Breathe (#1)

Author(s): Sarah Crossan

Young Adult

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?


A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart.

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When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Be left breathless by this gripping, zeitgeist dystopian thriller.

Praise for The Weight of Water: Poignant, powerful, just perfect Cathy Cassidy

Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University and has been working to promote creative writing in schools since. She teaches English at a small private school near New York. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing. http://www.sarahcrossan.com/

General Fields

  • : 9781408827192
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Childrens
  • : April 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sarah Crossan
  • : Paperback
  • : 11+
  • : 384