Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe (Breathe, #1)
by Sarah Crossan

Publishing Date:
October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow

From Goodreads:
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.

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17 komentari:

  1. I hate disappointing books. There are so many books out right now that are just a pretty cover. I was a sucker for them before but I am learning. I have this one but for some reason it doesn’t scream to me “read me!”
    I know some bloggers that loved it and others that felt very blah about it. I am no longer reading books unless I am dying to read them. Life is too short to read a sucky book 
    Thanks for stopping by, new follower.

    1. I know, I used to do that all the time, but I really liked the description of this one. The whole concept was very promising, but it failed to deliver.

  2. I'm sorry that this one was a disappointment. It looks so very good, and it's sad to hear that you didn't like it. I have the same problem as you, LOL. I tend to ask a lot of questions when I read a dystopian, which makes some of them REALLY suck. Then, of course, others JUST ROCK.

    Alina is a pretty name, though. Too bad she doesn't live up to it. LOL. I'm still pretty interested in reading it, though. And I hope that I can be as honest as you! Awesome review, Anatea! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

    1. I really hope you like the book, maybe it's just me. lol.

  3. We talked about this one and I sorry for this being a disappointment for you. I think I'll skip this series as much as I love dystopia. Great review :)

    1. I know, there're so much more good books that are craving our attention to loose time on bad ones.

  4. No! It disappointed you?! I'm gutted!
    I was exactly the same way over this book - I loved the cover and the description, and actually begged for a copy of this for christmas. I haven't read it yet because my review pile is insane at the moment, but I was hoping to get to it soon.

    I'm really hoping I don't hate it too now! :)

    1. Have to say that I had a similar reaction to crewel - thought it sounded amazing but it was only okay :/

    2. Yeah, it dissapointed me :(
      I'm really excited to read Crewel though. I hope it won't dissapoint me too.

  5. I've heard a lot of bloggers say similar things about this book. I was intrigued by breathe when I first saw the cover, but as soon as I read a few reviews I knew this one wasn't for me. Sorry that it dissapointed you!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

    1. Yeah, but hey, at least you read some reviews before deciding to read it!

  6. Oh sorry you didn't enjoy this book as much as you'd hoped Anatea, I think Bea was the one who really made this book for me too. I hope your next read is a lot more enjoyable :)

    1. I know, I only kept reading to see what happens with Bea.

  7. Sorry to hear this one didn't work for you. It's always disappointing when a book you're looking forward to doesn't live up to its potential. Hope your next read is better!

    Alexia's Books and Such...

    1. Yeah it is, I really like the one I'm reading so far.

  8. Aww I am so sorry you didn't like this. Multiple pov's can be tricky. Hope your next read is a five!