Friday, 12 October 2012

Review for Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 11th October 2012
Genre: YA, Dystopain, Science Fiction
Rating: 5/5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher for review

Goodreads Summary:
"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."

Breathe is a 2012 release that I’d been looking forward to for months so much so that I pushed aside a load of books I was meant to read first because I couldn’t wait to read it! Even though I had high expectations before starting this book Breathe by far passed those expectations so much so that I predict that Breathe will be the next big dystopian and up there with the best of its genre equal to books like The Hunger Games and Divergent, in my opinion, it deserves to be just as successful.

What initially attracted me to Breathe was the idea of a world without trees and therefore a world where society is totally dependent on the government to provide oxygen for them. As an asthmatic I know all too well how scary it is not to be able to breathe properly which is something that plenty of people take for granted and so the concept of a world that is suffocating seemed so terrifying to me. If the premise alone wasn’t intriguing enough there are plenty of exciting twists and turns along the way that make this book even more incredible.

I think what I enjoyed most about Breathe is that this future is highly plausible. There’s definitely a moral to the book of looking after our planet but it’s very subtle and never feels preachy. Sarah Crossan simply lays out a fictional glimpse into a future without the things we take for granted and believe will always be there and that alone is enough to get the message across.

Breathe is told in alternating chapters between three characters. Quinn a Premium boy whose father is high up in society and so he has never had to worry about not having enough oxygen and yet he’s different to other Premiums and doesn’t act like he’s better than anyone else in society. Then there is Bea, Quinn’s best friend, who is an Auxiliary. Her mother and father work hard to the point of illness just so that the three of them have enough air to get by. And then there’s Alina who’s part of a rebel group, and when she meets Quinn and Bea by chance, shows them that life inside and outside of the Pod is not all it seems. I loved having three very different voices narrating the story and it was so interesting to see what life is like for three different members of society.

Although I liked all three main characters my favourite hands down was Bea. Bea works really hard to help her parents and to hopefully one day become a Premium so she’s able to support them in their old age. Bea’s such a genuinely nice person and is really brave, selfless, and strong making her an inspirational heroine. She also happens to be hopelessly in love with Quinn although he’s never seen her as anything more than a friend. My heart really went out to Bea and I enjoyed reading her chapters the most.

Overall Breathe is a wonderfully imagined, highly developed dystopian. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and was so sad to reach the end. With a break-neck pace, conspiracy at every turn, and characters you can’t help but love Breathe is a dystopian that fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on!


  1. I totally agree with you, Jess, the future Breathe depicts is highly plausible, which makes it very frightening. So glad to see you enjoyed this. Jasprit did too, and now I'm thinking I should pick it up. Wonderful review. :)

    1. You really should Rachel it is a fantastic dystopian!

  2. *quietly pushes Breathe back up Mount TBR*
    Brilliant review Jess, I'm so glad I just bought this one!

    1. Yay! I'm so glad you bought it too! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Love this review Jess, I too had been highly anticipating this when I first heard about it and I'm glad that it did not disappoint. Bea quickly became a favourite character of mine too! I cannot wait to see what the next book has in store for us! :)

    1. Thanks Jasprit! Bea was such a great character and I too can't wait for the next book :)

  4. The idea of oxygen being something special is a bit scary :p The three POV's sound great. I always like to see the story through different eyes. I can't wait to read this one :) Great review.

    1. Yes! I love books told between different characters point of view too. I hope you enjoy it when you read it :)


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