Friday, November 9, 2012

Review of The Breeders by Katie French

Synopsis: "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: Now that is a Dystopian novel!! I may be new to the genre but after reading Hunger Games and Divergent, then following with The Breeders, I think this is what the genre should be! Katie French really sucks you into the book and makes you feel that absolute terror and hopelessness, not to mention determination! I am sure there are all kinds of statements and warnings about science and politics but I didn't really pay attention because I was so into the story and the characters. I love Riley, her toughness is unbelievable and I adore Ethan, he is tough in his own way. Honestly how could anyone not fall in love with Clay?! And Wow the adventure and horrible decisions they each have to make! The end leaves us kind of hanging out there wondering if there is a happy ending or if the nightmares continue. LOVED it and the way it makes my heart race!
My Rating: I can't recommend this book enough, especially for dystopian fans! I give it a rating Four Paws and a Stump Wag!


  1. AH! This one sounds amazing. I love a good dystopian novel, and one that has great characters, a love interest you fall in love with, and adventure? I believe I'm going to be splurging... Great review! :D

    1. Definitely one to splurge on!! Its the best I have read so far!!