Book Review: The Breeders

The Breeders (Breeders #1)
by Katie French

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.

Lori's thoughts: This book is free right now and is part one in a several book series. I thought the premise sounded good, so I decided to read it. It's a pretty good book, and I really enjoyed it. I haven't decided to download the next one in the series yet, but I am curious to see where things go from here. Book one didn't end in a complete cliffhanger, but it does leave you wanting to know what's next. The only reason I didn't give the book five hearts is because it reminded me of the wild west. Cowboy hats and all. I half expected to see a horse or two show up. I have a hard time combining dystopian with cowboys and gunslingers and shucks ma'am, but that's probably just me. Clay's a pretty great guy, and Riley was tolerable, although I wanted to shake some sense into her a few times.

If you're looking for a quick, action-packed read, this is a good one. Don't expect much romance. I suspect that might be more developed later in the series.

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