Monday, 16 September 2013

Review - Breathe (Breathe, #1) by Sarah Crossan

Blurb 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.

My Review:

3.5/5 stars.

Breathe takes place in a world where the oxygen levels dropped so low, because there were no trees left, that a glass Pod was created. The lucky people chosen to live inside the Pod had their names drawn from the state lottery. The rest were left to suffocate.

The story takes place years after The Switch and has three main characters; Alina who is part of the resistance, Quinn who is a Premium with a father high up in the government and has never had to worry about how much oxygen he breathes, and Bea an Auxiliary whose parents work hard so that she has enough air.

I enjoyed this book but not as much as I thought I would. I liked the premise but would have liked to have been told more about The Switch and how the Pod was made. Bea was my favourite character and I liked that the book was told from Alina, Quinn and Bea's point of views. Overall this was an enjoyable book with some twists that I didn't see coming.