Riley Meemick, at sixteen years of age, is one of the few remaining free females on earth. She has been hidden since birth by her parents to keep the Breeders from imprisoning her in their repopulation program. They barely scrape by moving from one unhospitable place to another. Both her mother and her aunt were once captured by the Breeders. So, they dress her as a boy to keep her safe.
Riley’s father is falsely accused of theft and she goes in to town to break him out of jail. Clay, the handsome second in command, helps her. When her mother is abducted by the local sheriff and turned over to the Breeders, Clay hides Riley and her eight year old brother, Ethan. Unsure of Clay’s intentions, Riley tries to keep her gender a secret by pretending to be a bender, an androgynous mutant.
Will Clay continue to help Riley and Ethan find their mother or does he have another agenda? What will happen if he finds out Riley is a free female? You will have to read the book to find out the answers.
French’s Book One of The Breeders series, The Breeders, is a dystopian romance set in a post-apocalyptic southwest USA. It is a fast easy, fast read and is told from Riley’s point of view. She is a simple girl without much education, so she sees her world in simple terms.
Unfortunately, the book has quite a few typos and grammatical errors. The characters are two dimensional and stiff. The subject matter is very disturbing and there never seems to be any good moments to outweigh the heaviness. Yet, I will probably read the next book in the series. 3 out of 5 stars.