Review: ‘Breathe’ by Sarah Crossan

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Breathe’ by Sarah CrossanBreathe by Sarah Crossan
Series: Breathe #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 2nd, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Survival, Young Adult
Pages: 373
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
Inhale. Exhale.
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?

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Global warming has devastated the entire planet, and oxygen levels are at an all time low. The survivors have found a way to live in domed cities which are erected around the planet by the corporation Breathe. They control the oxygen consumption of everyone in the city. Lower class citizens must pay for their oxygen, while wealthier classes have an unlimited supply. Quinn, the handsome, wealthy Premium whose father works for the Breathe corporation. Bea, who is an auxiliary, and also Quinn’s best friend happens to be in love with him (Can we say love triangle?). Alina, the headstrong gorgeous girl who happens to be part of the Resistance. Can they all work together to save the dome and everyone who lives in it from further destruction?


Breathe is broken up into multiple viewpoints of the three characters Bea, Quinn and Alina. I always liked how authors do this just because you can see what the other character is thinking about the author. I especially enjoy reading about the viewpoint of the boy. Sometimes their viewpoints make me laugh. In this case, Quinn’s viewpoint made me roar with laughter. Some of his thoughts are quite hilarious. I didn’t care very much about Alina though. She was a tad snobby, and only cared about herself. Bea on the other hand is the sweetheart, and had a lot of sympathy for Maude.


There wasn’t a whole lot of character development through out the novel, so if you’re looking for fully developed characters in this novel, then it isn’t for you. Although, if you want a fast paced and exciting read, then Breathe is definitely what you’re looking for. I don’t think I will ever tire of dystopian themed novels, and Breathe was no exception. Survival, freedom, chaos, and rebellion all rolled into one. I loved the plot! The story kept me turning the pages, and I read this one in one sitting. I’m glad the romance wasn’t the focus (thank God!). I can’t wait to see what else Sarah Crossan has in store for us.


We’ve been walking for more than two hours, and I think I’ve spent one hour looking at Alina’s ass and another hour trying not to look at it.
I’m standing freezing and half naked and close to death, and all I can think about are Silas’s muscles.
I’m so hungry I could eat a fat teenager.
Some people are designed to break our hearts.





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  3. _Sandra_

    December 20, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    I really, really loved this book! Very original and intriguing plot and world created, great characters. I loved how the POV’s alternated between Bea, Quinn and Alina. All and all, super excited to read Resist. Great review!

  4. Cali W.

    April 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Great review! I read Breathe and I like the idea of using Oxygen because everyone needs it.

  5. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    March 31, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I want this so bad!!! I just need to make time for it. lol ;p But I love the idea behind this one and the plot and the characters all seem intriguing. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m so glad you enjoyed this! 😀

    Awesome review!

  6. Ashfa

    March 19, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Looks good, but still I’m not convinced. Lots of reviews I read say that this book wasn’t that great and fell flat. Maybe I’ll just borrow it.

  7. Rose. P

    January 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Great review!! I want to read this book so bad!! I’ve heard a lot of great things about it and it just makes me want to read it more! 😉

  8. Sarah O

    October 6, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    The first time I saw a picture of this book, the cover really drew me in. Reading the synopsis, I was still pretty interested. The only thing I was concerned about was whether the book would have the one gimmick (the oxygen) and then the rest would fall flat.
    I’m a little disappointed that you say there isn’t much character development, but if the plot is good enough then I’m in. I’ll check this one out.

  9. Jaime Lester

    October 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I am definitely starting to look forward to Breathe more and more and more. I keep hearing really good things about it. It sounds fantastic. I think I might just enjoy this one a good bit when I finally get my hands on it. Thanks for another great review!

  10. Grace Lo

    October 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Although the synopsis doesn’t exactly draw me in, the dystopia part of the story does. (Like you, I’m OBSESSED with it. c: ) It’s also quite interesting how the POV is changed between the three characters. I’d like to have this on my shelf soon so I can get to read it!

  11. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    October 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I NEED to read this one! It sounds so good and I’m also a fan of multiple PoVs. I agree, I don’t think I’ll be tiring of dystopia any time

    Thanks for the review!

  12. Freaky

    October 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Thanks for doing a review on it! I am differently looking forward to reading it! I am really interested now that I know that it isn’t told through one person. I love my dystopian!

  13. Inky

    October 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Oooh Yay! Great review! Heard some great things about this book! Can’t wait for my copy to come in the mail!!!
    <3 Inky@ Book Haven Extraordinaire

  14. Kar

    October 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I just can’t wait to read Breathe! I loved your review, your thoughts are like everything I had picture for this book, so I’m dying to put my hands on it.
    The theme is awesome, I mean god! Can you think of a world where you have to struggle to breathe like all the time? It’s pretty cool and fresh, I think, I’ve read a lot of dystopian themed books, but this seems different 🙂 The cover its pretty cool too, don’t you think?
    Well, this is a really good review, just makes wanna start the book. Thank you 🙂

  15. Sierra @ Yearning to Read

    October 2, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    I keep hearing amazing things about Breathe! I’m definitely on the lookout for it at my library…I want to understand its awesomeness! 😉


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