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The Breeders by Katie French - Review

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Where did I get it? Free on Kindle a few weeks ago. 

What's it about? Riley Meemick is a girl in a world where women are sold to the Breeders and forced to carry pregnancy after pregnancy, because girl babies aren't born any more (which is never really explained). Riley's mum escaped, along with Auntie (really related? another escapee? who knows?) and is bringing up Riley and her brother on the outskirts of town when the Sheriff's men attack and kill Riley's stepfather. Riley and Ethan are spared, but then have to go and rescue their mother from the Breeders. It's not a spoiler to say that Riley ends up with the Breeders, even though it doesn't happen for over half the book. 

What age range is it for? 14+ maybe?

Are any main characters LGBTQ+? No, although Riley disguises herself as a "bender", which is a genderless mutant - I think calling a person like this a "bender" is a pretty gross and disgusting thing for the author to have done when that word is used a slur. 

Are any main characters non-white? No, although Riley, Ethan and their helper Clay (the brooding hero of the piece) encounter a group of Riders, who try to kill them and want a human sacrifice. I'm pretty sure these people are supposed to be Native American types - they're portrayed as savages in a really disgusting way, they have tattoos and bones through their noses. It's terrible.  

Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Yes, and again it's not portrayed well. 

Is there any sex stuff? No.

Are drugs mentioned or used? No 

Is there any talk of death? Yes, many and violent 

Are there swear words? A few

Would I recommend the book? Not one bit. If I could have given it 0 stars on Goodreads I would have. It's a hackneyed story with problematic elements. If you like the idea of this kind of dystopia, I would recommend The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood or The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. There are many many better stories than this tosh. 

How many stars? 0 out of 10

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