Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . . The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.
Alina has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.
Quinn should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.
Bea wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.
And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?(goodreads)
What I liked...This book had all the elements I expected from a dystopian novel. The Earth was unable to sustain life due to the lack of trees. The government had a tight grip on society and controlled their lives. People were able to venture out of the dome on "vacation". Remnants of a previous lifetime littered the outside like ghosts.
I found the characters enjoyable, and a bit unpredictable. I was quick to cast Alina as the "bad guy", having intruded on Quinn and Bea's vacation. Speaking of Bea, she definitely showed the most growth, really becoming someone you would want on your side. Fans of a strong heroine will love her too.
Other Stuff...I can't think of anything I didn't like in the story Breathe. Some parts of the plot were a bit predictable. Although, the fabulous writing kept me engaged and flipping pages until the very end. I am curious where the story will go next! Resist, book two in the series, is due to hit bookstores in October of 2013.
Cover Love? I love this cover which immediately caught my eye. Great colors and a strong hint of the story's plot.
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