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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review: Suffocate by SR Johannes


Title: Suffocate
Series: The Breathless #1
Author: SR Johannes
Published: May 21st 2012 by Coleman & Stott
Format: Ebook provided for review
Tour: No


Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.

For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy in her perfect bubble. If those responsible find out what she knows, they won't stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.

“For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable.”

And with that we are introduced to this dystopian society. Post-apocalyptic? I’m not sure. I don’t think that was really said. And that’s the one thing that wasn’t answered for me in this novelette. How did the world become this way? You can’t go outside the Biome or you will burn to death in searing heat. I can only imagine that information will come out as the series moves on.

As for Suffocate, I am totally impressed. I love a good dystopian book, and SR Johannes does it well. Eria (bonus points on the name, btw) is a young woman, but she’s not a child. She’s not to be underestimated. And when the bad thing happens and shit gets real, she doesn’t collapse and cry “why me?!?” She gets up and handles business. I like her, and I can’t wait to see more of her.

This story is bringing about a great promise of a series. It’s set up perfectly. People have died, secrets have been uncovered, and the line in the sand is most definitely drawn. Genetically modified food, meatless meals, artificial sun and oxygen, purified water. But the Biome is not quite the utopia the people in charge want you to think it is. Oh yes, I am very eager to read the rest of this series!

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