Hooked from the very beginning!
From the very beginning Breathe had me hooked. I have limited experience reading the scifi genre, mainly because there are times when the plots are either so outlandish and bloated as to leave my head spinning, or the character development/dynamics gets lost amid the technical aspects. Breathe is not one of those books. From the very first chapter it was apparent that there was a perfect balance of scifi aspects via the nuclear fallout of the Great Nuclear War, and of the dynamics between its two main protagonists Mina and Caleb. The writing flows very naturally as does the dialogue between the characters, and their friendship/relationship is very believable. The overall telling of the story is spaced out in such a way that while it does begin years into the future, it all comes full circle at its current chapter ten length. What kept me engaged the most while reading was the fact that—let’s face it—high school is difficult. Not only is it the pinnacle of self-discovery, but is the jumping off point between childhood to adulthood. At that age we find ourselves questioning the status quo and of the world around us, all while trying to figure out where we fit into it all. Set against the backdrop of an authoritarian state where one’s loyalty affects the quality of one’s life—and consequently one’s future—not only made the plot believable, but the overall interplay of the characters and of their relationships to one another was as sweet as it was heartbreaking. So, with that said, if you are looking for an engaging, thought-provoking read that balances scifi and romance, I strongly recommend this book.
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