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Breathe by Sarah Crossan

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

by Sarah Crossan


By: Sarah Crossan

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Rating: 2 stars

Summary: Inhale. Exhale.
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?


Review: I’m normally a HUGE fan of just about any dystopian, and I was really looking forward to this one, but it ended up really disappointing me because 1) the plot did not stand out, 2) I could not stand the characters and 3) too many inconsistencies.

First of all, this book followed your typical dystopian plot – oppressive government, rebels who know the truth, duped citizens who finds out the truth and decide to do something about it, all hell breaks loose, etc. And I can’t put my finger on it, but I feel like I’ve read this concept before, living in a bubble and having masks to breathe. Mitch mentioned “Masque of the Red Death,” but I also think a little bit of “Under the Never Sky” and maybe something else too.

So for me, the big question was, did I like the characters? And the answer was no.

Alina is USUALLY my type of girl – feisty, determined and kickass. BUT even though I KNEW she was that type of character, she didn’t really show me so. Her feelings for Abel were really surface deep, and I know that she suffers from the lost of her parents, but I didn’t really see that from her. She’s rude to people, and later, even though she begins to start feeling for them, she’s still kind of stony. So she didn’t make an impression for me.

I didn’t care for Bea because she was the whiny side girl. I totally understand the disheartening feeling that comes from unrequited love, but she was such a pushover. And I know Crossan TRIED to do something with her character because Alina and Maude and others started to like and respect her, but I think her character did fall short despite Crossan’s attempt.

And your hero – Quinn. I’m sorry, but I could not stand him. First of all, he’s stupid for not being able to see what what was standing right in front of him. But to rub it in her face (although unknowingly) just made me mad. But okay, he’s a guy, right? They’re clueless, right? I could forgive him, BUT he goes after Alina like some lovesick puppy. It would be one thing if he went after her, but the way that he was more of the “get away from me, why can’t you see I’m not interested” type of nuisance.

I had also expected more character development from others like Silas and Petra. Nope.

And there were too many inconsistencies – little things that left me thinking, “HUH?!?” Like with Abel. (For spoiler, go to my GR review.) And then there was the Pod Minister. (For spoiler, go to my GR review.)

And then there were silly little things like: “The shoes are actually stripy sandals and the heels must be eight inches high. I have no idea how she’s managing to keep her balance. She looks like she’s about to go clubbing somewhere very hot and seedy.” WTH? They have clubs in Breathe?!? I thought people were having a hard time breathing in general let alone go out partying. And if they did, yeah it’ll be very sexy for people to go clubbing in masks. So let’s say the clubs were in Zone 1 in a building where they CAN breathe, well, clubbing is not a situation I would really imagine in a world like Breathe in the first place.

Okay, enough of that. The story was good enough, and I think I may have liked it before I became pickier. But my lack of enthusiasm for the characters and the inconsistencies in the book just left me disappointed.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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  1. September 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    great review!!

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