Take a deep breath. Right now. Go on. I’ll wait.
In. And out.
Doesn’t that feel nice?
We don’t really pay attention to our breathing much on a regular basis: we do it all the time, and tend to take it for granted. That notion is completely flipped around in Breathe by Sarah Crossan, a dystopian thriller about a world in which oxygen is a precious commodity — and only the rich can take luxurious deep breaths. Where the poor must learn to live on less air. Where life outside of a carefully controlled pod means death by suffocation.
Its in this environment in which Bea, Alina, and Quinn set out and learn the truth about their world, the government that gives them air, and the resistance that wants to fight back.
Breathe certainly bears plenty of the traits you’d expect to find in a dystopian novel: oppressive government regime, a rebellion, and environmental catastrophe. Crossan delivers a well-researched, scientifically-based version of our future — a cautionary tale that entertains and is delightfully more focused on telling a good story than reminding readers to recycle.
Breathe entertains throughout, with plenty of action and, yes, romance to deliver you through to the very end. Though established as a series, this first book does a nice job of concluding in such a way that the reader is satisfied — but ready for more at the same time. Sure, I want to know what happens next — but I’d be fine if this were the only book in this series every published.
Breathe is in stores now. Here is the official synopsis:
The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.
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.
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.
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?