Series: Breathe #1
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Finally, a breath of fresh air in young adult (*rim shot*). Seriously, though, Breathe was better than expected for a typical young adult novel in this day and age.
First of all, the story is told in the typical first person narrative, but it is told through three different narrators - Bea, Quinn, and Alina. All three have quite different lives and personalities and each endures different aspects of the story. When all three are woven together, they make a solid narrative.
This story also contains your typical young adult love triangle. But it's only typical in the fact that it exists in the novel. For starters, Crossan switches it up with two girls and one guy instead of the typical two guys obsessing over one girl. And while the romance/live triangle exists, it doesn't smother you as you make your way through the novel.
As for the world Crossan creates, it's a new type of dystopian even though it contains a lot of the familiar aspects (corrupt 'government', small controlling interest trying to maintain monopoly, a small group fighting for change out in the deserted world... etc etc.).
It isn't a stay up all night under the covers with a flashlight excitement of a read, but its unique enough and well written enough to be an engaging read. Enough so that I definitely can't wait to put my name on the wait list for the next volume when it's available at the library.