Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 8V5.458771
In this thrilling sci-fi adventure, epic danger and impossible odds are no match for one girl's courage!

Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from World War III. But adventurous Hope is terrible at inventing. She would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath, the deadly band of air that surrounds the town.

When bandits invade White Rock to steal its greatest invention—priceless antibiotics—the town is left with a heartbreaking choice: hand over the medicine and die from disease, or die fighting the bandits. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Now Hope and her friends Aaren and Brock are only ones who can escape through the Bomb’s Breath.

For once, the daring and rebelliousness that usually get Hope into trouble might just save them all.


A Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Award Selection

“Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one.” —Publishers Weekly
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on September 24, 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0307981274
ISBN-13: 9780307981271
3 Book Reviews
  • shinningboy234
    shinningboy234Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:40 am22 stars
    I did not know why they start you off at the bomb's breath, but once I read on I found out what they were doing.
    • lolo2006
      lolo2006Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 11:11 am44 stars
      Really good book
      • lolo2006
        lolo2006Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm44 stars
        This is a really good book that I enjoyed reading