The world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t? And what if you think everything could be different? Three teens will leave everything they know behind in Sarah Crossan’s gripping and original dystopian teen novel of danger, longing, and glimmering hope.
Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.
I’ve got to admit I admired the ideas behind this book and looking at our modern-day world, I can definitely see where the author is coming from with her ideas. But despite all the action, reveals and all I still found this story rather flat.
Firstly the plot and conspiracy regarding the trees was surprising when I first started reading, but towards the end it became obvious where the author was taking things. I think whether or not you agree with what I said or not depends really on how many YA dystopian novels you’ve read. I’ve read a lot, and nowadays it takes either a really original idea or a very skillful author to surprise me with a book. I also found the whole plot and style of writing quite weird and sometimes far-fetched.. but I guess this is a fiction book after all though I did hope it would meld with the real world more…
The world building I found was typical for this plot and it was exactly what I expected. But hey, at least the author actually bothered to put it in unlike many other YA authors today…
Regarding the characters, I had a sort of love-hate relationship with them as at some times they were completely boring and bland and at other times they were mature and real. I could definitely see the author had tried her best with them. With the pacing, there were once again times where the pacing ran very fast and other times the pacing ran really slow and boring. The action scenes were well made if not a bit far fetched sometimes.
I must admit another thing I liked was the ending and how it really sets up an exciting beginning for the next book. It was somewhat a cliffhanger and while I will read the next book, I’m not really in a hurry to due to my overall enjoyment of this book.
Who I’d recommend this for
If you’re brand new to YA dystopian then I think you’d like this more, but otherwise those who like cliffhanger endings and strange plots where not everything makes sense will like this.