Breathe by Sarah Crossan [Review]


  • Title: Breathe
  • Author: Sarah Crossan
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • ISBN: 9781408827192


Well I seem to have disappeared from this blog for the last few weeks, in fact my last review which was for Seraphina was posted nearly a month ago! My reading hasn’t been going much better, I’ve just not managed to get in to any books just at them moment, despite having about six on the go!

So, I can’t explain why I still have a bunch of reviews to write for books I read back in August and September… But let’s see if I can catch up by starting with Breathe by Sarah Crossan.

I was a little wary at first about this one as the premise about a dome keeping the haves and have-nots apart, seemed similar to Pure by Julianna Baggott. Thankfully the only real similarities is in that they have a Dome and a leadership that isn’t necessarily as good as the people believe.

One of the books big strengths is having three strong leads, and a strong supporting cast alongside them (they come across what they think is a mad old lady at one point, the old woman, Maude Blue turns out to be so much more as the story develops),  the trio each have something to learn about themselves and each other, and the hidden realities of their world on both sides of the dome.

The government might be corrupt, but the resistance leadership isn’t all sweetness and light either, and that makes for a strong dynamic for the action to take place in, and ensures the twists and turns thrown at the characters are a thrilling experience.

Like most dystopias these days, it’s clearly part of a series, and despite some worries as the end approached 😉 it does feel like the end of one chapter in their lives, and wanting for the next to start, rather than a cheap cliff-hanger.

Overall a really strong and enjoyable entry in to the genre.

Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on.

A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die.

Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels.

Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.

Buy: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review purposes. 

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