PJV Quickie: An intriguing and action packed Young Adult Dystopian, The Breeders by Katie French did not hold anything back. There were a few issues with me, but other then that, I’m glad I read The Breeders and look forward to the next book in the series.[frame align=”left”][/frame]
YA Dystopian Novel,
The Breeders by Katie French.
Title: The Breeders
Author: Katie French
Type: Young Adult Dystopian
Publication: August 1st 2012
The Breeders was sprung from what I like to call the “Western Dystopians” where the future is more like a flash back to the old American West instead of scifi based like other dystopians. It is a unique trope in the genre, but it has some big names to deal with it that a lot of readers might compare it to, much like the best-selling Dust Land series by Moira Young. They even start very similarly, with raiders on the horizon and a dust cloud approaching. Besides that beginning association with Blood Read Road, The Breeders diverges and forms into a very unique story that is quite compelling and varied from the path that I thought it would take. Katie French, the author kept me guessing around every turn and I had to say this is one of the most unpredictable YA dystopians I’ve ever read.
Usually the lack of predictability in a book is usually from a flat character that I’m unable to understand, but this wasn’t the case with Riley, the heroine of The Breeders. Riley was a great dystopian character, stubborn, hard and a tad-bit naive in all the right places.
Riley is kept in hiding because she is a female and highly sought after for her “breeding” ability.
Her mother was a breeder and escaped and now Riley is forced to hide that she is a girl and run and hide every time strangers come around. One day it is the Sheriff and his group of men that come to their door, including the handsome Clay who had caught her eye in town. Riley and Ethan hide, scared as they hear gunshots and screams, but know they can’t show themselves or Riley will be taken too. When they finally emerge, they find Riley’s stepfather dead and her mother and Aunt taken. They are alone.
The next day, Clay, to make up for his assistance in the raid begins leaving food at their door. He knew Riley and Ethan were their, but he kept quiet. He doesn’t think Riley is a girl though, he thinks she is a mutation, neither girl nor boy, what they call Benders. But, he wants to help – and what Riley wants is to get her mother back. But, her mother is with the Breeders and there is no going against the Breeders. Riley has to try though.
It was a very scary ride, Riley, Clay and Ethan go from one traumatic experience to the next. Everything is trying to kill, rape or murder one of them, until finally you reach the end and you are just like “whoa.” French sure knows how to build suspense! What I also liked was that everything was wrapped up in the end, so while I do believe it is a series, it doesn’t force you to read so many books to get the whole story.
I did fine some issues that could easily be fixed with a good editor, tenses, word usage…that sort of thing. The editing was not bad though, nothing that popped me out of the story, but I did notice a few things. Then the ending, I had a few issues with the ending, just how everything came together in a neat little package, and the descriptions were just a little silly at times…think Scooby Do meets Matrix. The bad-guys are confessing their evil-deeds while the hero is “watching” bullets fly by and dodging them. The book was great, I just couldn’t figure where the ending came from.
Overall a very competent addition to the Young Adult Dystopian genre with great characters and a plot that keeps you guessing and your heart-beating quickly.
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In middle school she spent her free time locked in her room, writing her first young adult novel. Though her social life suffered, her love for literature thrived. She studied English at Eastern Michigan University, where she veered from writing and earned an education degree. She spent nine years teaching high school English.
Currently she is a school counselor, doing a job that is both one of the hardest things she’s ever done and the most rewarding. In her free time she writes, reads great books and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. She is a contributor and co-creator of Underground Book Reviews, a website dedicated to erasing the boundaries between traditional and non-traditional publishing. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.
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