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Suffocate (The Breathless #1)

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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 t...more
ebook, Short story, 30 pages
Published May 21st 2012 by Coleman & Stott (first published May 16th 2012)
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This is an incredibly short novelette but it seriously packs a punch! I loved it. I loved the characters, the world and the twist at the end. The writing was great too! I would gladly read a full length novel set in this world.

I want more!
Both a prison and salvation, the Biome has allowed the continued survival of mankind for centuries on an Earth that’s grown hostile, deadly and barren. However, Eria’s father, a brilliant scientist, has been working on a project that’ll let human begin moving beyond the Biome. It’s a project that promises hope, but that instead delivers catastrophe. In a single moment, Eria’s life alters forever, exposing the dark underbelly of her perfect, snow-globe world and revealing secrets that’ll challeng...more
Eria lives inside the Biome. The Biome is a giant dome that all of the remaining humans inhabit on Earth. It is not safe to travel outside of the dome. However Eria’s father, who is a scientist, has invented the EcoSys Biosuit. Today he is going to try it out. This is huge news because if Eria’s father succeeds then people will be able to venture outside of the dome.

Unfortunately, Eria’s father does not succeed. In fact he combusted in front of her and everyone’s eyes. Eria have an odd feeling...more
Candace (Lovey Dovey Books)
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

Suffocate is a fantastic and quick read! I didn't expect to feel so much from this short story and I wonder how S.R. Johannes was able to give readers so much action in such little time. The most significant aspect of Suffocate is the world building. I could not imagine living in a Biome where everything like air, clothing, and food are all genetically altered or artificial. Johannes puts much detail in the creation of the Biome, but not too much to bore rea...more
what a good writer
very good book
keeps you guessing to the end
i have read 4 of her books and all i can say is
more more write faster
love these books
Jemi Fraser
Wow. Shelli? That ending was KILLER! I want to read part 2 now, please!!
Jose Vieira
Ends a bit too abruptly

This book definitely fit the term short story it appears that when things were starting to get "good" it ends. I personally have no problem waiting 50 pages or so until the book becomes interesting but it was only those 50 pages! It kind of makes me feel like I wasted my time because it is all background information interesting, but to a certain extent. I think the second book would be more of the story itself but you must purchase it. I can only hope that it won't be the...more
It has taken me way too long to read Suffocate by S.R Johannes. I really enjoyed this short story. It was just what I needed to get me back into my reading mood, though not quite my reviewing mood! ;) S.R. has done another amazing job with Suffocate. Sure, the MC in Suffocate seemed a lot like the MC in Untraceable, but that wasn’t that much of a big deal.
The cover is gorgeous. It takes some getting used to, but once you do it really is exceptional.
The book is so short that...more
Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where the only season is summer? It would be! But the world that once was green, full of life is gone. The only weather is dry and deadly. If one inhales the air, they die.

If you mixed Partials , Under the Never Sky, and a smidgen of A Million Suns this would be the ending result. I am simply amazed by this book. Eria has never known life outside the Biome. In a way she and thousands of other live in what is called the Biome. It is their only way to survive...more
Lea (YA Book Queen)
Aug 05, 2012 Lea (YA Book Queen) marked it as to-read
Shelves: for-review, kindle
"They say you don't miss what you never had. But, that doesn't mean I can't miss what life could have been."

Inside the Biome, everyone is safe from the harsh, unlivable climate outside. Yet, Eria longs to go outside, and with her father's newest invention, it may even be possible to do so safely. Excitement is high as Eria's father's big day arrives -- the day he will test the Bio-Suit outside of the Biome. But when everything begins to fall apart, Eria has to move quickly to unravel the lies w...more
Tyler-rose (The Reading Pile)
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Wow, was I shocked when I read this novelette. First of all, I need to say that Suffocate is a novelette, 15,000 words, and a very quick, addictive, fast paced read.

Eria watches as her father steps out into the unknown (ish), out of the Biome wearing the Bio-Suit he created. Every test he'd conducted on the suit had been successful, so when something goes horribly wrong on the day when he finally tests it out for the world (or rather th...more
Amy (Amy's Book Den)
Eria lives inside the Biome, a structure where people have lived since D-day. Several generations have passed since that day, and now Eria's father has finally completed a Bio-suit that will allow them to return to the world outside. A world that its poison and heat. Everyone is celebrating because he will be "the first man to step out of the artificial ecosystem in almost a century." But something goes wrong and in the blink of an eye, her dad to ashes. Literally. Before letting her grief drow...more
Pretty in Fiction
Suffocate by S.R. Johannes is the first novelette in the Breathless series. Suffocate is an action packed thriller filled with twists and turns that are sure to keep you guessing. It's about a girl living in a dome sometime after the earth is declared unlivable. The air unbreathable. You step outside the dome, you die. Only, not everything inside the dome is as it seems...

Eria is a strong character who, despite the tragedies she goes through in such a short amount of time, is desperate to stop a...more
Crystal Holder
I first fell in love with S.R Johannes writing style after reading her book Untraceable. I was very excited to read her newest piece of work Suffocate. The book was very short, however the author managed to pack a lot of excitement into this short story. She quickly captured my interest with her description of the current condition of the world and the ecosphere where people now live. The main character Eria, is a unique character and by the end I felt like I had connected with her character, I...more
SUFFOCATE (The Breathless Novelette Series #1) YA by S.R. Johannes


SUFFOCATE is a short story introducing the premise to S.R. Johannes new young adult The Breathless Novelette series.

