Breathe (Breathe, #1)
by Sarah Crossan
Publishing Date: October 2nd 2012
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?
My Review:As soon as I saw the cover, I was in love with this book. Description was awesome, and I couldn't wait to finaly read this book! It was my MOST anticipated fall release. And it dissapointed me. Yes, that's right. I didn't like it. It failed to deliver.
Well, I actually kinda liked the beginning. The main three characters are introduced, and we see some world building there. Oxygen has became a problem, and some citizens are moved to live in The Pod which is run by Breathe. Society is divided into caste system, with Premiums who can buy oxygen and do whatever they like and Auxiliaries who have to be careful with how much oxygen they breathe in, as they have no way to pay extra oxygen.
The more I read, the less I liked the book. The world building was unconvincing, very unconvincing! Outside the Pod, there was only 6% Oxygen in the air, but yet it was snowing, raining and whatnot. I am not an expert, but I do know that rain/snow is 1/3 Oxygen. How is that possible if there's not even enaugh Oxygen to breathe, if there are no plants to produce the Oxygen? There are so many questions, and yet, almost none of them were answerd. Some of them will probably be answered in the next book, but I really think they were necessary in this one.
The story is narrated in first person by Alina, Quinn and Bea. I did not like it at all. I had to, more than just a few times, check on who's POV it was again. They all sounded the same, even though Quinn is a guy and you'd expect to recognise his POV, but sometimes I just couldn't.
The romance in this book, oh dear God, even now I have a headache if I just think about it. Let me just explain it to you and see for yourselvef. We have Bea who's Quinns best friend and is madly in love with him, but of course, he doesn't notice it because he is in love with Alina. I don't have to mention that he doesn't know her at all, but he follows her around as a love sick puppy. Everything would be okay if Alina returned the feelings, but no, she was grieving the boy who got killed because of her. Already rolling your eyes? This isn't even half of it, but I won't reveal more as it includes some spoilers.
Now about the characters.
Alina. The only thing I like about this girl is her name, it's really pretty. And that's where my affection towards this girl ends. She was rude most of the time, she is cold and she cares only about her self. Alina is part of The Resistance, group of people who stood up to Breathe. While her intentions are sometimes right, her actions are not.
Quinn. He is a Premium and he doesn't know how hard life can get. Most of the time he's clueless about everything and the only thing he cares about are girls. Everything came easy to him because he was a Premium, but when he found out about certain things, he took control, and I like him just a little bit better because of it.
Bea. I liked her the best even though she was whiny and sometimes even irritating. She didn't want any of it to happen, she just wanted to enjoy her time with Quinn, but Alina ruined it all and Bea was stuck somewhere where she didn't want to be.
Overall, I didn't like this book, I won't be reading a sequel and I wouldn't recommand this book to anyone, but the fact that I didn't like the book doesn't necessary means you won't either.