Breathe by Sarah Crossan – Review

Posted 17 October, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review, Featured / 31 Comments


Book 1, Breathe 
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication: October 2nd 2012 by Greenwillow
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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.

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.

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.

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?


Classic Dystopian setting with an interesting and unique twist. What is when you cannot simply breath air how much you want?

 When oxygen becomes restricted…

In this dystopian setting, people live in kind of “globes” as there is not enough oxygen to survive in the outside world. Even more cruel the government regulates how much oxygen everyone is allowed to use. Physical activities are limited for the rich people and running is not allowed. There are even speeding cameras when you walk to fast. (Seriously, I had to laugh hard about this!!) As in many Dystopian settings, the world is distinguished between rich and poor and those who rule and those who want freedom…


When 3 Teens tell a story…

then we have 3 different angles and it was a great concept and a wonderful idea to throw all those different teens together and let them lead us through the story! We have a teen from each important part of this society.

Rich: Quinn, Poor: Bea and Revolutionist: Alina. 

Circumstances get those three together and all of them have to keep close to survive. What starts as a simple trip “outside” becomes soon a matter of survival and a matter of freedom and which side to trust. There is a lot to discover and the pot moves forward pretty fast, explaining the world, explaining how it all happened. Adding a few twists and interesting character and the story was great and kept me glued!

When Boy loves Girl and .. another Girl loves Boy..

we get an interesting Love Triangle. If you think Love Triangle, most of the times there is one girl and 2 boys. Not so here, there is Quinn and he’s interested in Alina because she’s new and exciting and there is BEA, but Quinn just sees Bea as his BFF… Bea loves Quinn since forever and hopes for one day that he opens his eyes and sees her. I actually loved the romantic dynamic in this story! It felt surprisingly real and I loved how Bea never gave up on Quinn even though he constantly was trying to get to Alina. That’s what loves does and Bea’s love for Quinn was genuine.

Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

Breath will appeal to all fans of Dystopian stories and survival. Told from 3 Teen- POV makes this story extremely eclectic. Each teen had a different upbringing and was told to believe in different things. The chemistry and interaction between them was what drove the story forward! Breath was a great story but it lacked the final excitement that makes a story stand out. However, I know Dystopian fans will love it!



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31 Responses to “Breathe by Sarah Crossan – Review”

  1. Sounds like a decent point. Going more towards your earlier post on book ratings, I haven’t seen anything less than a 4 from you in quite awhile. Other than the occasional really bad one. I tend to rate 4 mostly. 3.5 is pretty common too. I think they’re so high partly because I’m generous and partly because I choose my books carefully.
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  2. Awesome review! 😀 I’m very excited for Amazon to get it’s act together and finally deliver my copy. 😛 Glad you liked it! I’m very excited about this new and unique-sounding love triangle! I’m so glad to hear you liked it! Another fabulous review!

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  3. Awww poor Bea! Unrequited love always breaks my heart in books, I always hope the person opens their eyes and there’s an HEA for all parties involved. I just want to throttle Quinn at the moment and scream at him “LOOK AT BEA!”. Maybe we’ll get that happy ending eventually Danny:)

  4. I’m actually a little curious about this love triangle. I usually hate them but occasionally they work and just evoke that much more emotion. I’m not sure if this would be a love or hate thing for me. I’m not sure yet if this is a book I would really love. I don’t think anyone has quite convinced me yet… (Though it could just be the ginormous TBR wearing me out)
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  5. Bea’s persistence was something that I really enjoyed in Breathe as well! I just wish that the concept felt…. stronger to me. This was a hard one for me because there was something missing and it was tough to pinpoint. I’m happy that overall, you have better luck with it than I did. Great review, Danny!
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