Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Greenwillow
Length: 400 pages 
Genera: Science Fiction
Subjects: romance, dystopia, escape, rebellion

[Goodreads Summary]
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?


I didn’t finish this book.
I didn’t get past 80%.
I will review it though.

If you don’t want to read a DNF review. Click the back button. Close the browser. I don’t care. If you do want to read this, continue down the post.


I didn’t like Breathe. When you read DNF, you probably assumed I hated it. I did not hate it. I simply got bored with it. I didn’t care about what happened to the characters or the fictional world.  Truthfully, I lost track of the story at 55 – 60% in. I really hate when that happens. When it gets to the point when you have no idea what happened, why continue?

The book switches between three POVS: Bea’s, Quinn’s, and Alina’s.

Bea is in love with Quinn. Like swoon, fall over in love. She was annoying and pretty bland. She was the average heroine of the story. Quinn is in lust with Alina. He doesn’t even realize his friend has green eyes. He is pretty boring to read about. Alina couldn’t care less about Bea or Quinn. She is the bad girl of the story. She was pretty mediocre for the bad girl.

They weren’t bad characters. I just found them boring and unrelatable

Plot & Writing:
Wow, the idea was amazing. A world with no air? This could go far.

But instead, there was an unnecessary, undeveloped rebellion and some sort of nature walk. I don’t really get why they’re walking out and why they are still following Alina, even though they know something’s up with her. The plot didn’t really make any sense and as a result I couldn’t follow it.

The writing had a lot of problems. There were weird things in the ARC that didn’t make any sense (such as a guy talking with no air) but other wise it was pretty standard. The writing lacked a lot of emotion.

What I liked and didn’t:

  • The Multiple POVS
  • The interesting idea
  • Interesting beginning


  • Lack of originality
  • Not really doing anything with lack of air. More of a side problem than anything else
  • Story tapers off at 50%
  • boring  characters

In conclusion:
Breathe is not for everyone. I didn’t like it, but you might, though!


Favorite Character: N/A
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2 thoughts on “Breathe by Sarah Crossan

  1. nerdybookreviews says:

    Hmmm… I’m not sure whether I’m pleased I didn’t get accepted to review and got DENIED DENIED DENIED :'( or whether I’m relieved I didn’t have to push my way through reading… Lovely review! <3

    • Lisbeth Avery says:

      Aww thanks! Yeah, I think you should be relieved you don’t have to struggle to read it. But, then again you might have loved it.

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