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Early Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan+INT giveaway!

Breathe by Sarah Crossan (Breathe #1)

ARC courtesy of Bloomsbury UK

Synopsis from Goodreads
Inhale. Exhale.
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?

Release date: October 2nd 2012

Amazon  US/UK(£4.54) | Amazon kindle US/UK(£4.25) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


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It was a good, well written book, which I enjoyed. My problem is overabundance of YA dystopians with pretty similar concepts. Particularly, Under The Never Sky comes to mind as something slightly more inventive.

The ideas of Breathe feel important, but I would have loved more explanation as to what actually happened to reduce the saturation of oxygen in the atmosphere that much. I would even take a foreword like in Terminator - a description of bleak, futuristic world and how we came to this point, plus the ever persistent question - what of the rest of the world? For the love of all holy, give me some idea of the global picture, not just one city-state.

Quinn, Bea and Alina are pretty decent characters, but again all three lack that desperate edge which makes dystopian teens so awesome. Alina is supposed to be the toughest of the bunch, but it's sheltered, pampered Quinn who has the most drive.

I loved the world of The Resistance and really wanted to concentrate more on their developing an ability to breathe in 6% oxygen. The leader, I kid you not, reminded me of Tilda Swinton as Sal in The Beach. 

She's got that slightly unhinged, ruthless personality which allows her to keep her people under control and relentlessly grow the trees, her babies.

Ironically, it's the secondary characters which shine in this book: the villainous alcoholic Pod Minister, half-crazy Savage pensioner and a revolutionary leader of The Resistance. They were fabulous, and felt more alive than generic Quinn, Bea and Alina.

Pardon the pun, it might not be a breathless read, but it's a very good book, despite me feeling neutral about it. Give it a chance especially if you are a teen.

I have a ARC which I want to give away. It doesn't have the cover but it's in a good state and only been read once.
Just tell me what was the last dystopian you read that blew you away?

Open to all.
Ends October 8th 2012.

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Good luck!

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Неплохая книга "Дыши", хотя особого восторга не вызвала. Скорее всего, я начиталась подобных антиутопий, и хотелось бы чего-то более проработанного, детального и сильного драматически.

А то выходит, что главные персонажи - не рыба, ни мясо, и сияют как раз-таки второстепенные игроки - сумасшедшая Дикарь-пенсионерка, которая делится воспоминаниями о прошлом, гадливый и противный тиран и алкоголик - Министр города-государства и лидер Сопротивления, носящаяся со своими деревьями как с детьми и отказывающаяся их оставить умирать в одиночестве.

Есть в почерке Сары Кроссан хороший потенциал, но вот недожали редакторы, надо было её домучить и заставить всё переписывать до посинения, пока из книги не вышли бы новые Голодные Игры... А так, для среднестатистического подростка пойдёт, для всех остальных - довольно незрело.

Контест, если хотите книгу выиграть, описан выше. Удачи!


M.A.D. said...

Omg, I just finished Outpost by Ann Aquirre and it rocked so hard I can't WAIT for the next book in this incredible series!!

And, thank you very much for the sweet giveaway!!I've been so hoping to read Breathe!! <3 :)

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Kristia said...

wow thank you very much for the international giveaway! I'm really excite about this book :)
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Kristia said...

oups just realised there was a question:
Just tell me what was the last dystopian you read that blew you away?

erm I haven't read one that blew me away but my most recent dystopian/post apocalyptic was Angelfall by Susan Ee and it was really nice!

Evie said...

Legend by Marie Lu.
Thanks a lot for the INT giveaway!

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Unknown said...

Divergent! \m/

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Yiota said...

Forsaken by Lisa Stasse! It's a debut novel :D

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Unknown said...

I've read quite a few dystopians lately, but I think the only ones that really blew me away were Divergent/Insurgent.

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Imel Cullen said...

I've read Divergent and make me stuck on this series :D

Thanks for giveaway^^

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Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

Divergent! <3

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Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

Totally forgot my comment on your review. Sometimes, I publish far too soon.

