Jan 1, 2014

Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf


Hafsah Laziaf
Unbreathable #1
October 29, 2013

Publisher:  Hybrid Fiction

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. 



What I Thought

I was first intrigued by the cover of the book. It is so beautiful, how could the book be anything but wonderful. Yes, now you know, I do judge books by their covers. I know I shouldn't, but come on, look at the cover! 

I thought that the story was excellent! Very original and unique. The characters were loveable and you are instantly drawn in with their personalities.  

The writing on the other hand could have been a bit more developed. I spotted several spelling errors, grammatical errors, and other stuff like that. I know that we are only human and humans do make mistakes (I'm sure the Jute make mistakes too). The writing was also very repetitive and I didn't think it flowed like it should in some places.

During the first half I was dragging, wanting to read it, but not really wanting to read it at the same time. Once all the action picked up it was a major page turner. 

I will still be waiting for the second book, I am very curious to read more about Lissa and what happens in book two. The expected publication is sometime in 2014.

I am awarding this book three stars. 

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