Publication date: October 29, 2013Publisher: Self
One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often.
When Lissa's father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn't quite human.
Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can - and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.
But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game - one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they'll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process.
The race for Earth has begun.
*The quotes in this review are from an e-ARC and may be altered or deleted in the final copy.
Unbreathable is a super exciting read. There were many wow moments--especially towards the end where my eyes were just glued to the pages (erm . . . screen) because I a) didn't want to miss a single thing, b) was extremely worried about what could happen to the characters, and c) was bracing myself for tears. Thankfully, the flood of tears never had the opportunity to release (though a few drops were threatening to do so--I felt really sorry for one of the characters, and I was really worried something bad would happen to him)!
First, I want to say that the writing in Unbreathable was wonderful. I have a thing for good descriptions, and this book had them!
"Maybe it wishes it were orange, for it sputters and reaches up to the sky with angry fists of blue and purple. It still doesn't know we can't all get what we want."I don't know exactly how to describe why the writing was really good--it just seemed like the author knew how write well. It kept me engaged. It made me highlight a few passages simply because I liked how they sounded.
"Sometimes," he says softly, his fingers trailing along the wing, "you only see the beauty of something once it's broken."
Now . . . onto the romance . . .
There's a love triangle. Wait, don't turn away! I know many people loathe love triangles, or at least prefer to not read them, but this was a really good one. The one in this book made me realize deeper meaning and uses of having a love triangle in a book. It can give a character a choice--like a crossroads--between, usually, good and evil, heart and expectation, right and wrong. The two choices in Unbreathable were complete opposites of one another, but they were really similar in some ways. It was like Lissa was only in love with one guy, but was torn between the light and dark versions of him. It felt like it was important for Lissa to be torn between two guys.
In short, I thought the love triangle was really done, so please, please don't not-read Unbreathable because you're hesitant about that part of the story.
Why else should you not miss out on this book?
1) The world is so cool. If you like a really interesting and different world, this is the book for you.
2) Strong, admirable heroine. Lissa definitely belongs in the ranks of strong great heroines.
3) Brilliant ending. I love strong conclusions, and this book had one of the. Plus, it was a moment where the strength Lissa had shined. (note: I don't know how much ARCs can change before it's released, but the ending may have changed.)
4) Likable characters. I fount it hard to dislike even the seemingly-all-evil characters.
5) . . . Which reminds me, the evil characters were pretty bad, but they had moments where they seemed to have hearts.
6) I made some connections to two awesome series. The type of love triangle was like the one in Shatter Me, and the world and queen reminded me a little bit of the Lunar Chronicles. So, if you like a book that is a cross between those two series, but is still its own story, you should check this one out!
7) The romance. I forgot to mention just how romantic this book is. It's very swoon-worthy.
8) I don't usually write reviews this long. The fact that I could write all this about a book shows that it was worth my time, and that it will be worth yours, too.
Overall, Unbreathable was a really great book that many readers would enjoy. The combination of the great writing, characters, writing, and world made this book a well worthy read.
Not too long after Hafsah announced her book, I decided I wanted to give a copy of this book away for my birthday theme this month. And now it's time to do that!
Because I really like you international people, this giveaway is open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to you. It's open until Unbreathable releases on October 29th. Read my giveaway policy here.
*If there's a US winner, I may order the book from Amazon if the price is better.