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The Breeders

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The storm has come. The homosexuals, once an ostracized social minority, have taken over the world. They understood the dangers of an overpopulated planet, usurped government power, and created a culture of perfectly engineered families. But Grace Jarvis and Dex Wheelock are heterosexuals--part of the government’s highly controlled backup plan for reproduction--and they ha ...more
Paperback, First Trade Paperback Edition, 414 pages
Published 2012 by Epicality Books
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
I couldn't believe I had missed out on reading this one when I saw it's publishing date! How had I not heard of it? I love dystopia! The cover features a large iceberg and a rainbow over it. Upon reading the book I came to the conclusion that this could be Sanctuary, the place people are sent if they disobey the governments laws. The cover certainly attracted my eyes and then when I read the Blurb I knew I just had to read this book!

The genres listed for this book are LGBTQIA and Literary Fictio
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually finished The Breeders by Matthew J. Beier a few days ago, but wanted to sit on it for a bit before reviewing. This one is a deep thinker in some ways, and I'm glad I waited.

As others have mentioned, this is marketed as a LGBT novel, but I would absolutely change that and market it as Dystopian. Others have summed up the plot well, so I won't go into detail to sum it up again, but you have to understand going in that the overall arc to this one is that the govt is made up and ruled by
Bob Milne
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
For a book I almost gave up on after the first 100 page, The Breeders turned out to be a rather engrossing read. I still think it's a bit over-the-top in its satire, and too extreme in its swing towards homosexual tyranny, but Matthew J. Beier has written a politically charged sci-fi thriller than manages to both provoke and entertain.

In Beier's bleak future, humanity is struggling to recover from the brink of extinction, brought upon itself by overpopulation, religious oppression, and civil war
Susan Angela Wallace
The breeders by Mathew J Beier.
This was a good read with likeable characters.
The storm has come. The homosexuals, once an ostracized social minority, have taken over the world. They understood the dangers of an overpopulated planet, usurped government power, and created a culture of perfectly engineered families. But Grace Jarvis and Dex Wheelock are heterosexuals—part of the government’s highly controlled backup plan for reproduction—and they have a problem:
Slow book so took my time. Just cou
Caitlyn Lynch
Aug 04, 2018 rated it did not like it

It's in the LGBTQIA section on NetGalley. The protagonists are heterosexual and the gays are the VILLAINS. All I have to do is read the blurb for it to be clear that the author is ragingly homophobic.

Imagine if the book was listed in 'black fiction' and the protagonists were white, struggling against their black overlords in a dystopian future.

Does that feel icky? If not, congratulations, you're racist too.


(I me
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise was promising, but no believable follow through. Do not recommend unless you can pick it up as a freebie.
Ty Crisp
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Breeders by Matthew J. Beier is a heart wrenching story of love and hope. The author manages to weave an intimate tale of lovers while making a vast foray into controversial social issues and life values. Published in 2012, The Breeders has the potential to become a modern classic. Within its pages lies discovery and realization on an unprecedented level, one that could strongly impact culture and make one think twice about the fundamental values of being human.

As a dystopian thriller, The B
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia-utopia, lgbt
It sounds like a really amazing idea for a dystopian (utopian?) book: what if heterosexuals were actually the discriminated and ridiculed minority, only left alive to help breed babies for the homosexual ruling majority? And then what if their genetic engineering research progresses far enough to be able to abolish semen-donors and surrogate mothers all-together? For a good portion of the novel, this concept works well in showing the still far-reaching discrimination - subtle or violent - that m ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was intrigued by the premise of this book but then found myself struggling with the slow-moving pace of this never-ending 424 page futuristic novel. I realize the author was trying to make some important points. It really bothered me he used so many of what are still considered, hateful gay slurs, as matter-of-fact appropriate descriptions for homosexual life. Normally when I read, I find myself closely identifying with at least one of the characters propelling me into the book. I couldn't fin ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was much that I thought was interesting in this satire of the future where the homosexuals have become the dominant controlling political establishment after the world was consumed by overpopulation wars. But at the same time, there was so much I hated. All stereotypical actions of gay men were exploited. The use of the "fag" label really offended me--hadn't the term been put to sleep over the many years. Yet, some references were quite clever--Cher Airlines. Unlike really effective satire ...more
Joshua Wiles
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Breeders by Matthew J. Beier is an amazing and thought-provoking book. It's a dystopian future, similar to 1984 or Brave New World. But even so, its take is unique and powerful.

It takes place in the year 2385 in a dystopian society ruled by gay men. Lesbians make up a begrudgingly-accepted second class. Transgender people have been eliminated. The lowest class are the heterosterile's (heterosexuals genetically altered to be infertile) and failsafes (heterosexuals genetically altered to breed
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this book, homosexuals have practically taken over the world and they are able to genetically engineer humans. The heterosexuals are now a minority and are basically only there as a backup plan. They have realized how much damage has been done to the planet due to overpopulation. Now they may be trying to get rid of heterosexuals completely. So when Grace finds out she is pregnant and Dex is the father, she runs and attempts to join the Opposition.

When I read the summary of this book I knew
Flora Smith
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, romance
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.

This was certainly an engrossing read. If I hadn't been subject to the rigors of having to live life I probably would have read this one all in one sitting. I didn't want to put it down.

This story is set far in the future after the Bio Wars, which was essentially civil war between heterosexuals and homosexuals. The outcome of these wars was that homosexuals won along with bio-engineering. Bi-sexuals weren't allowed to be produced and proc
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chapter one sucked me in. The writing is smooth. The story intriguing. The alternative viewpoint makes you wonder. I can feel her fear, her confusion. Though it was so dramatically intense and laden with possibilities that I opted not to take it to the couch with me for my even unwind - because I was relatively sure it would not be a relaxing read.

I'm struggling to understand why I'm struggling to progress through the first few chapters of this book. My trepidation stems from reading about a pa
Heather Boustead
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
The Breeders
By Matthew J. Beier

In the future homosexuals are reigning supreme and through genetic manipulation control the sexuality of a child making heterosexuals are only a backup plan in case their plans fail most of them are sterile and only a handful are able to reproduce. Grace is a heterosterile, until she becomes pregnant after an encounter with Dex Wheelock. Now she must fight to save the life of her unborn child.

Some aspects of this book are really interesting, such as how Grace becam
Teressa Morris
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Matthew Beier is a very skilled writer. His use of description and dialogue draws the reader in to the story. However, I was honestly offended for the first 100 pages or so until I understood the extremely heavy satire the author utilized. The Breeders reminded me (in a very depressing way) of George Orwell's 1984.

Although I understood the use of derogatory slang throughout the book, that combined with violent sex scenes made for a very difficult read. I was also disappointed by th
Amy Quale
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Beier's masterfully crafted debut novel, The Breeders, as a reader I became completely immersed and intertwined in his twenty-third-century world and characters. It is a world where sexual politics become the planetary dictator; it is a world where sex saturates every element of social order, yet is also legally punishable by death; it is a world where we desperately want love to conquer, yet love is a dangerous and manipulative player in the game of survival. Can love be trusted, and is it w ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a book I would love to hate, but I just couldn't put it down.
Dara Beevas
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is on my summer read list. So far, the writing is phenomenal and the plot is one of the most unique story lines I've ever come across.
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Matthew J. Beier is a novelist, screenwriter, video producer, and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2012, Matthew published his first novel, The Breeders, and in 2014, he began publishing his seven-book Jonathan Flite series, which thus far includes The Confessions of Jonathan Flite and The Release of Jonathan Flite. He attended film school at Chapman University in 2003, where h ...more
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