By Sarah Crossan
Published on October 2, 2012
Published by Green Willow
Source: ARC from Publisher

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?

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book.  I knew it had a dystopian feel to it, but I honestly haven't heard a huge amount of buzz about it (except for when the cover first came out).  I have been reading a TON of dystopians lately (I just finished Insurgent), so I was a little concerned that there was no room left in my heart for a new dystopian book.

This book was different.  It didn't follow the same "formula" as other dystopian books like Divergent, Delirium, Matched, etc.  Breathe focused on three characters- Alina, Quinn, and Bea: all who are in very signifcantly different places in their lives. The government is controlling oxygen after some sort of awful plague that killed most of the world.  Now people live in a bubble, unable to breathe outside of it without breathing packs because of the lack of oxygen.  You can tell by the cover that there are no trees- all the trees have been destroyed and no trees= no oxygen.

It was a very interesting premise for a book and one that had the potential to sound preachy about the environment- but it absolutely didn't.  The author didn't make it sound that way at all.  I really enjoyed the relationship that Quinn, Bea, and Alina develop throughout the story (as well as the many side characters- there were a lot to keep track of!)  The story didn't turn out how I expected it to and it moved much faster than I anticipated.

If you are a fan of dystopian, science fiction, or simply a good read that doesn't drag- pick up Breathe.  I am looking forward to the sequel to this very memorable debut!

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