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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Very Chilling!!

This was an advance reader copy of the book and I was so glad I had the chance to read over this book. Its set in the future in a very dystopian society that is having to live in large pods after Earth's inhabitants killed off first the oceans, then the trees and the o...
This was an advance reader copy of the book and I was so glad I had the chance to read over this book. Its set in the future in a very dystopian society that is having to live in large pods after Earth's inhabitants killed off first the oceans, then the trees and the oxygen levels plumeted so much that you cant exist outside the pods without air tanks. But three teenagers, Quinn; a Premium and part of the ruling class of people in the pod, Alina; part of the resistance group trying to show that life outside the pod is possible, and Bea; an auxiliary or second class citizen, who secretly is in love with Quinn, are all thrown together in a wild series of events that leave you stunned.
The locations are all unknown in the book, but the destruction and the desolation are mind blowing. Ms. Crossan left things blurry just enough that if you read this, you can almost make the pod locations anywhere you want them to be. But in doing so you also can imagine the way your area would look in this very different world. I found it chilling in its real possibilities. The chances of this being reality is so far from the truth, but after reading this book and the explanations given, you can see how it just might happen.
I have to say that this is a wonderful new series and I cant wait to see what happens next. If you like science fiction with a little romance and action, this will be a great book for you!!

posted by DanceBree17 on August 29, 2012

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A little disappointing but has potential

The premise of Breathe, that population has gotten so out of control that we cut down all trees to use the land for farming to feed all those people, is an interesting one but essentially unworkable. Yes, there’s no doubt that we could be far more conservative of our na...
The premise of Breathe, that population has gotten so out of control that we cut down all trees to use the land for farming to feed all those people, is an interesting one but essentially unworkable. Yes, there’s no doubt that we could be far more conservative of our natural resources but it really doesn’t make much sense that this scenario could come to pass with no indication that the worldwide scientific and health communities tried to find other ways to feed people. Also, why is it that a corporation that distributes air through scuba tanks is in total control when such tanks have been in use in today’s world for many years and come from many sources? And what on earth is “The Switch” that the author refers to so frequently? If the outer Zones of the pod contain people who are seemingly worthless to the authorities, why do they prevent them from leaving?

Clearly, much more worldbuilding information is needed but perhaps we’ll get it in the next book. In the meantime, let’s look at the characters. Bea, Alina and Quinn, along with Quinn’s father and Cain Knavery, the Pod Minister, are fairly well fleshed out—at this stage, I think Alina is my favorite because she’s by far the most interesting—but I felt very little connection to any of the secondary characters and, in truth, they don’t seem to be very important for the story. Perhaps the second book will make them more relevant and engaging.

There are ominous hints that the dreaded Love Triangle will occur but, in fact, it doesn’t really. There’s no Insta-Love either, thank heavens, since Quinn is oblivious for a long time to the feelings of one of the girls. I appreciate the author’s restraint in these relationship matters and the way she allows the boyfriend-girlfriend thing to develop without dwelling too much on all the teen angst so often prevalent in YA fiction. When you get right down to it, friendship takes precedence over weak romance and that’s quite all right with me.

The author does have a way with words and, despite what I felt were shortfalls, she managed to keep me reading. I liked the multiple points of view narration (although I really don’t like the present tense that the majority of YA authors insist on using) and there’s no question the premise, with all its flaws, is different and has a lot of potential. I hope Ms. Crossan will step up the pace and energize her characters in the second book because I will definitely be reading it.

posted by BuriedUnderBooks on October 4, 2012

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    Breathe isn't the best or worst dystopian I've ever read. The co

    Breathe isn't the best or worst dystopian I've ever read. The concept is interesting, and the plot is intriguing, but the characters are god awful. I also really did not like the ending. I realize this is going to be a series, but I felt very defeated after that ending. I was like, "wow, I just wasted how long reading this book for THAT ending?" Anyway, that being said, hardcore dystopian fans are sure to love this. As previously stated, the plot is enjoyable and the world-building is fantastic. 

    I'm not going to spend much time on the characters because it will just be a rant. None of the characters were very complex or interesting. None of them were well-developed. They had spontaneous growth spurts, and since it was first person POV with the three narrators listed above, feelings were told more than they were shown. Also, none of the characters were actually likable. Alina was rude and harsh, Quinn was ridiculously useless and flaky, and Bea whined constantly. Not my favorite cast.

    The plot kept me reading, though, and I did enjoy it until the end. Even though I didn't like the characters, I still felt a sense of urgency with the plot. I also wanted to know what was going on with Abel, but I don't feel that was really tied up for me. No one's fate was sealed, and no questions were really answered. That bothered me. It was just a depressing ending. Yuck. 

    The world-building is fantastic, and I could clearly picture this world. I think that's what gave me the aforementioned sense of urgency. This world just seemed so real, it was hard not to care about the fate of it, even though I didn't care what happened to the characters. I'd say that the world-building and original idea were the two saving graces of this novel.

    As I said, I would recommend this book for hardcore dystopian fans. A lot of people love it, and just because the characters bugged me doesn't mean they'll bug you. If you're unsure about it, check it out from the library. You may just find a book that you really love. 

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