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The Breeders: (Young Adult Dystopian) [Kindle Edition]

Katie French
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“When the Breeders come for ya, there ain't no escape. They strap ya to a bed and all ya hear is the thud of your heart and the cries of your friends as they wheel ya down to hell. Then the doctors come. You squeeze your eyes shut and pray you can forget. But ya never do.”

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 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.

The Breeders Series

Prequel Novelette: Nessa: A Breeders Story
Book 1: The Breeders

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Kindle Book Review, 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist

About the Author

Katie French imagined herself an author when her poem caught the eye of her second grade teacher. 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. You can find her at, at or on Facebook. 

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  • File Size: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1300136812
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RH5MFQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nail Biter! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner October 7, 2012
By kimmie
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book - Dark, Edgy & Brave 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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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it even if it was free... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Breeders!!
I loved this story! It griped me and yanked me in. Time is a little off but who cares. It never stopped for a moment. I read it without putting it down.
Published 5 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very different and very exciting!
Published 10 days ago by sara mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Different
A darker side to this dystopian story, but very original story line. It's the second time I've read the first book in this series, I read a lot of books, and rarely re-read a book,... Read more
Published 11 days ago by lovemybookaddiction
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
I enjoyed this book because it was unlike anything I had read. I love the way the hospital tied into their lives.
Published 1 month ago by Michele Zipke
4.0 out of 5 stars #freethebreeders
Fabulous story about a post apocalyptic time where women are rare and highly coveted. Briley must conceal her female curves under binding and wear her hair short to pass as a 16... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TracyD
3.0 out of 5 stars REALLY SLOW
Published 1 month ago by b hodge
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy read story line kept my attention with twists and turns I will read the next in the series
Published 1 month ago by Carolynn
3.0 out of 5 stars This was interesting...
I really don't know what to say about this story. It was good. A little mature for young adult I think. I don't know. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M5eickhoff
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not crazy about it.
I thought The Breeders was a bit on the slow side. Not really much of anything happened until half way though the book. However, the writing itself was good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome futuristic story of love
Love finds a way in this story. Set in the future with everything going wrong. With a constant battle for food, water, and safety, this story will keep you riveted till the end.
Published 1 month ago by kyra drew
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More About the Author

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

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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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