Monday, December 15, 2014

review || BREEDER { blog tour }


Breeder by K.B. Hoyle
Publisher The Writers Coffee Shop (12/11/2014)
Genre Dystopian Fiction

Rating ★1/2
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Everything about Seventeen’s life is perfect, from her genetics, to her home in Sanctuary, to her status as a Breeder in the Unified World Order. But all that changes when she meets a rogue Enforcer named Pax, who infiltrates Sanctuary and targets her for extraction from the Controlled Repopulation Program. Pax seems to know a little too much about her, and he plants dangerous doubts in her mind that accuse Sanctuary of hiding a dark secret, and that cause Seventeen to question everything she’s ever known.
When Seventeen’s life is threatened, she has little choice but to run away from Sanctuary with Pax. But for Breeders, contact with men is forbidden by law, and even the simple act of taking Pax’s hand is treason.
Mired in confusion, Seventeen travels with Pax to the outside world and takes the name Pria, the identity of her childhood. But she is far from certain she’s made the right decision when they discover an entire community of people who should no longer exist.
Seventeen, now Pria, is thrust into a position as a key player in a dangerous bid to bring down the Unified World Order. Meanwhile, Pax’s attachment to her and her growing attraction to him contribute to the ever-growing mysteries in her life.
Pria’s journey from a sheltered, na├»ve Breeder to a rebel agent requires not only external transformation but self-discovery. As her world crumbles, Pria must decide who she is and what she really believes.
But the truth comes at a cost, and uncovering it will require a greater treason than she could ever have imagined.

kb_hoyle about K.B. Hoyle || K.B. Hoyle is a bestselling author, a public speaker, a creative writing instructor, and a classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative and fantasy tales for people of all ages. She has been married since the age of twenty to the love of her life, with whom she has four wonderful children. Find out more about her at

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{ review } .

This book... hmm, do I ever have high hopes for this series.

When BREEDER first popped up on my NetGalley, I jumped on it. You see, I was never part of the Twilight fandom, was a few months late to the Hunger Games one (Mockingjay was released), and was just at the hind end of the Divergent one (I was one of those eagerly awaiting book three and had it preordered and everything).

I wanted to jump on this bandwagon right away.

Now, BREEDER... I'm a bit torn.

First off, all of the summaries and synopsis call our lead female "Seventeen" -- which is her Breeder number for the Controlled Repopulation Program. However, the book moves super fast from learning about said program, to Pax breaking her out -- she's only "Seventeen" for a brief moment; she becomes Pria relatively quickly.

Pria, from what I gather, is a made up name. 

Gaia Earth -- the place in which we live in this book -- is working on making the perfect human race. In this repopulation program, all of the breeders look similar -- brown hair, brown eyes, all dominant traits. Granted, they all have their hair cut/shaved off so that there isn't a question of beauty and whatnot -- without hair, they are literally all the same.

The book begins with Seventeen in immense pain; you learn rather quickly that she is carrying -- but then there's no baby. One can only assume, then, that there was something wrong with the baby. She begins to question things, and later after witnessing a child being mauled by a lion (and no one intervenes, because "it's the circle of life and completely just for an animal to kill another 'animal'), she is called away. However, on her way to speak with "Mother", the mystery man ('nother side tangent : there are no men; these breeders have never seen a man but she's well aware that this being who comes to her in a man) for all intents and purposes, abducts her. 

...and she willingly goes with. Silly girl.

But that's beside the point.

After they get out of the complex, she learns that this man, Pax, is a redheaded man. How can this be? All recessive traits were done away with...

...and not only that, he reveals that he was one of Mother's carries.

The book progresses as Pax takes Pria on a journey to find a group of people in which they can find refuge. 

Now, I must admit... being the romance junkie that I am... I wanted Pria to discover the wonderfulness of love -- especially as she's carried two babies but knows NOTHING about the true way it all works. I get that this is a young adult style book, but I am extremely hopeful that as the series progresses, we see love blossom.

Granted, it's not necessarily fair to Pria to fall in love with the one and only man she encounters, but it would still work for me.

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