Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Summary: Alina, Quinn, and Bea live in the Dome, a protected area in which oxygen is regulated based on social class. Outside the Dome is an airless wasteland where nothing ever grows—at least, that’s what the government tells its people. When Quinn and Bea embark on a two-day camping trip outside the Dome, Alina—a member of the rebellion—hijacks their vacation and leads them on a dangerous mission.
My thoughts: Breathe is unique in concept—I’ll give Crossan points for that. She stretches ‘dystopia’ to a whole new length. I can’t even fathom having to pay for air in order to stay alive!
So, the concept is cool. But aside from that, Breathe can easily be lumped in with all the other dystopia out there. The writing is simplistic and clipped; the pace is fast, with short chapters to keep readers turning pages; the focus is more on plot than on characters. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: readers who love dystopia will love Breathe. But people looking for something that breaks the mold will only find half of their expectations met.
The romance is similarly mild, although luckily it’s not instantaneous. It has the potential to be one of those slow-burning beauties because of the friendship involved, but unfortunately one of the participants realizes his feelings in a rather abrupt way, triggered by outside influences rather than his own realizations.
This review is a short one because I have so little to say about Breathe! I enjoyed it, sure, but I didn’t think it was anything extraordinary, and as such, I’ll give it an average rating.
An inventive dystopian concept
+ an otherwise average style
= Breathe, a mild dystopian that fails to impress except in concept.
For those who like: dystopian, chase scenes, evil governments
Find the author at sarahcrossan.com.
Comment question: How would you survive in a world where you had to pay to be able to breathe?