“Breathe is for all fans of future catastrophe and anyone interested in preserving the Earth’s precious natural resources.”



Hmmm … This is an interesting one. It’s a dystopian novel, first of trilogy. The basis is that over population and the demand for more food causes the felling of all trees, and the loss of the oxygen that follows.

Most of the characters are young adults or children, many of them trying to grow more trees but being prevented by The Ministry, the rulers of the Pod where most people now live.

However, people can survive outside the Pod, a fact that is being denied. Living there is not easy, but it is possible. A rebellion inside the Pod causes many deaths and destroys the efforts to grow new trees.

A group of rebels escape the Pod and make their way to what is supposed to be a paradise. When they arrive they learn the truth. It’s run by two people, one mentally ill and the second a bully and power-hungry. Along with that learn of a plan that would kill thousands. With that the rebels escape and make their back to the Pod to warn them of the plan.

I always mention how easy a book is for me to read, and this one was easiest book I’ve read for a long time. However, I’m not so sure if it really is a YA book or a mainstream book. Whatever it is, I enjoyed reading it and will be looking for the two follow-ups, Breathe and The Weight of Water. This one certainly a decent read and I would recommend it to everyone.


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Ron Clark

Added 14th July 2016

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