Monday, 8 October 2012

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 400
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Released: 11th of October 2012

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?

What I Have to Say

 This book was amazing! I loved the plot, the society,. the characters, just everything. I really liked how the author introduced the society. Too many authors try to tell the reader everything about the society at once and there's a load of pointless explanation, but this was just introducing the characters and allowing the reader to see the world they live in through that. 

I also love the class system that's shown here. The author really manages to get across how different the worlds are that Bea, Quinn and Alina live in based on their class and parentage. Quinn lives in a world of privilege and expectations, whereas Bea and Alina must face a world where even the air they breathe is monitored and charged for. But it's not done in too drastic a way. Bea and Quinn are still friends and mostly their differences aren't a big deal to them. 

Seriously, if you like Dystopia then read this book. There may be a lot of Dystopia around at the moment, but this is a really amazing example of it.

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