Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review (11): Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Title: Breathe
Author: Sarah Crossan
Rating: 4/5
Overview: Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . . The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

Alina has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.

Quinn should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

Bea wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

I knew since I saw the cover of this book and read the synopsis that this was going to be on my must read list.  This alternate world where there are no tree and everyone has to pay for there air sounded so interesting to me.

Breathe has two main settings: the Pod and the Outlands.  The Pod is the "safe" place because it's where all the air is, but it's run by a deceiving Ministry.  After the Switch, there are no trees left on Earth, or are there?  Outside the Pod, there seems to be no chance for survival, no air, no nothing.  So, everyone has no choice but to live inside the Pod, they know no difference.

Bea, Quinn, and Alina are the main characters.  Bea is known as an auxillary, someone who is basically poor and don't have enough money to pay for their air.  Quinn is a Premium, the rich.  Premiums can do basically anything they want and have enough air.  They can exercise, make love, etc.  Alina is known as a RAT, someone who is in the Resistance and against the pod.  Alina knows a lot more than Bea and Quinn do.

Alina is such a high strung and fearless person that I fell in love with her immediately.  I just felt a connection with her.  Bea is so loving and caring that she seems like the perfect human-being.  And Quinn, I didn't really like him at first.  Like, he couldn't see this perfect Bea in front of his eyes and was so caught up in Alina that he almost ruined what he had with Bea.

Crossan does great creating this alternate universe and goes through so much detail laying out this whole world.  She gives great descriptions and places the reader right in the middle of the action.  I could almost see every aspect of this new world.

Breathe is a definite must read for people that are looking for an interesting dystopian novel and are ready to be sucked into a world that isn't real.

1 comment:

  1. Yay I just ordered this one so I shall be able to read it in about two weeks! Glad you enjoyed it.