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The Breeders Series 

Prequel Novelette: Nessa: A Breeders Story 
Book 1: The Breeders 
Book 2: The Believers 
Book 3: The Benders 
Book 4: The Brothers
Book 5: Coming Soon!
Additional Novelette: Plan B: A Breeders Story

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  • File Size: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RH5MFQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katie French imagined herself an author when her poem caught the eye of her second grade teacher. It was about birds and frankly, it wasn't very good, but it sparked a love of literature. In middle school she spent her free time locked in her room, writing her first young adult novel. This thoroughly solidifying her status as a class-A nerd. She currently works as a high school English teacher, a job that she loves even when it exhausts her. In her free time she writes, reads great books, and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. Her young adult best selling series, The Breeders, is available now on Amazon. You can find her at www.katiefrenchbooks.com.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By The Book Runner on August 11, 2012
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This is an Excellent book that should be published the writing is that compelling and suspenseful. I really enjoyed Riley as a main character and, in a lot of ways, she reminded me of Gaia from Birthmarked (Birthmarked Trilogy (Quality)). Katie French is a new author for me and I will be looking to see what else she writes - hopefully with more romance next time!

Riley and her 8 year old brother Ethan live in the future when the population has become very male dominated, with very few females. The females are collected by the Breeders and imprisoned in hospitals where they are impregnated with female fetuses in order to save the human race. Riley's mother and Aunt have escaped from the Breeders and have tried to keep her hidden by dressing her up as a boy and living 4 hours from communities, but Riley feels like she is imprisoned and laments in typical teenage fashion, "Love for me is like the sunset; beautiful from afar, but I can never touch it. Love is ancient history. I get safety instead."

When Riley's step dad is falsely accused of stealing, Riley breaks him out of jail with the help of the hunky Clay, a young boy who is second in command of the law. Later, though, Clay is there when her family is attacked, locking her in a cellar, and then coming back for her days later. Riley is furious with Clay, but ends up fleeing with him and her brother in search of her mother. Clay thinks Riley is "a bender" a mutated being that is neither male nor female and who are despised by everyone and has no idea she is really a girl, a fact that she is not going to correct as girls are sold to the Breeders for a lot of money.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kimmie on October 7, 2012
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This book really made me think of how screwed i would be if i lived in this timeline. A lot of the sentence structures were simple. "The cat was small. He chased the ball. The ball rolled away. ." (just an example) Many people complained about this in the reviews... but the character was simple. She didn't have the education nor experience to speak like a grown adult. Not to mention her world consisted of 4 people and a cow. I thought this book was well written. I couldn't stop reading till I finished the book. If this were a movie, I would pay to watch it :-) I wonder what other books this author has. I'm gonna check it out.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ocean_Angel on August 4, 2012
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Wow, just wow! I started reading the sample for The Breeders and before I was even halfway through it, I stopped and bought the book - I was completely enthralled after the first few pages.

The author has done an incredible job of capturing the true essence of a lawless society where girls are a rare commodity and worth so much money that they are relentlessly pursued and sold to the Breeders like livestock... and that isn't even the half of it. Throw in roving gangs, corrupt "lawmen" and a society filled with men completely devoid of any normal morals or values and you have one heck of a crazy world to navigate. There are moments in this book where I quite literally stopped breathing in anticipation of what was to come next. I actually felt my heart rate go up a few times as well. There are so many situations that you never see coming and, combined with the author's relentless writing style, the story never slows down and you have no time to catch your breath. That's a good thing - this is an action packed book.

Riley is a heroine who is so far from perfect that she might as well be in another galaxy. Fortunately, that is one of the things that is most endearing about her. With her heart in the right place she makes so many mistakes, huge mistakes but, if all else fails, at least she makes them for the right reasons and she usually recognizes her errors in judgement shortly after the fact - it would be really hard not to! She just seems to have a mostly non-existent sense of self-preservation that takes more hits than I can count. Her love for her family is the most important catalyst in her life and she will stop at nothing to keep them safe or to find them when they are lost.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2013
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Wow, I thought this would be a semi-interesting, somewhat dark young adult novel- I was wrong.

The subject matter is very disturbing, so should be deeper than it was.

I did suspect the author would pull a few punches given the intended audience, but come on! There were no consequences, none. No genuine horror moments nor affecting human connections. The dialogue fell short of authentic Southern slang, and instead just sounded unintelligent (there is a difference). Also, the main character was not likable, strong, dynamic, or particularly interesting. And as for the love interest, also 2D and blah.

I am of the firm belief that young adult does not have to mean bad writing or weak plot points, but this was basically the embodiment of every negative critique people have about the genre. And I enjoy dystopian love stories, I tend to cut them a lot of slack. This had a lot of potential to explore uncomfortable issues, but completely missed the point of all of that.

I have never reviewed before, but wow, this was disappointing. Not good. Don't bother.
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Absolutely. At least one more. I'm working hard to finish book two and hope to have it ready by the end of summer.
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