Welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday, today I am reviewing the YA dystopian ‘Breathe’ By Sarah Crossan.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.
5 out of 5.
This book was amazing! One of the best YA dystopians I have read, it is up there with The Hunger Games and Divergent. Breathe is a stand out in it’s genre and would be enjoyed by both girls and boys, teens and adults alike.
Breathe is told from the alternating points of view of Alina, Bea and Quinn. Going into it, I thought that having three points of view would be confusing, but it helped give a well rounded story, and allowed us to delve deep into this world Crossan has created.
Quinn is a premium, he has all the air he wants. His family is high up in the government and he has his future mapped out for him. Bea is an Auxiliary, and Quinn’s best friend. She is smart and determined to use her brains to make her way to the top and save her family from the life of poverty they have always known, struggling to make money just so they can breathe. Alina is a member of the resistance living in the pod. When she is discovered, she must get outside the pod before she is captured.
Quinn and Bea are planning on taking a trip outside the pod, and Alina manages to convince Quinn to take her with them. Outside the pod, Bea and Quinn face some harsh truths and their lives are thrown into turmoil as they realise that everything they know is a lie.
The world building in this book is fantastic, so thorough. And scarily realistic. A future without air – how awful would that be?
All the characters felt real. They were strong and brave and human. Quinn and Bea teach Alina just as much as she teaches them.
There were moments when I was close to tears and moments when I laughed out loud. There was plenty of action, just enough romance, and lots of twist and turns that I didn’t see coming. Thrilling and compulsive, once I started reading I found I couldn’t drag myself away from it. This is a must read for lovers of YA dystopian books, I highly recommend it.
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