Author: S.R. Johannes
Published: May 21st 2012
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
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Caution: May contain spoilers
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.
The 2nd novelette in the series, CHOKE, is scheduled for June 2013. The 3rd, EXHALE, is scheduled for Winter 2013.
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 things about herself, and about life in the Biome. Not only that but there's a nice little bit of sexual tension between her and Ash, her father's assistant, and you guys know how much I love that. Within a matter of a few hours, things change drastically. And when you reach the end, you want to know what will happen next.
Suffocate was a great start to the series. It got me interested right away. The only thing I would have liked to see is the story being more detailed. I know, it's a novella, but it would have been awesome to see a little more to it, like some build up to this day. But, if that's my only complaint, that's a good thing. I really enjoyed this and can't wait to see what happens in Choke, the second book in this series.