Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

November 7, 2012 4 stars, Book Review 10 ★★★★

Pabkin’s One Liner: Tension that keeps you in suspense and with baited breath!

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?


Breathe was one of the most enjoyable young adult books I’ve read this year so far. It has mystery, violence, a government conspiracy, environmental issues, family troubles and romance that is thankfully not quite romance. Yet with all of these things nothing was over or under done.

Quinn, Bea and Alina. Three very different teenagers who leave the pod city together to the oxygen depleted outside. I doubt any of them really suspected how things would turn out for them. One of the big reasons I liked it so much is because there wasn’t any insta-love. I hate it when love is gone on and on about instantly, it always seems so shallow to me. Here, there is a lot of basis for deep emotional attachment. I know it might sounds corny but reading about our world being without oxygen – it gave me this feeling of tension throughout the entire book that helped move things along at a great pace. It was as if that point of the story alone kept things at a life or death crisis type of situation that left me aching to read more.

Breathe made me really think about a few things and how I would react or feel if the world really became that desolate. There are a few moments which are touching and of course some which were really sad. If a book can make me really feel for the characters then to me that right there is a big win.

Now, Quinn is the self indulgent rich boy, who you can’t help liking because he really is a good guy. Bea is our genius bleeding heart. Even though she is absolutely head over heels in love with her best friend Quinn she just suffers in silence with those feelings. She is also a softie where almost everyone else is concerned also. Alina, now she seems tough and she is…but she is also a lot more gooey around the edges than she would like to think. These characters had good character progression and had an interesting cast of supporting characters. I couldn’t help but like Maude Blue.

The background information was also well delivered, not just info dumped onto us. It made me yearn to know more about everything I could as to how the world ended up that way and how humanity is surviving now.

Breathe was a great book because it can stand alone as its own book for me, yet still has a promising beginning and setup for a series. The former being the more important thing to me. With that said though, I am seriously looking forward to any future books.

Tabitha the Pabkins


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10 Responses to “Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan”

    • Pabkins

      Thanks – yeah since I read so many series books sometimes I can’t always continue them – so thats why I hate that there are SO many series books out there. Its nice when an author makes it be enjoyable just on its own and if your imagination can satisfy you as to how things might turn out – more the better!

    • Pabkins

      Thanks – yeah I can’t believe that I hadn’t read it sooner. Once you pick it up I think you will zip right through it. The ARC looks thick but it really isn’t. At least it didn’t feel that way while reading it you know?