Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count: 384 pages
Series: Breathe #1
When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. 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.
More of a 3.5 but rounding it to a 4
In Breathe, overpopulated humans are once again screwing up the planet. It's always the their fault messing with the planet *face palm*. Since it is overpopulated, there has to be more food. In order to do that, they have to take down tress to plant crops and soon there's no trees at all. No trees means no air. At first it's okay, everything's fine but later on every natural resource is dying like the ocean and there would be no oxygen left. Then there's this company who finds a way to bring back the oxygen but you have to pay it. Now the government controls almost about everything now like they always do.
This is told in three points of views, Alina, Quinn, and Bea. We first meet Alina who is looking for a boy named Abel who has disappeared. When people start disappearing, they are most likely dead but she doesn't want to believe that and she is determined to find him.
Next we have Quinn. Quinn is rich. His family is rich and Quinn basically has a load of air to breathe which helps out his best friend Bea a ton. Bea loves Quinn but he doesn't even have a clue. Until he stumbles upon Alina, he immediately takes interests on her and Bea is left feeling a little jealous and sad about it.
I will be honest, I did felt this book was a little boring and slow at some parts. It spent a lot of time with the the three of them traveling back and forth across the outlands. There could've been more character background but maybe the sequel will be better.
Overall I was not amazed but I am interested to see where this is heading and thanks to Harper Collins, I don't have to wait for the next book in October.