“Breathe” by, Sarah Crossan
In “Breathe” we are introduced to Alina, Quinn, and Bea who all live in a dome that protects the population from suffocating in the oxygen depleted outside world. When Bea and Quinn leave for a scheduled trip outside the dome they run into Alina who is trying to leave illegally. Quinn and Bea decide to help Alina but once outside the safety of the dome the three encounter dangers that none of them are prepared for.
I really liked this book. The idea of living in a world with little to no air is terrifying to me. Breathing is something that we don’t spend much time thinking about and I can’t imagine having to wear an oxygen tank all the time. I really felt for these three kids and I don’t know that I would have held up as well in the same situation.
“Breathe” had some great themes woven throughout it, like friendship, loyalty, and compassion. The friendship that turns to love between Quinn and Bea was really sweet to watch. I also really enjoyed seeing people who should hate each other learn to work together for the greater good. I felt like the characters were well written and I cared about what happened to them.
“Breathe” is Quinn, Bea, and Alina’s story but there are so many other characters to love in this world. Maude is a secondary character but she is one of my favorites. I found her fighting spirit and take no crap attitude extremely entertaining and I could have read much more about her. I also really loved old Watson.
I’m not sure if this book is the first in a series but I really hope to read more about what happens to everyone. I feel like all the characters in this book have many more adventures to share with us. I will happily read anything else that Sarah Crossan creates.