Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Seth's review of Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Breathe . . .
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?
So here I am on a Sunday, after going through a caffeine binge, and I picked up Breathe. It appealed to me because it’s one of those sci-fi books where sometime in the past there has been a big catastrophe and the remaining human population is divided up into two groups. In this case, Breathe and The Resistance.
Apparently sometime within the last eighty years or so, the world population got so large that they decided to cut down all of the trees to make room for everybody and feed them. The geniuses in charge were of the mindset that the oceans would sustain all the oxygen that was needed for earth. Surprise, the runoff from all the crops killed the oceans. So what happens when that happened? Well, states held lotteries for people to live inside of self-contained oxygen rich areas called Pods.
So time passes by and we start the story off inside of a tree museum. Yep, a museum for trees. The story is mostly evenly divided up between the three main characters Quinn, Bea, and Alina. There’s a semi typical three way romance triangle going on for a bit until the male lead makes his choice. The story progresses nice and smooth without a lot of dead spots. In fact, if I hadn’t been interrupted by my friends this book would have been done in one sitting. I liked the character development, I liked the plot device of the low oxygen, and I even got thrown on a minor loop on one occasion. I like not being able to predict a book one hundred percent of the time.
Seth gives Breathe: 3.5/5.
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Neither I nor Seth were compensated for this review.