Friday, September 14, 2012

Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Source: eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss for review
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Overview

Inhale. Exhale.
Breathe.
Breathe.
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?


My Thoughts

Wow! This book was great!! I really love dystopian books, so I was super excited for this one. I mean just the first paragraph of the synopsis had me totally intrigued. Okay, so the cover lured me in, but that's besides the point. What I really loved was that it is a multi-POV that switched between Alina, Quinn, and Bea, so you get the full impact of the story and what is going on. I loved the characters and was completely wrapped up in the story. I found myself holding my breath (pun totally not intended, but I will pretend it was) at times when I was worried about the characters. I was very invested in them and how things ended up for them. 

Alina and Bea are both from Zone 3 which is near the center of the pod. This is where the "poor" families live. Alina and Bea couldn't be more different from each other though. Alina is really tough. She is part of the resistance and she does missions to try to help the cause. She knows people on the outside in a place called The Grove, which is the headquarters for the resistance. She gets into some trouble and has to flee the pod to get away. Bea is a smart girl. Her family believes that she can get into the Breathe program and become one of the Premiums. Then she won't have to worry about oxygen anymore. She is also in love with Quinn. They have been best friends forever, but she is afraid he will never see her as more than a friend. I like that she is really strong though and doesn't let her feelings control her. 

Now Quinn is quite a complex character. He is a premium. His father is a senior director of the Breathe program. He never has to worry about having enough Oxygen. He is also not a snob like most of the premiums. He doesn't get along well with his parents and he is just a fixture in the home for the most part. His father obviously wants to do whatever he can to get Quinn in the Breathe program too, but Quinn wants to do things on his own. He doesn't want to have things handed to him. He is a really caring person too. He always does things for Bea, but makes her feel like he is doing things for himself. It's really sweet. He is a great friend, though maybe a bit oblivious. 

Imagine having to think about the breaths you take. Having to be careful not to consume too much oxygen. Knowing if you use too much you will be charged for over use and have to work yourself sick just to afford to breathe. This is a reality for most of the people in the pod. They can't even survive outside the pod without oxygen tanks. Now throw some good conspiracy in there, some twists and surprises, some very interesting characters, and a little bit of heartbreak. Oh yes, that makes for one heck of a great story!

This story pulled me right in. I was so intrigued by the premise, the writing was fantastic, and the emotions I felt were chilling. I was actually thinking about my breathing while reading this book. I loved being able to get into each of the MC's heads. It really made the story so much more powerful and emotional to me. I truly connected to all of them on some level. The pacing was great and the information we get is wonderful. I would have loved to know a little bit more of the how things got that way, but we get enough. I also had a few other lingering questions, but I am hoping that those are answered in the next book. I seriously can't even do justice to this because I can't really say much about the book. This really was great though and I am dying to know what will happen next!! 5 out of 5 stars

19 comments:

  1. I know some people don't like multiple POVs but I LOVE THEM. The more I get to know a character, the better! I'm super excited for this book, thanks for your review Amy!



    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    1. I'm a big fan of multi-POV's. I feel like I get so much more of the story.

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  2. Normally when I hear multiple POV I instantly cringe but I love how it helps to enhance this story. Sometimes you really need to experience a story by multiple narrations in order to fully grasp and understand what's going on. Awesome review! You've got me intrigued by the plot and completely swooning over Quinn.

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    1. I don't tend to like multiple POV's in 3rd person, but in 1st person I love it!! I feel like I get to know the characters so much better.

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    2. I agree. There is quite a difference between 1st and 3rd person POV.

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    3. I just like being in the characters head so when we get to be in a few of their heads I think it enhances it.

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  3. Eeeep! This is the second glowing review I have read of this today! I have been getting really into books that have the split POV lately, it's a really great tool if done right. Great review chick, I can't wait to read this one now.

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    1. This was a really fantastic book. I loved being able to really get into each characters head. It really made me feel the story more.

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  4. Well!! I'm glad you enjoyed this one :) I had some issues with it, it was just too generic and poorly written for me LOL!!! I'll admit, I'll totally read the next one. Maybe. Actually I've already kind of forgotten what this one was about.... :) ANYWAYS! Great review AS ALWAYS!

    Anna
    Literary Exploration

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    1. Yeah, I have seen some mixed reviews on this one. I was really in the mood for a good dytopian so I think that helped. I liked the concept of it too. I think the next one will be better. Just guessing at that by the way this one ended lol!!

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  5. Breathe does sound great. It reminds me a lot of Under the Never Sky. Does it you? (if you've read it) I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Great review!

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    1. OMG I totally suck and haven't read Under the Never Sky yet. I do have it though and I am going to read it as soon as I have time to. Thanks babe!!

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  6. I can't wait to read this one! It's been a while since I've read a great dystopian. It sounds like this could revive the genre for me. :)

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  7. This one does sound good. And if it's anything like Under the Never Sky then I'm for sure gonna read it.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  8. Great review! Wow you've definitely convinced me now to read this book. I was hesistant about it even though the whole concept sounds really good. I can't even imagine having to think about breathing. Definitely excited now to read this!

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  9. Awesome review I'm glad you loved this Amy! :) I totally agree the POV switches were totally essential to the book and the idea was so amazing! I can just imagining this happening in real life it seems so inevitable right? Anyways, I just totally agree with your review! :)

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  10. Wow, 5 stars! You make this book sound fantastic, and I cannot WAIT to read it. Great review, Amy. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  11. Thanks for the review and for linking it up! So many great books out lately!

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  12. I'm so glad you liked this! I can't wait to get myhands on a copy and I'm even more excited now!

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