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The Breeders

(Breeders #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,621 ratings  ·  381 reviews
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 ...more
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Published August 1st 2012 (first published July 31st 2012)
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In a world where eight out of nine births are boys, girls are a rarity. Meet Riley, a sixteen year old who has had to hide her gender her whole life for if she is caught she will be forced into a breeding programme to keep the population alive. The concept of this book is very good, it really needs a proof read as there's a ton of spelling mistakes but overall it kept me turning the pages. Reminded me a lot of the Love & Decay series, while there are no zombies here there's still time to ...more

Dystopia meets futuristic wild west, in a nutshell, this book is.

And how Riley didn't get raped once a chapter from her stupidity and annoyance is beyond me.

After a new type of cleaner, renewable fossil fuel is developed to finally bring an end to war and strife in the middle east, the world appears, at least on the surface, to finally be at peace, until several generations pass with the rate of female live births plummeting to a dangerous level, until eventually they all but stop.

By the time
Christine Wheeler
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopian-novels
Women are rare in Rileys world. Only men or benders are born nowadays, so women are often kidnapped and sold to the Breeders in order to keep the human population afloat. A life with the Breeders consists of birthing children for the rest of their fertile years.

No one outside of their family can know that Riley or her mother exists. If anyone else knew, they would be kidnapped and sold to the Breeders. When Rileys family is exposed and attacked, and her mother goes missing, its up to Riley and
David Staniforth
This was an enjoyable read despite the common theme, with interesting characters and an engaging writing style. Unfortunately it is littered with typos and the plot runs a bit thin with nothing really unexpected or surprising on the journey from beginning to end.

Perhaps nudging towards 3.5, but I wont be continuing the series.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Honestly I'll read the next book purely out of curiosity but this one wasn't so amazing.

The blurb is literally a play-by-play of the entire book. There's no real suspense or surprise. So anything I say in this honestly cannot be considered a spoiler.

The Writing
-I didn't hate it but there was so much unnecessary dialogue and chapters. This book DRAGGED. I kept waiting for something to happen.

-The grammar is AWFUL.
Bounty greats me from her stall, blinking her big brown eyes and swishing her
Nov 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
this book says that it is for fans of the hunger games, but it conveys none of the positive messages thast the hunger games does. it glorifies violence, has a horrible plotline, and is just an amazingly stupid, very badly written book.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Warning: The amount of awesomeness in this book might leave you dumbfounded for a couple of days or so. Please take precautionary steps while reading and try not to hurt yourself while forcefully stopping to go to sleep.

The Breeders was EPIC! It left me breathless at every page turn. It was just... wow. I don't even know what to say. From the start, I just knew this was going to be amazing. And guess what, it was stunning. I completely devoured this book. There was not one moment where I felt
Konn Lavery
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At first I was skeptical of the novel as I have watched plenty of movies and read a lot of post-apocalyptic styled stories. However reading Katie Frenchs The Breeders I found the novel broke from the stereotypical events of this genre that starts the characters off in a tragic setting, and continues to become more tragic.

Between the thrills and the conflicts of the characters, The Breeders was an engaging rollercoaster of Riley Meemicks life where each chapter became progressively difficult to
Peggy Tibbetts
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shh dont tell anyone. Sixteen-year old Riley has a secret. Shes a girl. In this not-too-distant, dystopian, future world women young and old are high-priced commodities. They are captured by men and sold to the Breeders then forced into reproductive slavery. Riley and her family have been running from the Breeders her whole life. To disguise her gender, Riley pretends shes a bender, which is a mutated human without sex organs. No easy feat for a blossoming young woman. When Rileys stepfather ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have never been so glad for a book to be over in my life. I have no idea if it was because of the fact it was an audiobook or what, but I had a really hard time with this. Riley is an idiot. "Hey I think I'm going to do something dangerous and stupid, because, well I can." oh and then "Let me not think logically about things and jump to conclusions. No. Common. Sense. (view spoiler) ...more
Ingrid Seymour
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The Breeders is a book that will keep you turning the page. It is action packed with one thing after another keeping Riley from accomplishing her goal. The characters are strong, and the scenery and action are vivid and gripping. Riley decides with her heart, not her head. Driven by love for her family, she makes one hazardous decision after another, getting the ones she loves in and out of deep trouble time and again, even when she thinks she is helping. This makes her feel like a real
Jul 30, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mandie Lowe
This is essentially The Handmaid's Tale, dumbed-down for a younger audience. The resulting story walks a fine line between conveying the horrors of forced conception and labour in a devastated world and avoiding graphic descriptions of the scenes. The characters show a similar disconnect in their behaviour - they have been raised within this world, yet still behave as though they are unaware of the dangers which lurk here.

Riley's character in particular baffled me. Riley lives a semi-nomadic
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Getting through this was a struggle. Between the inconsistent narrator and the numerous grammatical errors, I just couldn't stay invested.
Megan Thomason
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This one has my unequivocal endorsement. A buy now and move up on your TBR list kind of endorsement (which is a true rarity coming from me).

Dystopia: small in scale, but absolutely delicious in execution (if I can say that about a dystopia). For me, the perfect dystopia is one where you are torn... you can see where they are coming from, but their execution is a nightmare. In this future society, girls are a rarity. The government's solution? Make them government property and have them pop out
E.M. Marz
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA and adult cross-over
Recommended to E.M. by: Amazon
The short version: If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love The Breeders.   

