Series: Breathe #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on 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.
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?
Years into the future, not food nor precious metals, but oxygen has become the world's greatest commodity. Due in large part to deforestation, the world has become heavily dependent on the oceans for its people's oxygen.
That was a mistake.
The underlying concept of Breathe was fascinating. The world reduced to living in Pods. Having the oxygen so heavily regulated that basic human activities, such as walking, are transformed into something unrecognizable. Patrols stationed on every corner to ensure that citizens do not walk above 3 mph. Wanna take a run? Sorry, not going to happen unless you are wealthy. Want to take a vacation? Now instead of visiting somewhere tropical, vacations consist of visiting what is left of the world outside your Pod. At first glance, it is hard to come to terms with the Earth that we all know and the Earth presented in Breathe. The realistic aspect of this future Earth seems like it could be possible, but at the same time, I had a hard time believing that some of these events would come to pass.
Pushing aside of the issues that I had with the world building, I found myself in love with our characters. Bea, Quinn, and Alina were each so different, but complemented each other perfectly. Bea, who shows so much potential for helping to further this society. Quinn, who lives under the shadow of his father's greatness. Alina, a tough on the outside chick who knows just how to get things done. Each of these characters added that something special to Breathe. Making it a read that I found very hard to put down once I got started.
While there are still plenty of questions left to be answered, I walk away from this read feeling satisfied. The pacing of Breathe was spot on. The characters made this book completely memorable. And unlike some love triangles, Breathe's backward love triangle (one boy, two girls) had me cheering for my favorite would be couple till the very end. As the first book of a new series, Breathe puts a good foot forward. I look forward to seeing what the next installment has to offer.