Friday, October 4, 2013

Trailer Review: UNBREATHABLE by Hafsah Laziaf

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 his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can--and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.

But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game--one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they'll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process.

The race for Earth has begun.


The beginning of this trailer is quiet and spooky, much like space seems to me. The music isn't truly music, but a mixture of sounds that cause your spine to tingle with anticipation. I love the main circle image that pops up from time to time throughout the trailer, with its gorgeous color and the lens flare that truly makes it feel like a space novel. However, my favorite part is when we're zooming through the stars. (Reminds me of that old Windows screen saver.)

The beginning lines are pretty fantastic: Earth destroyed? Neat. However, it's the line "Galileo discovered Earth" that really hooks me. I was under the impression this was a futuristic novel (and it probably is) but it also leads me to wonder if this Galileo is the original (and maybe he was cryogenically frozen), if he's reborn, or is someone new entirely.

The lines used in the trailer give me just enough of an inkling to know what the book is about, but also leave just enough out to make me want to read and discover what's so special about Lissa and her blood.

Finally, my favorite thing is that the humans and the Jute are racing to get Earth. So often, there seems to be a race for another planet...not one we've already been on. Brava, Ms. Laziaf!

Final rating: Five out of five stars.

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