Jacket for 'Breathe'


UK - Bloomsbury Children’s Books
US - Greenwillow/HarperCollins Children’s Books
Czech Republic - Baronet
France - Bayard Editions Jeunesse
Germany - dtv Junior
Turkey Dogan Egmont


By Sarah Crossan

Published May 2013

In a world without air, what do you have to do to stay alive?

Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die.

Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from?

An amazing story! Sit down. Inhale. Now, while you still can.

Kathleen Duey – author of National Book Award finalist Skin Hunger

Wow, wow, wow!! Breathe is absolutely amazing . . . This book starts with a bang and refuses to let you go. 5 out of 5 stars.


Mad Max for the eco-generation it’s a superalative dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.

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