Book Recommendation: The Breeders
I started reading The Breeders by Katie French last week on my way home from Chicago and then finished it the next morning. Yeah, I’d intended to work during that time but book binged instead. It was definitely worth it.
The Breeders is YA fiction and dystopian. I loved Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Road. I also really liked the post-apocalyptic film, The Book of Eli. Katie’s novel reminded me of both.
The main character, Riley, is a take-charge teen trying to find the balance between her own self actualization, obeying her parents, and preserving her life, which is threatened by a future worse than death. Throw in a vulnerable younger brother and a love interest who happens to be the corrupt sheriff’s son, and you have an action-packed story full of skyrocketing emotions. Riley’s stakes grow higher and higher with each chapter. She is literally on the run to save the lives of those she loves—plus her own.
Katie knows how to weave a story that’s impossible to put down. I recommend it to both adults and teens and, on the plus side, although it deals with difficult themes, it’s skillfully written. I’m looking forward to reading The Believers (book 2), which releases November 29th.
(Full disclosure–I met Katie at a recent seminar and enjoyed chatting with her and her husband immensely. That’s why I bought her book. I was pleased to discover that besides being a great person, she’s also a talented writer. She has a great future ahead of her.)