I can understand that you like more explanation. I love world-building and it's very important to me. Funny to see that the side characters were great. I kind of like that :)

Great review!

Suz said...

Thanks for this great giveaway - I would love to win!
- My all time favorite dystopian series is the Hunger Games. I have read others but this is still the best for me!
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evrythngzen said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway!! I still think Hunger Games was the last one that blew me away. I loved Divergent but really Hunger games stayed with me.
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Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Ummmm The Forsaken by Lisa M Stasse! Its amazing, a mix of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner books =)

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Blodeuedd said...

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That have to be The age of Miracles, ok so it did not blow me away because it was so..silent in itself. It was more that when I read it I thought wow. It silently blew me away

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh this sounds interesting. Really. And YA Dystopia seems to be taking over lately as well. But sounds like a good one. :) Thank you!

Hmm, as blown away...hmm, that's a hard one. I've read a few I've enjoyed, but blown away is hard these days, at least in a dystopian world. Sorry.

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Liss Martz said...

I read divergent, it was AMAZING!
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Christina said...

Reviews on this one have ranged from meh to solid fun, if nothing new. I'm glad you're on the higher end of the spectrum!

I have an ARC of this, so I'll be giving it a go at some point. BEA pile, you win. Haha.

Also, I love that the secondary characters are stellar. Too often they are ignored.

Birgit said...

I had to go through my Goodreads list as it's been a while since I read dystopian novels, but guess what? The last one I read was indeed amazing and its title is *drum roll* The Knife of Never Letting Go!

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Zemira said...

I adore Angelfall. I think that is the last dystopian that impressed me a lot but I read it last year,so that doesn't say much about dystopian novels that came put this year.

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a reader who reads said...

Can't wait to read tihs book! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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sweety white said...

The last novel is Divergent

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Lea Krnjeta said...

The lsat one was Under the never sky, it was amazing :)

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makix3 said...

Pandemonium! The end of the book blew my mind!! :D

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Gisele said...

1+ Divergent! It was my last dystopian and I still need to read Insurgent, I cant wait!
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Videoclimber said...

Divergent and The Hunger Games series

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Chenise Jones said...

I really loved Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick!

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Clarissa (Bookadicea) said...

Thank you so much for this fab giveaway!
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Lis said...

OMG!! I'm dying to read this book!! I LOVE the summary!
My last dystopian was... Under the never sky. I think!
Thanks for the chance!!

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Unknown said...

The last dystopian book I read was Linger and it was very good! I love dystopian books! Thanks!
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Sarah Elizabeth said...

I'm reading ashes by ilsa bick and it is absolutely amazing!! I love dystopians and this is so so good! Can't wait to read breathe! I want it so bad!!!
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Unknown said...

I just read Insurgent and it was great.
Thanks for the great giveaway.
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Unknown said...

I just read Insurgent and it was great.
Thanks for the great giveaway.
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Darlene said...

The last dystopian that I read that totally blew me away - and my favourite book of the year - is Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.

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Reading Mind / The Loyal Book said...

last one? Starters. I really liked that one!

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Dana said...

The last dystopian I read that blew me away was The Twenty by Claudia Carozza
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Jolene and Family said...

The Forsaken. I bought it for my husband, thinking this would be something he liked and ended up skimming the pages and was hooked! I ended up loving it

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mamabunny13 said...

+1 I enjoyed Enclave, can't wait to read Outpost.
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ZaraAlexis said...

My recent favourite dystopian: THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Margaret Atwood.

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Life's Simple Pleasures said...

+1 DIVERGENT! Enough said right? Now reading Insurgent and loving it too!

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Koll said...

That would probably be Enclave by Ann Aguirre :)
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Georgia said...

I would say Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi :)
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Romi said...

Yay, international giveaway! Thank you so much!

My favourite dystopian is definitely The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

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Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa said...

Blood Red Road by Moira Young was pretty awesome,so was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
Thanks for making the giveaway International!
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Spav said...

Enclave by Ann Aguirre.

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