren’t exactly as they seem.  The building in which she will work is basic beyond belief, earning it the title of ‘the bunker’ and it appears that a whole host of top notch mathematicians have been pulled together – is this an interview and not really a job offer – if so Connie needs to start panicking about now as she’s rather pinned all her hopes on this new job.

As it turns out all these maths bods have been brought together in order to work on a super secret project involving a string of numbers that appear to be completely random – but are they really as random as they seem?  After being coerced into signing the Official Secret Statements the group are thrown together in rather close confines to solve this puzzle.  Unfortunately, just as things seem to be taking a turn for the better a rather disturbing murder takes place.  And that’s when all the fun and games really begin.

This was a fun read, in fact (in spite of the murder), my most recent Top Ten Tuesday was beach reads and I would say Resistance is Futile definitely falls into that category.  Light, easy to read, amusing and with a romantic theme running through the story.  Probably a little bit more romance that I had expected but in it’s favour a fairly unique romance to say the least.

The group of characters are a quirky bunch to read.  All of them super intelligent in the field of maths but with varying degrees of awkwardness when put in a social situation.  We have Connie who is, comparatively speaking fairly normal as things go, Evelyn is the other female of the group, her little foible is to make sense out of things by perfect baking and cooking.  The men of the group are made up of an American called Arthur – who I really liked, Se – who Connie had a rather embarrassing encounter with that everyone knows about and refuses to forget, and Ranjit who is so out there that it’s unreal.  Then we have Luke, oddly detached, cute, scruffy and bespectacled.  That’s the group.

The setting is modern day although during the story we do end up taking to the seas in a quite flamboyant fashion.

I don’t really want to give a great deal of the story away as that would just ruin things.  It’s not an overly complicated plot but if you fancy your sci fi all mixed up with a bit of light hearted fun and an unusual romance this could be just what you’re looking for.  I found the romance a little rushed but then given the timescales in the book there wasn’t really the opportunity for a prolongued courtship.  The writing flows easy and the author has managed to insert a few reminders of how we should treat not only each other but the planet – not in an overly preachy way.

I also must hand it to the author for not giving me the ending I expected.

Anyway, I’m going to leave it at that before I drop any clangers.  Although this was more of a romance than I expected it was a fun read and only light on the sci fi in case that isn’t really your thing.

I received a copy of Resistance is Futile courtesy of the publishers through Netgalley for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

12 Responses to “Resistance is Futile by Jenny Colgan”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I admit, I’m so un-“math-minded” that even just the mere mention of numbers in the plot stresses me out 😛 At first I thought this was just general fiction but then I glimpsed “aliens” in your tag – nice tease! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I confess – there’s no real maths in the book at all – just mathematicians working on a problem that the reader doesn’t ever see! I’m terrible at maths so I’d have been in a world of hurt. It was a bit more like general fiction but yeah, aliens!
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    This sounds like something a bit different. I must admit though I saw the title and just thought of the Borg from Star Trek 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s a very gentle and easy read. Probably a bit more romance than I would normally go for – which is why it’s perfect for a beach read I think 😀

  3. jenclair

    Although mathematically stunted myself, I love the idea of those who love numbers. This one sounds like fun!

    • lynnsbooks

      It is fun, very light and easy going and with a romance if you’re in the mood for it.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    I have to agree with Mogsy: math plots give me the wiggins! But this is the kind of beach read my BFF would love – she’s a huuuuge numbers geek. 😉 I’ll have to suggest this one to her.

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, there is virtually no maths in this at all – in fact there’s none. But, there is a group of mathematicians involved in a little mystery and coming together in spite of all their social difficulties! Your friend may still like it though. I think it would definitely make a light and fun easy read for a holiday.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’m one of the mathematically-impaired, so the premise would have seemed off-putting, but your review convinced me this might exactly be what I need between “heavier” books, something fun and light-hearted that also holds some surprises.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s definitely fun and light – a bit of gentle tongue in cheek fun poked at the geeky, socially awkward mathematicians but ultimately showing how they come together in a tight spot.
      Lynn 😀

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