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Series: Breathe #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 2nd, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Survival, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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?
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.