In a world without air, what would you do to breathe? In a barren land, a shimmering glass pod houses the survivors of the Switch, the period when oxygen levels plunged and the green world withered. A state lottery meant a lucky few won safety, while the rest suffocated in the thin air. And now Alina, Quinn, and Bea—an unlikely trio, each with their own agendas, their own longings and fears—walk straight into the heart of danger. With two days of oxygen in their tanks, they leave the pod—and everything they know—behind. What will happen on the third day?
Set in a perilous, devastated world, Breathe is a novel of adventure, revolution, yearning, and of opening your eyes and rising to your greatest potential.
- NOMINATED for the Carnegie Medal 2014
- SHORTLISTED for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award (Read It Or Else) for best book for 11-14 year olds
- NOMINATED for the YALSA Best Fiction for YA
- SHORTLISTED for the Hounslow Teen Read Award
An amazing story! Sit down. Inhale. Now, while you still can’ – Kathleen Duey – author of National Book Award finalist Skin Hunger
‘An imaginative, convincing dystopian world dominates this intriguing debut’ – Kirkus Reviews
‘characters readers will grow to care about’ – Publishers Weekly
‘The all-action plot and hinted-at romantic triangle will keep the reader’s interest to the end’ – Irish Examiner
‘As with John Wyngham’s Day of the Triffids, the best science fantasy has that crucial element of the plausible amid the unlikely, and it puts this book up there with the best of modern fiction for young adults‘ – Evening Echo
‘This is an amazing book well worth the read’ – First News
‘intelligent and absorbing’ – Kirkus Reviews (for Resist)
‘Crossan effectively portrays hope as a feral, desperate thing that keeps people fighting against oxygen depletion to remain alive and that fuels the book’s romances, betrayals, alliances, and battles. The conlusion is tragic yet cathartic, a fitting end to a complex story set in a fraught world.‘ – Horn Book Review (for Resist)