Eria Stevenson is excited. Today her father, Dr. Duke Stevenson will step out of the artificial eco-system that for centuries everyone on the planet has called home. The promise of another life outside of the Biome will be greatly increased if the suit lives up to the hype and testing that her father an...more
Liz at Fictional Candy
“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 goo...more
First in the Breathless novelette series, Suffocate does a wonderfully intriguing job of creating a future world, peopling it with characters, and seeding it with questions. The story has a pleasing completeness, like a single episode of a long-running TV series, which bodes well for further novelettes.
Eria’s father is about to be the first person in centuries to leave the Biome and walk in the hotly poisoned air outside. He’s tested and retested his suit, and everyone’s gathered to watch the sp...more
I will be the first to admit that novella's are not really my thing. While, it's nice to pick up something and finish it within a few hours, I just find that there is never enough time to get fully invested in it. And Suffocate...totally changed my thinking! Wow! This one starts with a bang, takes hold and does not let you go. The characters were believable and so engaging. The story line is so utterly up my alley and that ending?? Awesome. I am very excited to see where author S R Johannes take...more
David King
"Suffocate" by S.R. Johannes is a 15,000 word novelette that is the first in a new series of short stories that will explore a dystopian future world. This novel follows Eria who lives within the Biome, a structure that has helped humanity survive over the centuries whilst Earth has grown hostile and barren. Like everyone else, she has never been able to leave the sanctuary of the Biome and longs to visit the world that has long been thought lost. This hope is fuelled by her own father, a brilli...more
If novels are like a television series or mini-series, a novelette is like a single episode. Suffocate didn’t waste any time in getting to the heart of the story: a terrible accident, and Eria’s frantic search to discover what went wrong, accompanied by her father’s intern, Ash. As they search through the mysterious innards of the Biome for the truth, they are pursued by mysterious baddies, and lots of crazy sci-fi discoveries are made amidst nonstop action. There’s even a brief moment of romanc...more
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My Thoughts:

I really love young adult dystopian stories. After reading Untraceable by S.R. Johannes, and loving it, I really wanted to read Suffocate. And while it is a novella, and very short, it is still an excellent read.

The story itself is more fast paced than most dystopian stories. It dives right in to the action and takes us for a ride immediately. Eria faces a very intense situation, and following that she learns some crazy...more
The outside world is a barren desert. All Eria's dad and Ash want to do is build a suit so they can go outside again, out of the Biome. Eria hopes it will work too. Yet, mayhem ensues.

An action packed, fast paced, easy to read narrative fill this short narrative introducing the environment and characters. Characters are authentic for their reality and promise additional growth in future episodes.

Overall, a fun read.
Nicole Sobon
Actual rating: 4.5/5 Stars

SUFFOCATE is an action-packed novelette that will leave readers desperate for more.

SUFFOCATE is the first in a planned novelette series. It is about Eria, a young girl whose world will forever change when her father steps outside of the Bio-Suit. I had a feeling that something bad was coming before Dr. Stevenson stepped outside, but when the truth about his death was revealed, it came as a complete surprise.

I found the world that Johannes created to be well crafted, and...more
This is a short novelette that is fast paced and thrilling. Eria is a bright and strong teenage girl who is excited yet fearful about her father going out into the world that has temperatures of up to 2000 degrees. When tragedy strikes Eria is able to keep her head about her and with the help of Ash, her father's assistant and her best friend, she searches to find what happened to him.

I found Eria and Ash to be strong, young adult characters that were able to keep their wits about them but sti...more
Rhiannon Frater
This is a 3.5 review.

This is an incredibly fast read. It's not very long. Basically it's a long short story, or a short novella.

I really enjoyed the story as a whole. It has a surprising amount of world-building considering how short the story is, but it's never cumbersome. The characters are easy to grasp and understand. The action is swift and exciting. What little romance is in the book feels very real and a bit bittersweet. The big reveal at the end was a nice surprise, though in retrospect...more
Short but memorable

I really enjoyed this novella. The story is quite engaging and the characters are well developed. There are a couple of twists that I didn't see coming at all. You get a wide spectrum of emotions in this quick read, including joy, terror, sadness, hope, loss, and betrayal. I will definitely read more by this author.
Suzanne Miner
Too short

Too short

this is more like a short story with an ending that is excruciating because it really leaves you hanging. I wanted more more more. excellent writing and story telling.
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
The story was engaging and the characters well-fleshed out. The fast pace of the story meant that I finished it in no time. I'm going to look for other books by this author.
intriguing short story of a girl who lives in a biodome after the earth turned uninhabitable. the story revolves around a monumental day in which her father plans to test a suit that could allow people to go outside the dome for the first time in a century. a joyous celebration goes awry when the suit fails, spurring the protagonist to find out what is really going on.
Feb 02, 2014 Bobbi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bobbi by: Author
I don't usually get into the sci-fi books but this one was actually really good and not what I was expecting. I feel for Eria with all of the loss, heartache, new found love, and finding out so many things that are surprising throughout this short story. Not your typical sci-fi short story.
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Somewhere along the way, she got away from nature and earned an MBA in Marketing, kicking off an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America.

Eventually, Shelli traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own...more
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