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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Review: The Breeders by Katie French

Genre: Young Adult (Dystopian/Romance)
Date Published: August 1, 2012
Publisher: Self

The Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world's last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches-- moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders' long reach. The Breeders control everything- the local war lords, the remaining factories, the fuel. They have unchecked power in this lawless society. And they're hunting Riley.

When the local Sheriff abducts the adult members of her family and hands her mother over to the Breeders, Riley and her eight-year-old brother, Ethan, hiding in a shelter, are left to starve. Then Clay arrives, the handsome gunslinger who seems determined to help to make up for past sins. The problem is Clay thinks Riley is a bender-- a genderless mutation, neither male nor female. As Riley's affection for Clay grows she wonders can she trust Clay with her secret and risk her freedom?

The three embark on a journey across the scarred remains of New Mexico-- escaping the Riders who use human sacrifice to appease their Good Mother, various men scrambling for luck, and a deranged lone survivor of a plague. When Riley is shot and forced into the Breeder's hospital, she learns the horrible fate of her mother—a fate she'll share unless she can find a way out.

My Review:
The Breeders by Katie French was a different kind of read for me. One thing I really enjoy about dystopian novels, is you can usually see the potential for something like them to really happen. the breeders was no exception. This world was a brutal place where only the strong survive. Females are an endangered species, and if found they are stuck in a life with the Breeders, which isn't at all pleasant.

Riley was a strong character. She was only sixteen and finds herself trying to keep herself and her young brother alive. She's not perfect, and her youth works against her, but this makes her feel realistic. Clay wasn't perfect either. He made mistakes, and he owns up to them. I love him for that. He was a unique type of swoon worthy, but swoon worthy none the less.

My main issue had to do with the breeders' facility vs the outside world. Within the breeders' facility, you have technology and advancements, but the outside world has next to nothing. Where did all the technology go? Even the simpler technologies, like electricity or running water. Most people don't have these things. What happened to it? I'm hoping this might be revealed in future books.

The author is descriptive, and I love that she doesn't go overboard with it. She gives you a clear picture of the setting and what's going on. She makes it easy to visualize. The story grabbed me on many levels. I'm anxious for more by this author.

The Breeders by Katie French was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Check out my review of the next book in this series!

About the Author:
Katie French is the author of The Breedersa Young Adult dystopian adventure, and Nessa: A Breeders Story, a prequel novelette both available on Amazon. Her sci fi romance, Eyes Ever to the Sky, released May 13th.You can find her on her website, or like her on Facebook or Twitter

Check out my interview with the author plus her guest post!

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