Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Posted March 1, 2013 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


Author: Sarah Crossan
Series: Breathe, Book One
Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers
Genre:Young Adult Dystopian
Format:Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Source: Mid-Columbia Libraries


The world has been completely destroyed. The only way of
survival is to live in the Pods, run by Breathe, a company that manufactures
oxygen rich air. Stepping outside without an air tank is suicide. Quinn, Bea,
and Alina somehow manage to find themselves on a trip outside the Pod together.
They have two days’ worth of air. What started out as a fun camping trip will
turn into the adventure of a lifetime. Truths will be revealed and worlds will
be shattered. Will they be able to make it back to the Pod? The bigger question
posed is, will they want to?

My Review: 
Sarah Crossan examines a very current issue in Breathe. Our society continues to tear
down trees and rain forests all over the world to build cities and houses. If
we are not careful, we may end up living like the characters in this book.
Trapped in a pod, forced to pay for oxygen, something that is a human right. I really
liked that this book was focused on a current issue. It really made me stop and
think about what I am doing to help save the environment. It was exciting, but
also quite terrifying to read about what our future could look like if we don’t
change the course that we are currently on.
This book has three main characters and switches between all
three of their perspectives. I love when authors do this because I love hearing
the different points of view that each character brings to the table. The three
main characters all have very different backgrounds as well. I think this
really opens the book up to wide audience. Readers will certainly be able to
connect with at least one of the characters.
The first character, Quinn, is a Premium, meaning he is a
privileged person in their society. He is of the highest social status. He is
rich and can basically do anything he wants. While other people aren’t allowed to
do things like exercise, because it uses too much oxygen, Quinn can just buy
more oxygen. However, he isn’t stuck-up like most Premiums. He is very generous
and down to earth. He kind of seems like a loner to me. He has one best friend,
Bea, and only a few other acquaintances. However, he is certainly not perfect. He
is very shallow in regards to women and flits from girl to girl just because
they are pretty.
The second character, Bea, is an auxiliary. Her family can
barely afford the oxygen they need to survive. She is trying desperately to
become a part of Breathe so she can change her family’s status to Premium. She
is best friends with Quinn, but wants more; only he is too shallow and dense to
see it. Bea is a very sweet, kind-hearted individual who wants to help others.
She wants to make a difference in the world and help her family at the same
The third character, Alina, is a member of the Resistance.
Breathe calls them terrorists. She is very strong-willed and independent. She
believes in and is passionate about her cause. She is beautiful and of course,
immediately catches the eye of Quinn. I felt like Alina’s character was not
developed as well as Bea and Quinn. I feel like I don’t really know much about
Alina at all. I wish that the author would have delved into her character a bit
more. I hope that in the next book we get to know her better.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The fact that the story is
focused on a current issue made it very relatable to the readers. Not only did
you get to enjoy a good story, you also get to think about a current issue and
what we need to do to resolve that issue. The second book, Resist, is expected to be released October 8, 2013. I can’t wait to
see where Sarah Crossan takes the next book, what the Resistance will do to
save the world, and the part that Quinn, Bea, and Alina will play. 

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