Review: Resist (Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan


Title: Resist
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher/Year:  HarperColling 10/7/14
Length:   368 Pages
Series:  Breathe #2


What would you do if you were desperate? Bea, Alina, and Quinn are outlaws. They started a rebellion and have been thrown out of the pod—the only place where there’s enough air to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. What will they find now that they are refugees in the perilous Outlands? Their final safe haven may be harboring dark secrets. But together, the three teens find the will to keep fighting, to save one another, and to break free from everything that’s holding them back.

My Thoughts

This second and final installment takes us on quite the journey.  We see that there’s the quest to find another settlement from the Resistance in the Outlands – and what they find there is not at all what they expected.  We learn more that the true identify of Abel is found out and it’s not what we thought, but not what you didn’t think either.

there’s a new character brought into the mix here – Ronan, who is part of the Special forces led by Quinn’s father.  He’s beginning to question what he’s been told to do his whole life and i think that it’s about time that he links up with Quinn, Bea, Alina or any of them to figure out how to make a change come around in the Pod.  With the Rebellion going on, someone has to be a leader.

So there’s the rebellion in one place, the interesting conditions at the Sequoia – where they aren’t growing plants/trees, they are growing babies….and well when our fav characters find themselves in that society, it’s not a happy ending for anyone.

Throughout this story i kept wondering if we were going to see folks switch sides – and if we were going to be let down by what we had hoped would happen.  I think that we all wanted to have faith with the Premiums and high powerful folks that get involved in the cause to actually make a change, and i think that there’s still way to much uncertainty to be able to trust anyone.  I feel like Jude (Quinn’s father) – is such a gray area of trust – so we really need to read the story in entirety to see who he’s playing for.

I’m a bit sad that this was just a 2 book series and not a trilogy.  i feel like the last third was a bit rushed with the quest to fill in enough and the ending – that we didn’t get as far into things as we necessarily would have in a 3 book-er.  oh well.  We get to the point where a lot of people are dead, a few are saved, and there are a few new ones even, with their own perspective on Pod life.

On that note – happy saturday and have a nice weekend!

Review: Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan


Title: Breathe
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher/Year:  Harper Collings 9/10/13
Length:   264Pages
Series:  Breathe #1


The world has no air.

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in a glass dome full of manufactured air. If you want to live, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t pay? And what if you think everything could be different? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes the Resistance can save the environment, can break free, and she’s on her first mission. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When all three cross paths and walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered.

My Thoughts

I love when i get to read a dystopian story that makes you think about how we’re living life today.  The main premise here is about how deforestation cuts back on the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere making it hard to breathe.  Without trees, there’s toxic runoff into the oceans so there’s no way for that to add O into the air – so….people begin to die off.  It’s an organization called Breathe that comes up with a solution by creating PODs where people are forced to live in these big glass domes (assuming you can afford to get into one when The Switch happened, and within the Pod – life has been managed into a caste system and everything’s regulated by Breathe.

In reading enough of these stories, you know that if there’s one central power that’s controlling things, then it means that the world is not always what it seems and that people are not given all the information, resulting in fear and people conforming.

Thankfully as we always see – it’s the younger generation that takes a stand.  We get this story through a few different POVs.  Alina who is part of the resistence with a boy named Abel who she’s crushing on.  We meet them when they are gathering clippings of plants and trees to bring back to the resistence.  then there’s Bea and Quinn – bea who is an auxillary (lower caste) and Quinn who is a premium.  they are best of friends, but bea harbors this crush on him.

IT’s not until Quinn meets Alina that paths start to cross, and circumstances that make them cross paths again that takes them to places they never thought.

Quinn planned a camping trip for Bea outside of the pod, and they prepared by getting all the gear that would be necessary to survive outside where there’s no oxygen, and it’s freezing.  When Alina is forced to go on the run, plans change.  they help her cross the border, share resources and end up through a series of events, all going to the Resistence headquarters – the Grove where their eyes are being opened up.

Breathe led people to believe that there’s no way for the earth to repair itself, no way for trees to grow back, yet that’s EXACTLY what the resistence is doing.  they are growing plants and trees and have trained themselves to be able to live and breathe outside where the oxygen levels are so low.

This of course is where things get interesting since you never know who you can trust – you learn that people that you thought were part of the resistance aren’t, people you thought were dead aren’t, and then when all is destroyed – it’s time to make a new plan.

So all in all, a nice approach to dystopia – i do love when we see that civilization is forced to live in a dome for one reason or another and i think that in this case, it’s something that’s kind of fresh and new.  They could do me a solid by going into more depth on what it was called The Switch, but i guess beggars can’t be choosers.  anyhow – have a great day all!