Review: Breeder, KB Hoyle

December 15, 2014 Reviews 3 ★★★★

Review: Breeder, KB HoyleBreeder by KB Hoyle
Series: The Breeder Cycle #1
Published by Writer's Coffee Shop on December 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Netgalley
Amazon • Amazon UK

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.



Breeder Seventeen is a genetically perfect young woman with one purpose: To help increase the human population by bearing “contributions” for the Unified World Order. She’s already carried one contribution, but something went wrong with her second pregnancy and she finds herself feeling more and more unhappy with her supposedly perfect life. Then she meets Pax – the first time she has been in contact with a man since she was a girl. Her world is about to be thrown upside down.

Welcome to Tea in the Treetops’ stop on the Breeder Blog Tour!

For the last few years I’ve been involved with publicity for the Gateway Chronicles, a six-book middle-grade/teen fantasy series that I really enjoyed reading. It was very sad to read the final book in the series earlier this year, but when I heard that KB Hoyle had written the first in a new series, I was really excited to get into Breeder!

Breeder is something a little different from the Alitheia books – it’s set in a future United States where the human population has been decimated and the remnants ruled by the “Unified World Order”. This is no children’s book – the concepts of controlled breeding and genetic selection are pretty controversial, and when you add the way that unwanted infants and those who don’t meet the genetic requirements are disposed of, this book gets pretty harrowing at times.

Pria (Seventeen’s true name) is painfully naive. She has only been taught exactly what the UWO wanted her to know to perform her role, so she hasn’t even learned to read or write. Fortunately (and conveniently), she’s been bred to be a genius, so picking up new things is pretty easy. It’s a useful story device though, because we learn a lot more about how this future world works as Pria is working through her disbelief. That part takes quite a while. Seriously, a good few chapters is spent with just Pax trying to convince Pria that the UWO are evil and that red-haired people actually exist.

As dystopian rebellion series go, this one is written extremely well. Sometimes the genre can get a little cold, with just one bloodbath leading to another. In Breeder I really cared about what was happening to all the characters, especially Pria – partially because she was still clearly suffering through Post-Natal Depression, but also because she was a strong woman whose world had fallen out from beneath her feet.

four-stars – Read this story if you’re a fan of the downfall of dystopian societies, but if you’re a new mum watch out for the suffering children. I was nearly a blubbering mess on the train!


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Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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