In Breathe Crossan imagines a future without trees, leaving an atmosphere too lacking in oxygen for humans to survive outside the “Pod”.
Inside, status allows access to air; oxygen consumption is measured by the government and the corporation Breathe that owns the air. The story is told in three voices: Quinn the son of a Breathe executive and one of the Premium elite; Bea, his friend and Auxiliary, who hopes to improve her status through education and playing the system; and Alina, also an Auxiliary, determined to repopulate the planet with trees and to destroy Breathe. At the end all three are different people, their world physically and metaphorically changed. This is an exciting adventure that raises several issues, but it is the adventure that is Breathe’s the main driving force.