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'Mad Max for the eco-generation' - Love Reading 4 Kids
'The all-action plot and the hinted-at romantic triangle will keep the reader's interest to the end' - Irish Examiner

When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate.

Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die.

Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from?

A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 33mm | 314g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781408827192
  • 55,384

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Wow, wow, wow!! Breathe is absolutely amazing . . . This book starts with a bang and refuses to let you go. 5 out of 5 stars
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Wow, wow, wow!! Breathe is absolutely amazing . . . This book starts with a bang and refuses to let you go. 5 out of 5 stars * * This book raises several pertinent issues, but it is the adventure that drives Breathe * We Love This Book * A pacy plot and characters who develop emotionally as the book progresses. * Daily Mail * The all-action plot and the hinted-at romantic triangle will keep the reader's interest to the end * Irish Examiner * Breathe is for all fans of future catastrophe and anyone interested in preserving the Earth's precious natural resources * The Bookbag * Mad Max for the eco-generation it's a superalative dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart * Love Reading 4 Kids *
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About Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University and has been working to promote creative writing in schools since. She teaches English at a small private school near New York. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.
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17,506 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 25% (4,329)
4 34% (6,027)
3 29% (5,059)
2 9% (1,570)
1 3% (521)

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(Source: I received a copy of this book as a gift.) In an oxygen starved world, where people live in a pod pumped full of artificial oxygen, 16-year-old Alina is a member of the resistance, and wants to help grow new trees, and take the people's freedom back from the hands of the government. 16-year-old Quinn is a Premium, and gets as much oxygen as he wants, he never considered that the government, and even his father might be lying to him about the way they ended up in the situation they are in with regards to oxygen. 16-year-old Bea is an auxiliary, and her parents work constantly just to pay for the oxygen tax to keep them alive. Bea's mother wants nothing more than for Bea to marry Quinn so that she doesn't have to worry about oxygen any more. What is really going on though? Are the government lying and why? Is the resistance the answer? And can people survive outside of the pod? I really wanted to love this book, but the plot holes just became ridiculous. Alina, Quinn, and Bea were all okay characters, but I found the shifting perspectives a little annoying, and having finished the book I can't say that I really grew to love any of them. The beginning of this book was pretty good, but as it went on I just had more and more questions, and so many things were just silly. I initially thought that the ideas in this book were good - although I couldn't quite believe that anyone would be stupid enough to remove ALL the trees from the Earth. I mean really? We have known for long enough that we need trees for oxygen that this future should not be possible, which makes the overall storyline here a little questionable. Anyway, we then learn about life in the dome or �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬~pod', and how people are taxed for the amount of oxygen they use. All very well and good, but what is to stop people from just being out of the house? The climate in the pod was controlled, why wouldn't people just stay out of the house all day to decrease their oxygen consumption? At several points it is mentioned that people �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬~train' in alleys, and even have sex in alleys where the oxygen consumption is not an issue, so why isn't everybody out there enjoying the free air? And if it is known that people do this in the alleys, why are the alleys not policed more? As the book moved on we also got more silliness. How stupid do you have to be to burn your dead when there is an oxygen shortage? How stupid do you have to be to steal an enemy vehicle, and drive it straight to the door of the resistance? Is it not obvious that the army will track said stolen vehicle and find the whole enclave? How silly is it to worry about the size of your manhood when you are trying to not get killed? How stupid do you have to be to walk through deep snow, and then claim to have been walking in the opposite direction when you bump into someone? Is it not obvious which way you have come by the tracks you left in the snow? And doesn't smoking around oxygen tanks run the risk of them exploding? Other than these annoying things, the story was alright, and there were things that I didn't see coming. I thought the idea of the world being oxygen-deprived to be an interesting one, and I hated how trapped by your need for oxygen you would feel in this sort of situation. I didn't really appreciate the love triangle though, and a lot of the decisions made seemed a little short-sighted and na�???�???�???�??�?�¯ve, which was disappointing. I was also a little disappointed by the ending. So much was left unresolved, and this is not the kind of story where you can choose whether to read the second book or not, this ended with a bit of a cliff-hanger �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬~everybody is still in danger' sort of situation. Overall; a great idea, but poorly executed. 6.75 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Breathe was a pleasant read, with slightly predictable plot twists and realistic characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the concept of the novel however it could have been executed better. I will be reading, and looking forward to the more
by Samadhi
Thursday, October 11, 2012{REVIEW and GIVEAWAY} BREATHE (BREATHE #1) by SARAH CROSSAN Series: Breathe #1 Publisher: Greenwillow Publication Date: Oct 2, 2012 Format: ARC Pages: 400 Source: Received from publisher for review. Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . . The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air. Alina has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful. Quinn should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her. Bea wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl. And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to? "I will die because I knew there had to be a better way to live." (ARC, pg. 197) Why I Chose to Read Breathe ~ I was approached by the publisher to help with a promotion. This also included an ARC for review. I thought the story sounded cool, kind of like Under the Never Sky, so decided to give Breathe a try. In a future destroyed by a need to sustain the world's growing population, air is not a right, it's a precious commodity. With too many people and not enough oxygen, in true form, a big corporation, Breathe, stepped in a provided what the people needed. But it comes with a price. If you're wealthy or a family of importance, your money can buy all the air you need, allowing you to perform such extravagant activities as running, playing, dancing. But if you are poor, and can only afford the bare minimum, you are policed so that you do not overuse your share of oxygen. You may not run fast, play instruments, or go wild and actually make out with your companion. Most citizens, believing their government and this corporation want the best for them. But there are those who believe that their leaders and Breathe are playing a game of control. Keep the people down. Make the people think they need you. When two teens from the Pod meet a member of the Resistance, they learn exactly what is going on, and will discover what it means to truly be free. For me, Breathe was very similar, in message, to The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. You have a world with no vegetation to produce oxygen, and a company that is profiting from the situation. What I love about dystopian stories like Breathe, is when the premise makes sense because the author has given a very clear and scientific reason. I get irritated with stories that rely on a weak or vague explanation as to how their specific situation came to be. In Breathe, we have a dire future that is realistic and could very well come to pass eventually. Breathe had three equally great leads. Alina is a member of the Resistance. She was tough, but a bit unlikeable in the beginning. She's a girl who has lost a lot and has become an emotionally distant, ruthless person. She doesn't want tag-alongs on her journey, but finds herself becoming close to and caring for Quinn and Bea. Quinn and Bea are out to have a short adventure outside the Pod. Though they both live there, their lives are dramatically different. Quinn is a Premium, lives an easy, happy life and takes the oxygen he uses for granted. Bea also lives in the Pod, but is an Auxillary. As an Auxillary, she is not considered Quinn's equivalent. Her family exists on the minimum oxygen required, lead slow, quiet lives and are regulated to the extreme. The revelations these three discover about themselves and the world they thought existed was heartbreaking and exhilarating. In addition to the three MCs, we have a straggler, Maude Blue. Maude was truly the surprise of Breathe. I didn't think it was possible, but she became a true gem in this story. Breathe captured me from the very first line. I was horrified at the inhumanity, indignant at the injustice, and my heart was alternately broken and flying at each turn. If you enjoy truly realistic and plausible dystopian with a sci-fi/post-apocalyptic edge, I encourage you to give Breathe a more
by Andrea Thompson
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