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Dystopian, Speculative

Misery May – Sarah Crossen – Breathe

photo-6(1)This would be good for Misery May – a follow up to the Misery March (Dystopian) blog of last year. Breathe is about a world without sufficient oxygen. So everyone lives in air rich pods and are taxed according to their air consumption.  For Auxiliaries (third class people) there is not enough air to allow exertion whereas the rich (Premiums) can go jogging and the like.  There are the typical government secrets and corruption elements within the story but what resonated with me was the idea of what will happen if we don’t start doing something about population, pollution, environmental damage and so on.  I am currently teaching a Geography unit on Population and it is startling how unsustainable our current population in terms of its impact on the environment and so  it is difficult to imagine a happy future for us in terms of water, air, plants etc. This book picks up on that idea.  Read more at


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I am a secondary English/History teacher (BA DipEd, MA (Education) and a Teacher Librarian (MEd). I LOVE to research and through this site aim to -Support the introduction of the Australian Curriculum (especially in History) through sourcing quality and varied internet based sources (research guides) - Support teachers through conducting education based literature reviews - Provide suggestions on useful Web 2.0 tools - Offer other services such as curriculum writing, library collection assessment, novel recommendations (see my blog


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