Breathe- It takes a lot of air to break free

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“Breathing in. Breathing out. We do it at least 17,000 times a day. And how often do we think about it?” How often do we think about breathing? About the air we inhale and exhale?

“Breathing in. Breathing out. We do it at least 17,000 times a day. And how often do we think about it?” How often do we think about breathing? About the air we inhale and exhale? Not often at all and certainly not as often as we would if there wasn’t any oxygen in the atmosphere.

In the new book, Breathe, the world is empty, destroyed, desolate. All the trees are gone, starving the world of oxygen. Those not lucky enough to secure a spot in one of the synthetic air-filled pods suffocated as the oxygen levels dwindled to less than 4%. People in the pods have to pay a hefty price to breathe, but think it’s worth it when they are reassured that the ministry is working to replant the trees. At least, that’s what they’re told. But what if the ministry is lying?

Throughout the 371 pages of Breathe you read the different perspectives of a girl ready to leave and start rebellion, a rich boy who always can afford plenty of air, and a girl who never questioned the ways of the pod; until now. The three struggle with family, equality, love, and the right to breathe freely.

I loved every page of Breathe. It had just the right balance of adventure and compassion. Even with its many pages, I read this book in a matter of hours; I just couldn’t put it down. I hated and loved the ending of the book. It ended with a cliffhanger and I hated not knowing what was going to happen next, but loved knowing there will be a sequel to Breathe.

I would recommend this book to middle school age readers and older. There was mild language, but not much. There was violence, but a war breaks out after all. People who enjoyed The Hunger Games would also enjoy Breathe as both books challenge the flaws of society and leave the fate of the world in kids’ hands.
I highly recommend this book by Sara Crossan. Breathe will be published in October, 2012 by Greenwillow Books. For more information about Breathe, go to www.sarahcrossan.com/books.