Review * Breathe by Sarah Crossan

June 17, 2013 Reviews 7 ★★★★

Review * Breathe by Sarah CrossanBreathe by Sarah Crossan
Series: Breathe #1
Published by Greenwillow on October 2, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 373
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.

What I Thought…

  • Breathe was quite a pleasant surprise for me. I figured I would like it, but I flew right through it.
  • Breathe has three narrators: Bea, Quinn and Alina. While I’ve come to love dual narrated books, three narrators can be hard to keep strait, but Crossan doesn’t a nice job making their voices distinctive so it wasn’t a problem.
  • Bea, Quinn and Alina live in a dome because the world around them has been completely trashed and there are no more trees to provide oxygen. The government supplies the oxygen in the dome and people have to pay for their allotment oxygen. The dome is a caste system and of course, government controlled.
  • Outside and inside the dome there is the Resistance. They are the ones who are working against the government and hoping to show the citizens of the dome that the government lies and lies and lies so that they can control the people.
  • While I enjoyed what was going on in the dome at the beginning, what happened outside the dome was better. Inside the dome was exactly what you would expect, there were no surprises, there were plenty of surprises on the outside though.
  • Breathe is very plot driven, there isn’t a whole lot of character development happening, but the rate at which the plot happens you don’t really think about the characters until you’ve finished the book. Breathe was a pretty quick read and definitely hard to put down.
  • Maude was the only secondary character that had a lot of personality, the others were more of a shell, but have potential to become something greater in the next book.
  • While the three teenagers were on the outside, things were happening on the inside and things do get a little crazy. A thing happened that made me upset because it seems like this is a thing that needs to happen in dystopian books and it’s not a thing that has to happen in dystopian books. (Sorry that’s so cryptic, but it’s a spoiler).
  • The romance in Breathe is minimal, and I couldn’t tell which direction Crossan was heading for most of the book. It’s not a love triangle, more of a A likes B who likes C kind of deal for awhile, but she doesn’t draw it out or turn it into a love triangle, which I appreciated.
  • One thing that always gets me with these types of books is that the main character doesn’t believe that the government would ever do x bad thing that they are doing and then one thing happens and they jump on the bandwagon. You are living in a flipping dome and your only source of oxygen comes from the government and they make you pay for it… why would you trust them?


7 Responses to “Review * Breathe by Sarah Crossan”

  1. Jen

    I read Breathe last year and while I was initially hesitant to read it, I remember it being an exciting, easy-to-read book, although it was largely forgettable. I remember very little about it now, unfortunately. It tends to blend in with the myriad of other dystopian novels out there, although I did find the premise of commercializing and restricting something as essential as oxygen unique and interesting.
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  2. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I’ve had this one for a while but I haven’t gotten to it yet. But I think it’s one of the ones I said I’d read this year. It’s probably going to have to wait for a while though. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! I’ll be interested to find out what that thing was that happened that made you upset… Great review, Kim!
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  3. Kelly

    I can forgive the lack of character development when the plot is so engaging that you don’t even notice. I’m also super intrigued by the lack of romance! While I love a good love story, I don’t always know that it should be center stage in a dystopian.

  4. Courtney

    I finally got caught up on my blog reading! I think I caught all of your reviews but if I missed one let me know!
    I’m not big on dystopians because I get frustrated with the whole anti government story line, but I agree that it is equally frustrating when the characters blindly follow their government and don’t think it is capable of being as evil as it is.
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