I discovered Breeder through the Speculative Faith library. I hadn’t heard of it and saw it was faith-based dystopian (hey! That’s my genre, too!) So, to
give in to my reading dragon stay educated on the other dystopian novels out there…I bought it and gave it a read!
Here are my impressions:
Main Pros in Breeder:
- Not your traditional dystopian: Okay yes, there’s the overpowering cultural leaders, and then you have the rebel girl who sees a problem and wants to fix it, but it’s done in a uniquely atypical way. Oh yeah…and there’s not a love triangle! *celebrates with much dancing* At laaaaaaast! I found the struggle of the characters very real, and the “control” enacted by the leadership to fit well within the established fictitious culture.
- Solid writing: The author’s writing is tight, clear, and catchy. Since this book is fairly thick, that helps the reader go much faster and the story is always moving forward. I appreciated this both as an author and a reader.
- Faith themes: The spiritual messages behind Kate’s struggle to understand “The Archer” felt very realistic. She had leaders telling her The Archer acted one way and wanted certain things, but that didn’t sit right with her. It’s similar to the struggle Christians have when they’re told God is one way, but they’re not discovering Him deeply and rightly. This book delivered this struggle without getting preachy and I expect to see more of a conclusion of Kate’s search in the second book.
Main Cons in Breeder:
- Speedy-love: I didn’t fall in love with the boy. Maybe that’s just me, but I didn’t feel like we got to know him enough for the love between him and Kate to be convincing. Then again, if you know me at all, I tend to be a little hard-hearted on the romance front in novels.
- Some parts are cliché: Noo! Not the villain monologue! *Villain laughs evilly* “Yes….here’s my evil plan.” Okay, it wasn’t that bad, and to an extent I could see why this certain villain (i.e. village leader) told Kate certain things. But…still, for as much as the two hated each other, it was hard to believe the villain would disclose as much information as she did.
- A bit unbelievable: This is a post-apocalyptic type of dystopian. (Aren’t they all?) And though the culture of treating men like dogs and women like gods seemed extreme at times, it was still believable. I could see, in the right situations, how this could happen. But then…then we learned a bit about the boys next door (read: the peeps from other villages that aren’t supposed to exist.) Enter the X-men, the superpowers, the…less believable things. This came so late in the story (after so much down-to-earthness) that it left me not only surprised, but raising an eyebrow (okay, trying to raise an eyebrow. I’m not that talented.)
I enjoyed Breeder more than I expected to. I’d recommend it for readers 15+ and you can read my full review of Breeder on Goodreads.
Have you read or will you read Breeder?
What qualities do you like to see in a dystopian novel?