The long version: Like Suzanne Collins, the  author quickly transports you into a dystopian world.  Welcome to future New Mexico where nearly extinct girls are no longer daughters, sisters and friends.  Here, girls are the most valuable commodity in the new world.  They are hunted by the Breeders, with the help of local law enforcement and dangerous gangs looking to fill their own coffers.

The story is told through
Cheryl Abbott
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Right before reading this book, I had just finished reading three other (very well-known) dystopian books. I have to be honest; I was ready for something different. But after the first chapter, I could tell this was something different. Yes, it was set in the not-so-far-off future, but the storyline was quite unique.

The author did a great job providing a visual description of the environment. Each time the main character, Riley, found herself thrown into a new setting, it felt as if I was
Amy Biddle
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Katie French is a fabulous writer. I haven't loved Young Adult this much since I was a kid. This is one of those books that will appeal to young adults and adults alike. Written with artistry and depth, The Breeders is a page-turner with lovable (though imperfect) characters, a dark, depressing landscape, and a plot that doesn't stop twisting. I am so excited to have found Katie French, and will be waiting on the edge of my seat to read the next book in the series!
Dee/ bookworm
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but I also kind of wanted to kick Riley. She had a really good set up, so did her parents, and instead of being helpful and appreciative she complained. Instead of listening she was head strong and got into some pretty bad situations. I didn't like her character, which sadly makes the book harder to like.
This was the Handmaid's Tale/ Mad Max Fury Road mashup I didn't know I needed. Although it has a typical YA ending and there are typoes throughout, the setting was mesmerizing and the characters were compelling. I'm not sure if I'll go on to the next one in the series because most of the tension was wrapped up (thank you! This isn't typical for kindle free books!) but I recommend this book to fans of YA dystopias. It is rather dark given the gore and the constant threat of becoming a slave used ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
This book was trying too hard to do too many things at once. Although the central plot was interesting, the themes changed more than a chameleon. It was by turns mystery, horror, post-apocalyptic, romance, and teen angst. By trying to be all things to all readers, it became too uneven for me. I liked the concept, but I felt like it never really came together. Although there were some threads left dangling, I don't have enough interest to read the rest of the series. Maybe it needed to be longer ...more
Salima Bensalah
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
While this book had potential, I couldn't think of any reason why it deserves any more than two stars. It started off well and I was interested in the story-line, and it was refreshing to have a strong female protagonist- but her ignorance and stupidity began to get tiresome as the story progressed. The story itself dragged, the main twist at the end was completely predictable, but I like the concept and up until the second half of the book I quite liked Clay. Not my cup of tea.
NaTaya Hastings
I wrote this long rant concerning the phrase "Come in. Can we make you some breakfast?" which was probably the most ignorant, unrealistic line I've ever read in a book EVER (considering the context), but it appears to have disappeared. I refuse to re-write it.

Suffice it to say, a character who thinks another character was involved in the murder of her step-father and the selling of her mother and aunt to a whorehouse does not say to that character, "Come in. Can we make you some breakfast?"

Sandra "Jeanz"
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an e-book from the author via Kismet Book Tours in exchange for my honest review and posting on my blog during the blog tour.
I think the cover depicts the book really well. The cover shows the bleak existence females are faced with. Females that are fertile either hide away in fear and constantly on the run, or they are taken by gangs where they are subject to unmentionable tortures and then sold to The Breeders.
Who are The Breeders and why do they exist? The
Danielle Harris
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lost for words

I had no clue what I was getting into. I just saw the book cover and I dived right in.
Riley's family is trying to protect her from the breeders. She is 16 and she goes into disguise as a boy so the breeders won't steal her.
Decent story, bad editing

I read this book in a little over one day. It is full of action, adventure, and imagination. The storyline was interesting, and the character development was good. However, it really needed a proofreader and editor. There were a lot of mistakes, from incorrectly substituting you're for your to missing words. I don't understand why people publish stories that haven't been looked at by someone who understands the basic principles in writing the English language, or at
Beth  (YA Books Central)
When I begin a book and it grabs me within the first PAGE then I know I am going to love it. I mean this book was intense from the first page to the last. I began this book and finished it a day laterI literally, I mean LITERALLY could not put it down. It was INTENSEThere are no other words but INTENSE!!!

I love dystopian novels so when I read the synopsis for this book I knew I had to read it. The next thing that grabbed me was the cover. Creepy, horrificyeah pretty much awesome! Even the font
Briana Gaitan
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Breeders is a story about a young girl living in a futuristic America, due to a chemical the ability to bear females was lost by the population. I picked it up because I love Dystopian books, and it looked promising.
When Riley's home is ambushed by the law, her mother is taken to the breeders and she is desperate to find a way to get her mother back. With the help of her "enemy" a young boy named Clay, she sets out to get her mother back, This book is suspensful and has a great concept although
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Synopsis: "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 ...more
Austin Waller
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Breeders by Katie French
What a great novel. Be surprised how good at a fiction book it is. The Breeders is a book that will keep you turning the page. It is action packed with one thing after another keeping the main character Riley from accomplishing her goal. The characters are strong, and the setting & action are vivid and gripping. Riley decides for, what she feels in her heart, not what she thinks in her head. The love for her family, she makes one dangerous decision after another,
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Katie French is an Amazon best-selling author in Young Adult dystopian romance. Her book, The Breeders, has had nearly 50,000 downloads and counting and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Kindle Book Awards. It's currently free on Amazon. She also has a kids series starting with Portia Parrott and the Great Kitten Rescue for ages 5-9.

She works as a high school English teacher, a job that she loves

Other books in the series

Breeders (6 books)
  • The Believers (Breeders, #2)
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