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Publication date: December 11th 2014, The Writer's Coffee Shop
My rating: 5 stars
"Everything about Seventeen’s life is perfect, from her genetics, to her home in Sanctuary, to her status as a Breeder in the Unified World Order. But all that changes when she meets a rogue Enforcer named Pax, who infiltrates Sanctuary and targets her for extraction from the Controlled Repopulation Program. Pax seems to know a little too much about her, and he plants dangerous doubts in her mind that accuse Sanctuary of hiding a dark secret, and that cause Seventeen to question everything she’s ever known.
When Seventeen’s life is threatened, she has little choice but to run away from Sanctuary with Pax. But for Breeders, contact with men is forbidden by law, and even the simple act of taking Pax’s hand is treason.
Mired in confusion, Seventeen travels with Pax to the outside world and takes the name Pria, the identity of her childhood. But she is far from certain she’s made the right decision when they discover an entire community of people who should no longer exist.
Seventeen, now Pria, is thrust into a position as a key player in a dangerous bid to bring down the Unified World Order. Meanwhile, Pax’s attachment to her and her growing attraction to him contribute to the ever-growing mysteries in her life.
Pria’s journey from a sheltered, naïve Breeder to a rebel agent requires not only external transformation but self-discovery. As her world crumbles, Pria must decide who she is and what she really believes.
But the truth comes at a cost, and uncovering it will require a greater treason than she could ever have imagined."
If you are familiar with the work of K.B. Hoyle, you probably know that she has a way with words - The Getaway Chronicles was a compelling story about a girl and her friends who find out about hidden world for which they believed existed only in fairy tales. It was perfect series for younger and older readers. Today, she is giving us completely new story- Breeder is a first novel in new The Breeder Cycle series.
Why should you read this book?
- Intriguing idea. I've noticed that several readers compared this book with the TV show Dollhouse. I haven't watched it yet, but Breeder reminded me of one other show - The Lottery. Controlled reproduction and playing with human genome after the world wide disaster. At least, Breeder started like that. I was scared in which direction storyline would go because it was kind of too familiar, but I shouldn't have doubted. What happened next left me with my mouth open and at loss of words. And that twist in the end? Oh my God, wait until you read that!
- Strong characters. Both Pria and Pax will get your attention from the very first page. It is hard to find unique characters in dystopian (or any other) genre, but these two come close to that. Only thing two of them want is to find a place where they can be themselves and not what is expected of them to be, but to accomplish that goal, there is much harder task before Pria and Pax. Especially Pria. I liked how quickly she managed to fit in to the outside world and still not change completely. Also, if you're afraid that there will be a romance to ruin it all - don't be. Love is not the main focus of this book.
- Action-packed. You will bite your nails and pull your hair. Breeder is quick and fun read that will keep you on your toes until the very end and then make you demand the sequel as soon as possible.
- It will make you think... about some of your own views as well as things our society teaches us. What we accept as "normal" and many other things we take for granted.
Final judgement? New K.B. Hoyle novel is a perfect choice for fans of dystopian novels, even for those who think how there can't possibly be any new premise when it comes to this genre. Breeder will surprise you.
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
K.B. Hoyle is a bestselling author, a public speaker, a creative writing instructor, and a classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative and fantasy tales for people of all ages. She has been married since the age of twenty to the love of her life, with whom she has four wonderful children. Find out more about her at www.kbhoyle.com.
Praise for Breeder
"Breeder was anything but a let down. The characters were extremely well written, making me able to empathize with Pria and Pax and the situation they find themselves in. I kept turning the pages because I just had to find out what happened to these people and, to my shock, finished the book in a day! " - Angela Goodreads Review
*Copy of this book was provided by publisher, The Writer's Coffee Shop, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*