- Release Date: December 11 , 2014
- Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
- Genre: Fiction: Dystopian
- ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-292-1
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.
~~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.
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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
My Review of BREEDER
Dystopia and post-apocalyptic seem to be all the rage in popular literature right now. This could, and probably does mean, that there’s a lot to sift through until you find real gems. K.B. Hoyle’s “Breeder” is one of those gems.
Set in the Rocky Mountains, “Breeder” is the story of a post-apocalyptic world in which the vast majority of the world’s population has been wiped out due to three Devastations. The new Unified World Order (UWO) keeps strict control of the remaining people, assigning everyone to the job they’re deemed most suited for and making sure no one strays from that path. One of the more horrific and still intriguing aspects of life under the UWO is that of Sanctuary – the small communities of young women deemed best able to be the best… Breeders and able to produce offspring who are near genetic perfection, with proper genetic contributions from carefully selected me, of course. The women in Sanctuary are kept drugged and ready to bear children for the state. What happens to the children, especially those that don’t meet the exacting standards of the UWO, isn’t always clear but it is just clear enough to be horrific.
Pria, the Breeder on whom the story is centered, asks too many questions. She thinks beyond the world she’s been told to accept. Until Pax comes along, though, she can’t think of what to be different.
Pax, and this book is a perfect love story – slow and unsure at times but seemingly stronger all the time, has infiltrated Sanctuary to get a Breeder out. His reasons for wanting to steal a Breeder, although he refers to it as saving, seem clear cut enough – he can’t join a renegade group without bringing them a Breeder, but he seems passionately conflicted at times.
Pria and Pax quickly realize they have the same goals: to live outside the UWO and to find a Nest of renegades who don’t conform and are trying undermine all that the UWO stands for. Pria’s eyes are opened by the genetically “imperfect” people who do exist despite all that she was taught. She discovers a world that she loves, a world that she would do anything to preserve. And she does.
There a few things that can be tip-offs as to how good a book really is. One the things that I noticed reading “Breeder” is that at the 60% mark I thought to myself “This really can’t be wrapped up in this book… can it?” Then at 80% I thought “No, no, this cannot be wrapped up. There’s going to be a second book to finish this story.” And then at 95% I said “Please let it not be that long until the next book comes out!”
I was a little upset that it said the second part comes out in 2015 but then I realized it’s November so now I’m just hoping it’s not that late in 2015 that I get to finish the story.
(I received a copy of “Breeder” through NetGalley in exchange for an honest & original review. My review will be cross-posted on NetGalley, Goodreads, and my blog.)