Breathe by Sarah Crossan : dystopian thriller @SarahCrossan

Posted: December 10, 2012 in Secondary
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By Sarah Crossan

“Oxygen is essential for most living things. For 2.5 billion years, it was the most abundant chemical element on Earth. Until the Switch.”

Breathe is a young adult dystopian novel set in a future where oxygen and the domes that saved humanity, are all owned by a corporation called Breathe. There are no trees and the oceans have died.
The poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for doing things like dancing or sports. The rich Premiums on the other hand live strong healthy lives. Those that oppose the regime are considered to be a threat and are sent from the Pod to die.
Sixteen-year-old Alina is one of those that oppose the order and belongs to a secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. Outside the Pod she has only enough oxygen for two days. There are rumours she has heard of rebels and a mythical Grove, a place offering safety. So begins her search for a place which may or may not exist and time is running out.

I recently enjoyed reading Sarah Crossan’s first book The weight of water, a delightful coming of age verse novel so am looking forward to getting Breathe and diving in especially as all the reviews have been so good.

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