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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  55 reviews
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 hi
ebook, 379 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Hybrid Fiction (first published October 23rd 2013)
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Steph Sinclair
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who prefer their sci-fi with a stronger romantic focus
Actual rating: 1.5 stars

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.

Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, but rounding up!

Check out the original post on my blog for a chance to win a copy of UNBREATHABLE!
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
LeighAnn Kopans
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Space is like the next frontier of YA or something, which is where Unbreathable takes place. Jutaire is a Mars-like planet where humans now reside along side, but separate from, the native Jute. It is said that Earth was destroyed, so when Lissa and her father catch a glimpse of the planet, they need to be silenced. Her father is put to death, but Lissa is special. Humans and Jute alike need her for something. Something involving Earth. Both sides want to use her, so Lissa needs to decide who's ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, a word to the author, Hafsah. I respect and admire how brave you were when it came to trusting us, those who are close to you, with reading and JUDGING your baby, Unbreathable. Thank you for having that courage, because you really are talented and I'm so damn happy I was given the chance to read it.

Now...on to the review!

ready to part-eeeey

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
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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
Jessica Brooks
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

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
Nov 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I expected this book to be a cute read like the Juliette Chronicles but the reality....

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
Istyria book blog - B's world of enchanted books

3.5 stars

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
Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
Unbreathable was a great book with a various cast of interesting characters, plenty of action and amazing moments, beautifully written and with an aesome story. I fell in love first with the cover which is gorgeous, the when I started reading I just couldnt put it down, it was so well paced and interesting. I liked Lissa and how she matured and grew strong after the death of a man who raised her and how she always had hope. I loved Julian who is so brave and sweet and caring. I loved Slate, who ...more
Brett Jonas
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
From the moment I started reading it to the moment I closed the app, Unbreathable held me in a spell. The characters, the world building, the romance... it was everything I thought it would be.

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
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, read-arcs
I wanted to like this, I really did. But there were just so many things that I didn't like. I loved the idea of this book, but I found it poorly executed. It was very disorganized at the beginning; Lissa was in her house and then the next paragraph, she would be out in the market facing off teenage boys. It was confusing and hard to understand.
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
Fida Islaih
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Right as I finished reading it I wanted to reread it. From the beginning of the story you are already captivated by the big and little things that are happening. I love the voice! It's poetic.

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
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Ahhh!!!! Why have I been letting this sit on my Kindle unread for so long?!! I am so glad that I finally picked up Unbreathable because it was amazing!!! I loved the world-buidling, the characters, the story itself, and the writing!! Everything was absolutely fantastic!! :D I seriously CANNOT wait to read the sequel! I was more Julian and Lissa!!! :D I loved this one so much!

Full review to come! :D
Alex B.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
UNBREATHABLE is an awesome story with deep characters. The story sucks you in from the very beginning.
Shannon (Twilight Sleep)
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING. Review to come.
C.G. Drews
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Looooooved. Epic setting, totally fresh! Full review to come.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Simone S.
I could do a review of 'How I felt as I read each plot point' or I could do 'Everything wrong with __' or 'chapter by chapter wtf commentary' ..... Let's be cynical and do the latter.

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
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
You can find more of my reviews on my co-owned blog Boricuan Bookworms

ARC Provided by Author in exchange of review

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
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF at 64%

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
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
More reviews can be seen on: Boricuan Bookworms

“And you? What do you want?”
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.
Loved it! The plot was awesome, loved every single concept/plot/characters the book had. The only thing I didn't like is that since is is a stand alone book, there is a lack of details and clarity sometimes which really bugged me since this would be a truly awesome story if it had a little more explanation/world building/character development. However, despite that I really did like this book and thought it had some great sci-fi concepts. If your looking for a quick read while you hunt for anoth ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ugh. There might be billions of books out there that have the same dystopian plot line but few people can actually write it different and make you feel for the characters and storyline.

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 :)
Monique G
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Not a bad book, but I've been wanting to read this title for some time. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype I had created in my mind. ...more
Emz Chang
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books, fantasy
*Note I received an eARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.*

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
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arcs, young-adult
I have some conflicting feelings towards Unbreathable. So I am kind of going to break this review into two parts, which I have never done before.

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
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at City of Books

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
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Unbreathable in a Twitter contest done by the author but that didn't influence my opinion on this book.

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
The Glassed And The Furious
I really couldn't quite get into this book.
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
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“I saw the Earth, yes. I saw the colors so magnificent, so vivid, so real. It was hope so large and round, green and blue.” 9 likes
“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.” 7 likes
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