Breathe by Sarah Crossan is not the typical repressive government in a future society story line many teens are used to reading. Crossan takes this foundation for a dystopian novel to a new level – where the government physically interferes with each citizen’s life by monitoring their oxygen intake and enclosing them in a glass “pod”. The slightly cliche and predictable subplot of the “boys falls in love with the girl who was there all along” is present but the fact that all the characters literally do not know how many breaths they have left gives it a much needed refreshing twist. The characters act very similar to teenagers today. It shows that a society like the one in Breathe may not be that far removed from ours, a chilling and powerful realization.
Review by Nicolette