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Suffocate (The Breathless series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S.R. Johannes
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Book Description

From the award-winning and best selling author of the "Nature of Grace" young adult thriller series (Untraceable/Uncontrollable)



PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A FREE NOVELETTE AT 15,000 WORDS.


Suffocate is the first novelette in the BREATHLESS teen thriller series.
Choke #2 is out!
Exhale #3 is coming Fall 2014.

"...mix Hugh Howey's Wool with Under the Never Sky and Across the Universe" for a great teen thriller.

Suffocate is the first in a series of novelettes. This 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopian fiction and science fiction genres.

For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Eria lives inside a structure where people have lived since D-day. Several generations have passed since then, and now, Eria's father has finally completed a Bio-suit that will allow them to return to the world outside. A world that its poison and heat.

Everyone is celebrating because he will be "the first man to step out of the artificial ecosystem in almost a century." But something goes wrong. Eria is not the least bit worried about her scientist father's public quest because he has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong.

When Ash, her father's geeky-chic science intern, becomes the main suspect, Eria is sure he's innocent. Eria and Ash dive into to clear his name, ignoring the sparks between them. In the midst of tragedy, Ash and Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air they breathe.

If those responsible find out what Ash and Eria know, those responsible won't stop hunting her until she takes her very last breath.

Part teen romance, part science fiction, and part dystopian, the Breathless novelette series will have you holding your breath to find out what happens next.

What Are Readers Saying?



"Intrigue, deception, romance, action, all mixed up to create a riveting story."
"If you mixed Partials , Under the Never Sky, and a smidgen of A Million Suns, this would be the ending result."
"The Breathless series has left me...breathless."
"The story has a pleasing completeness, like a single episode of a long-running TV series, which bodes well for further novelettes."
"SUFFOCATE is a great short story. Fast paced, interesting premise and a curve-ball that no one saw coming."
"Suffocate delivers an action-packed plot full of unexpected twists, an interesting and dangerous world, and a cast of characters that hold wonderful emotional resonance."
"A compelling six chapter novelette that will catch your attention from the very first page and leave you eagerly anticipating the next installment."



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About the Author

S.R. Johannes is the author of the award-winning Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and On The Bright Side (a tween paranormal). She won the "2012 IndieReader Discover Award" for Young Adult, was nominated for "2012 Georgia Author of the Year" in Young Adult, and is a SemiFinalist in "The Kindle Book Review" for Best Indie Book of 2012.

After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.She lives in Atlanta Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. You can find her hanging out online at srjohannes.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Coleman and Stott (January 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008450Q70
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,912 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not exactly sure what to say about Suffocate. Each time I've sat down to write my review, I become irritated because knowing that I have to wait . . . and wait for the sequel is killing me.

When Shelli (S. R. Johannes) emailed me and said she wrote a novelette, I was like cool. I never expected Suffocate to leave me on the edge, begging for more. In what is 15,000 words which is roughly 50 pages, Johannes, created a world, killed off a major character, added suspense, mystery and love and completely shocked me.

Suffocate is the story of Eria and her scientist father, Duke. For centuries, the world has been unlivable, forcing people to live in a Biome. Eria has never known what real grass feels like or ever touched a real tree. She's never felt the sun touch her face when it rises early in the morning. Eria lives in a bubble.

Ash, Duke's assistant, knows everything there is to know about Duke and Eria - so when things take a turn for the worse, Eria knows she can only trust one person - Ash!

When Duke, creates a suit that allows people to walk outside the Biome, everyone is excited. A suit like this would likely to cause problems, especially for the man who controls the oxygen distribution . . . dun dun dun. When Eria and Ash figure out the oxygen is killing people, the puzzle starts falling together rather quickly.

The only thing left for Eria is to leave the Biome, but how can she without a suit?

Suffocate is an absolute must!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A compelling six chapter novelette that will catch your attention from the very first page and leave you eagerly anticipating the next installment. Eria is nervously awaiting her dad's big moment, when he walks out of the only home she has ever known, the BioDome. The suit he has created can withstand any of the environmental problems of the outside world. When his big moment arrives, Eria is there, watching proudly. Then things in the dome go very wrong,very quickly, and her entire world is changed. What was her dad really involved with? What does his young assistant, Ash, know? I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel! Note: Very well written and edited. [YA Book Hoarder Blog]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, exciting sci-fi read! June 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If novels are like a television series or mini-series, a novelette is like a single episode. Suffocate didn't waste any time in getting to the heart of the story: a terrible accident, and Eria's frantic search to discover what went wrong, accompanied by her father's intern, Ash. As they search through the mysterious innards of the Biome for the truth, they are pursued by mysterious baddies, and lots of crazy sci-fi discoveries are made amidst nonstop action. There's even a brief moment of romance squeezed in. And then it winds up with a great twist ending that I kind of suspected (but not really).

This book was fun, fast and furious. I liked reading about the world of the Biome, and even though the book is short, the world-building was decent and the pacing was good. I never felt like I was being rushed or that the story was being crammed into a too-small space; this is just one of those stories that didn't need 100,000 words to tell it properly.

If you're looking for a quick, exciting sci-fi read to fill a couple hours by the pool or on a rainy day, I'd recommend picking this one up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novelette..Worth every penny May 25, 2012
By Crystal
Format:Kindle Edition
I first fell in love with S.R Johannes writing style after reading her book Untraceable. I was very excited to read her newest piece of work Suffocate. The book was very short, however the author managed to pack a lot of excitement into this short story. She quickly captured my interest with her description of the current condition of the world and the ecosphere where people now live. The main character Eria, is a unique character and by the end I felt like I had connected with her character, I knew I was going to want to know what happens with her and be excited to read the next novelette. I was so pleasantly surprised by how many twist and turns the author was able to fit into this story. She revealed enough to get the reader interested while leaving enough unknown to make the reader hungry to read the next part of the story. I did guess the reasoning behind the accident fairly quickly after starting the book having read the goodreads description however I did not feel like that took away from the book as I still wanted to see what Eria would do. The twist at the end is a big one that I would have never guessed. I cannot wait to read the next part of the story and I urge you to get a copy of Suffocate from amazon, you can read it within an hour or so and I promise you will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This little novelette certainly packs a mean punch. July 19, 2012
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Eria lives inside the Biome, a structure where people have lived since D-day. Several generations have passed since that day, and now Eria's father has finally completed a Bio-suit that will allow them to return to the world outside. A world that its poison and heat. Everyone is celebrating because he will be "the first man to step out of the artificial ecosystem in almost a century." But something goes wrong and in the blink of an eye, her dad to ashes. Literally. Before letting her grief drown her Eria sets out to uncover the truth about the accident, and what she uncovers is darker than she could've imagined.

This little novelette certainly packs a mean punch. Intrigue, deception, romance, action, all mixed up to create a riveting story. Eria was a surprisingly strong character. She's fun and loving with her family, has a cute crush on her dad's assistant, and when the tough gets going she steels herself and sets emotions aside to survive. Ash was very cute, and I was glad that he got a bigger part than just of romantic interest. He also shows to be very valiant and not afraid to fight back. The short glimpses we get of the other characters, were really well done. I found myself feeling bad for her Nana, and when her dad died I felt sad. Point is, that in just a few pages I was emotionally invested in this story, and that's something I know is really hard to accomplish when one is writing. So kudos to Johannes!

The ending left me scrambling and searching all over the place for when the sequel would come out. The Breathless series has left me, well...breathless. If I have any complains about this is that I would've love it to be a longer work. I can't wait until the next installment comes out. I'll be waiting for Choke (The Breathless 2)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars really good but...
This is really good but it's only about 6 chapters long. I'm glad I got this for free because if I'm buying a book, I want the whole book not just a few chapters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carmen
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathless!
This novelette is fast paced since the beginning. It goes from a big celebration, to a shocking revelation, and then, Eria's story ends in an O.M.G cliffhanger. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sincerely happily ever after books
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book was written really well. there are a lot of plot twists. it's science fiction and dystopian. I really want to read the second and third book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BookWorm
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book is amazing and well thought out you really have to pay attention to follow what the author was trying to get across.
Published 7 months ago by Michelleviolet
5.0 out of 5 stars sci fi thriller and mystery
Fascinating story about a girl that lives in a protected dome city. One day you learn that everyone and evething you ever known is not the truth! And when you do! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Very interesting. Can't wait for the next one. It got right to the point and kept you in suspense. What will happen??
Published 8 months ago by JoT23
5.0 out of 5 stars Too short
this is more like a short story with an ending that is excruciating because it really leaves you hanging. I wanted more more more. excellent writing and story telling.
Published 9 months ago by Suzanne Miner
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, fast-paced mystery
This story moves along well at the same time that readers are getting a handle on this world, that isn't what it seems. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sci fi Becky
1.0 out of 5 stars end comes pretty soon
As the plot comes together the book ends. Which, i suppose is fine since Its pretty obvious what the story is, so there isn't that much to make the reader even want more.
Published 9 months ago by C. Kubach
3.0 out of 5 stars Ends a bit too abruptly
This book definitely fit the term short story it appears that when things were starting to get "good" it ends. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AVIERA1
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More About the Author

S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling Nature of Grace thriller series (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable).

S.R. Johannes is a winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award in YA, an IPPY a Silver Medalist for YA Fiction, a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Young Adult Fiction, and a Finalist in US Book News Best YA Book.

Since leaving Corporate America, she has followed her passion for writing and conservation by working with The Dolphin Project, the Atlanta Zoo, other animal rescue organizations, and by weaving conservation themes into her books.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

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