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 hi ...more
I should start this review with a disclaimer: I am friendly with this author and I have a lot of respect for her as a fellow blogger. However, I hope to review this book with as little bias as possible. Also, this is a review of an early e-ARC and I've been informed that the finished copy may have had a few significant changes. I'll try and indicated that, but I haven't checked the e-ARC against the finished copy, so please keep that in mind while reading this review.
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Lissa (who I pronounce as Lisa and think that Hafsah named after me...hahaha!) is our main character. She makes some discoveries as the book moves along. Some HUGE discoveries! Lissa keeps unveiling more and more of the treachery that is the Jutaire government? Royalty? Whatever you want to call it. Royalty, really. You just don't know about the royal mess until you get farther into the ...more
Lissa's struggle to determine who she is and what she stands for in the midst of total upheaval of the only world she's ever known is absolutely riveting. The author's worldbuilding and descriptions mesmerize while the internal conflicts of the heroine grab hold of the reader's heart. By a third of the way through UNBREATHABLE, I didn't want to put it down; by the last few chapters, nothing could stop me from flipping through the pages to the end. Told in hypnotically poetic prose, UNBREATHABLE ...more
Now...on to the review!
I'm going to stay on topic here, and give you a review filled with substance. Well, I'm going to TRY to stay on topic and give you a review filled with substance. B ...more
This air was different. As unbreathable as it should be, I needed it, desperately wanted it. It was a living thing, caressing my lips, coaxing them open. It wanted to suffocate me. Fill me. Complete me.
Unbreathable had everything you would want in a great piece of YA science fiction - action, complex character relationships, mystery, suspense, and twists that kept adding those little extra sparks along the way.
The fac ...more
The fire crackled. On Jutaire, without oxygen, the fire is different. Fed by different air. 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.
Hafsah’s Unbreathable is a different take on an old premise: aliens, fighting for earth. The difference is, in Unbreathable, the battle isn’t being fought on earth or in space. It’s being fought on another planet. A planet called Jut ...more
The book was.... shit, the plot was shit, the romance was shit, the characters were shit, basically everything was shit. It was such a typical "I don't know you and you want to kill me, but I'm gonna eat your face off anyway" kinda romance AND a love triangle. Like WTF!! Just stick with one guy and stop switching. The characters are so superficial. For example, the main character has never really communicated ...more
I quite liked this book! Not as much as I wanted to though and I know it’s just me. Science Fiction still is a though genre for me to love. So I’d say it’s quite an accomplishment to make me even enjoy the book as much as I did.
I’ll start with telling what I didn't like because I never like to do that and want to get it over with. The writing was okay, nothing wrong with it but the book itself… I found it a little predictable at times, whi ...more
The characters were great. Lissa was a perfect heroine, and Julian and Rowan made for a good (if slightly unusual, imo) love triangle. The other characters were great too - they were as fully developed as the major characters, which is always a great thing! Oh, and the author's casting for Julian? He's gor ...more
And don't get me started on the insta-love and how it was focused on looks, not important stuff like personality. Also, get over his "sea blue eyes". Tha ...more
I came to this realization early in the story, so you probably know how I feel through out the rest of it.
Of course there are some surprises. I like the complexity of a love triangle, I may not understand everything, but that's what I love about it. It's beautiful nonetheless. I cried a couple times. Awes ...more
Full review to come! :D
Our main character, Lissa will spend the first chapter and a half hinting at her conflicted feelings, dropping hints that her father is dead because of her - and pondering the possibility that she is a complete freak. Oh and running through the night like Naruto. A lot.
This is not Earth - it's some red planet calle ...more
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When it comes to sci-fi books I'm a bit hesitant because not everyone can pull it off in a believable way, even less when it involves A LOT of world building. But in this book the author has outdone herself. Any doubts I had of the book were brushed completely once I began it.
Lissa has one more thing left in her life after her dad is killed, Earth, and the mysterious knowledge th ...more
This book was not at all what I expected. I expected sci-fi with a bit of romance, but at some point the themes get lost and we're left with a sort of sick love triangle that I found really off-putting.
This book was gifted to me by my Secret Santa and so I really wanted to like it, or at least finish it, but I just couldn't do either. The premise of the book is good and original, but the execution doesn't do it justice, the characters are shallow and the romance is wrong, it feels like ...more
“And you? What do you want?”...more
I drop down beside him and think, closing my eyes. In the darkness of my closed eyelids and the hushed silence of the night, I see one object.
Round and green and white and blue.
“Earth.” My voice is soft. I turn in time to see something flicker in his eyes. “What about you? What do you want?”
He meets my eyes. Intense. A million words in one penetrating look.
This isn't one of them.
I hated this book. It made me CRINGE SO MUCH! It was unnecessarily fast paced and the love triangle was so corny and made me want to bash Lissa in the head! I forced myself to read this book hoping it'd get better. It never did.
Don't waste your time and money on this story :) ...more
UNBREATHABLE by Hafsah Laziaf was so good, I almost stopped breathing. :) I’m not kidding. Okay, maybe a little, but in all seriousness, UNBREATHABLE was a really good read. It tells the story of a girl who is set on exposing hidden secrets and the reasons why her life is suddenly changing. The story takes place on a whole new world. This time I’m not joking - the story takes place on a planet ...more
On the one hand, I did really enjoy it. I like Laziaf’s writing style; the way it is understated, and smooth. It engaged me from the moment I started reading. I loved Lissa’s character voice, and the way she saw and thought about things.
I adored the descriptions and explanations of Jutaire, the Jute, and the human settlement. The world building was exce ...more
Unbreathable is a breathtaking debut from Hafsah Laziaf. The writing is so beautiful, so captivating. I was enthralled right from the start. No wonder I devoured it within a few hours! I was totally sucked into this riveting plot, and I didn't want to let go.
Earth is supposedly destroyed, and the remaining human population lives on Jutaire, alongside the native Jute. But they can't breathe the toxic air of Jutaire, and have to rely on permanent oxygen masks. The ...more
As soon as I read the blurb for Unbreathable I knew I wanted to read it! I've always been a huge science fiction fan and there's not enough Sci-fi in YA for my taste (though that seems to be changing!) and when I saw that cover... goodness, instant cover lust!
Since I want to make sure I don't spoil your enjoyment of the book, I'll try to keep myself away from ...more
First of all, while the authour's language was great and there were many beautiful descriptive scenes, the sentence structure bugged me. The sentences were all too short. For me personally, it made any reading flow impossible because those five word sentences just made for a doggerel reading, not a fluid, effortless flow of words. If there would have just been some longer sentences it would have made a lot of difference.
I also had problems with the pa ...more