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Breathe Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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“This joins the ranks of Roth’s Divergent and Wells’ Partials as a provocative, character-driven, and action-packed dystopian series opener to watch out for.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Short cliff-hanger chapters alternate between the three teens’ points of view and build to an ending that will leave fans breathless for the next one.” (ALA Booklist)
“Sci-fi fans with an environmental bent will find this book particularly engaging.” (Horn Book Magazine)
Top Customer Reviews
There are three protagonists in BREATHE who each represent the three people groups in this world: Quinn the privleged Premium, Bea the poor Auxiliary, and Alina the member of the rebel group. These three end up together outside the dome on the run from just about everyone: Premium soldiers, crazy isolationists, Government officials. The characters all have distinct-and likeable-voices. I never felt impatient while reading one over another (something I usually do with multiple POV books).
As cool and creepy as this dystopian world was, the romance was rather anemic. The description (and cover) hinted at love triangle, but there really wasn't one-at least not for very long. When the couple does get together, it seemed to happen in a vacuum without any real reason or explanation. They literally had a run-to-each-other-and-start-kissing moment. Because the story is told in rotating point of view, I expected that at least one of them would explain why they decided they were in love, but it never happened. I even checked my ARC to make sure I wasn't missing a few chapters (as far as I could tell everything was there).Read more ›
The book switches between three first-person narratives: Bea, Quinn, and Alina. Quinn and Bea's narratives are so similar that sometimes it took me a page or two to figure out who was talking. I admittedly have a bad habit of ignoring chapter titles (which did explain who was the chapter's POV) while reading. Bea is a tree-hugger who wants to excel at her schooling so that she can get accepted into the Premiums and is no longer a second class citizen. Quinn is her best friend. Despite being part of the elite class, he feels smothered by his father's overbearing nature and high demands. Alina, meanwhile, is part of the Resistance who means to expose the dark side of those in power. By chance, the three of them meet up and despite the love triangle introduction, it is clear who will end up with who long before the book ends.
I really enjoyed the storyline and how gritty the book became at times. It was intriguing to see the lengths people will go to fight for what they believe in. I also liked how there are purely evil or good characters. Each one is unique and makes both good and bad decisions.Read more ›
We're introduced to this world via three teen point-of-views. Alina is a commoner who is also a member of the resistance, a group trying to take down Breathe as well as break the monopoly of the pod's on human existence, both by long-term re-oxygenation of the atmosphere and by short-term retraining of people to enable them to survive in the outside. She's embittered and wide awake to the realities of this world, though not utterly aware of how far the resistance will go. Quinn is the son of a higher-up Premium and is being groomed to take his own place among the elites. Bea is his commoner best friend. Both have so far blithely accepted all they've been taught of their society's workings, though that will soon change once their paths intersect with Alina's. As one might expect, the seemingly inevitable triangle forms: Bea wants to be with Quinn while Quinn, oblivious to Bea's desire, wants to be with Alina. Alina, meanwhile, just wants to be with the Resistance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good book. I'd recommend it. Not one of the best dystopian novels I've read, but still good. Worth my time for sure.Published 14 days ago by Moment
Great story of what our future cud be like. It would make a great recruitment tool to help people realize the need to take care of the environment.Published 1 month ago by tagcblog
I didn't love it as much as I expected to. I decent read but I wasn't dying to know what happens next like I was with Divergent or Under the Never Sky. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maresa
I almost gave this 3 stars, but decided it was better than other dystopians I've read. I would have enjoyed having a more extensive background of the dystopia given--what happened... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephanie Prichard
Quite an interesting concept, and hopefully it will not come to pass. Political overtones so true to form it is frightening.Published 7 months ago by Annette Radocaj
After reading One by Sarah Crossan I went to the library to find more books by this author. This is the one that was in and it is nowhere near what I had hoped for. One was great. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mel Woods
[Breathe] by [Sarah Crossan] was a dystopian novel where the government manipulated people to remain in power. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer