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- Print Length: 169 pages
- Publisher: Punk & Sissy Publications (January 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S8J4XWQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I Will Breathe is the post apocalyptic story of Liberty, a young girl who is born eighthundred years after a great war which has decimated the planet. She israised by an adoptive father from whom she learns the cut-throat business oftrading. But after her father's death she is alone in the world to fendfor herself. She carries on with the only life she has ever known, livingin the steam-powered air balloon which she inherited. Trained from an early ageto be wary of others, she travels the continent in solitude. In timethough, her life becomes full when she meets a robot, named Boy, who speaks andthinks like a human.
This book starts out a bit slowly but escalatesinto a captivating story that will keep readers engrossed clear through to itswinning finish.
Well developed characters help readers to connectwith Liberty and her growing entourage. This book is highly recommended.
LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards * TopHonors Youth Book Awards * Seal of Approval clcawards.org
A review from Readers' Favorite by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
In I Will Breathe, Regina Puckett has written a story that reveals a futuristic look at life on a planet ravaged by war. As the main character, Liberty, struggles to survive and continue with the trading life that she learned from her adopted father, the possibility of a civilized human race once again existing evolves. The entire story makes you really think about 'what if?'. And it makes the reader hopeful that all will not be lost in the future. An interesting read.
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Number in Series: first of three; books two and three are available. An additonal three short stories are available.
Proofreading: excellent; only the frequently confused prone and supine stand out
Editing: excellent; good sharp characters and descriptions
Strong language: yes--situational cursing
Sexual scenes or situations: no
Age suggestion: 13 and up
Liberty sails her father's airship on a semi-regular trading route; picking up items to trade with her next stop and continuing until she wanders back to the trading post that stocks parts for repairs.
At that stop she's offered a good price for a part she needs to repair the steam engine that powers her airship if she'll take with her a small robot named Boy. She's been very happy sailing by herself, but finally agrees to take Boy. As the story continues she picks up more unwanted passengers until she's created herself a family.
This is closer to a novella than a full sized book, and makes for a short read. While the editing is very good, in some sections more emphasis is placed on dialogue than on the surroundings, giving a bit of an uneven feel.
Liberty doesn't know it, but she's been lonely after her father died. The introduction of Boy, a sophisticated robot is the first crack in her armour. At first he drives her crazy, him running around and asking endless questions--like a human boy does--but within short order she decides Boy is her younger brother. To find that Boy is lonely, too, gives the reader more to with empathize with this odd duo.
Liberty starts out as a confident, no nonsense woman. We don't know what happened 600 years ago, just that it wiped out nearly the entire human civilization. Among what few enclaves survive is a wary , distrustful population that doesn't want to be very close to each other, but also doesn't want to be far apart in case of attack. Liberty fits well into this mindset.
Disappointingly, as soon as a man shows up she starts to lose some of her fierce independence, asking the man what she should do, when it's clear she would have solved the problem in time. For the rest of the story it's clear she has lost the authority she had and the men don't always follow her rules.
There are some plot points left dangling, but it's possible they will be resolved in the following books.
This is a good, solid story; a vignette of a long and varied life of the main character.
All that aside, I almost always read before I go to sleep and while I enjoy a wide variety of genres, including the pulse-pounding variety, there's nothing better than one of Ms. Puckett's after a stressful day when all you want to do is slip into a fantasy world prior to drifting off. (Clearly this might not apply to those she's done in the horror genre which may not be so appropriate at that time.) So far the characters I've encountered are endearing and even though her stories tend to be relatively short, the people and plot are well-developed. There's outstanding imagery and just enough detail to make the story come to life. Truly she's a master storyteller, and I'm not an easy reader to please. It's no surprise she's won so many awards.
This particular steampunk tale as well as those in that genre I've read by other authors reminds me of hitting Earth's reset button and taking us back to a simpler time with only mysterious remnants remaining of high technology. It's a post-apocalyptic world where the few survivors are gradually rebuilding society. In this one, the main character, Liberty, travels extensively in her airship to different locales where she gathers goods to trade in other locations.
On the philosophical side, this is an interesting reminder that most merchandise and commodities (especially food) used to originate relatively close to home as opposed to coming from just about anywhere on the globe. In simpler times there was more accountability, similar to buying produce in a farmers' market, as opposed to some of the questionable products from places like China found in modern grocery stores which I wouldn't feed to a stray dog. Indeed, a few years back, products from that country were killing our dogs and cats, yet we persist in allowing these questionable consummables into our country. As one of her characters savored an apple I pondered the importance of everyday products we take for granted that could disappear given some sort of global disaster. Maybe it's just me, but I found plenty to think about in this relatively simple story, giving it considerably more thought-provoking depth than you might expect.
The process of rebuilding society, one person at a time, is typically explored in this genre. Human nature being what it is, individuals would react differently to global disaster. The opportunity to take advantage of and exploit others is always there for those who are selfish while those who are more highly evolved would be concerned with the human species as a whole. Under such circumstances, society will rebuild sooner or later and most likely be entirely foreign to what we know. It's nice to think that mankind would learn his lesson and try to get along with his fellow species better than we see today, but there are no guarantees. There's such a mix in Liberty's world and she's suspicious of everyone, which helps her survive. As you would expect, she has a rather jaded view of love as well which begins to change when she's given a small robot named Boy. Before she knows it she's developing a warm relationship with this wise and philosophical little being from which the tale's title derives. Soon after that another trader like herself comes along as well and Liberty learns more about friendship and trust.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and definitely look forward to reading the next one in the series which promises to provide more information about Liberty's background. If you're looking for a mildly suspenseful tale saturated with charm and character to say nothing of a few philosophical considerations, I highly recommend this one.
Top international reviews
I Will Breathe is an unusual steampunk story as it is set in the future. Granted, a post-apocalyptic future which has reverted to a Victorian steam-punk technology, but the future never the less. Don’t be put off however, as this actually works and makes some sense. The story itself follows a young loner air ship pilot who trades between a number of isolated settlements in a dark and dangerous future, never allowing herself to trust or become close to others. Of course this doesn’t last as one by one her journey brings her into contact with people and of course her past… I’ll say no more.
The story was great with authentic characterisation and a plot that had plenty of action. I would recommend this for any SF or Steam-Punk fan. Looking forward to the squeal.
"I Will Breathe" is a spell-binding, post apocalyptic, steam-punk adventure that I struggled to put down. Great characters and a realistic feel to a world limping in the shadow of a long since ended war, a world filled with peril yet also tinged with a faint glimpse of hope.
Puckett’s descriptive detail paints a vivid picture of the world she has created, and the characters in it. I especially liked the airship, and Boy, the child robot that Liberty is guilted into adopting is a delight. If you are new to steampunk, "I will Breathe" is a wonderful introduction.