Shh … don’t tell anyone. Sixteen-year old Riley has a secret. She’s a girl. In this not-too-distant, dystopian, future world women – young and old – are high-priced commodities. They are captured by men and sold to the Breeders then forced into reproductive slavery. Riley and her family have been running from the Breeders her whole life. To disguise her gender, Riley pretends she’s a bender, which is a mutated human without sex organs. No easy feat for a blossoming young woman. When Riley’s stepfather is arrested on a supply run in town, their cover is blown and all hell breaks loose. Afterward Riley and her little brother Ethan are left alone to starve to death. A young stranger comes to their aid but he has a few secrets of his own. Eventually the three fugitives must run for their lives into a forbidden landscape where no man can be trusted.
This fast-paced, sometimes terrifying adventure is packed with plenty of action and surprising twists. From the start French grabs hold of the reader and doesn’t let go until the end. I dare you to put this book down once you start reading. But what struck home for me more than anything in the midst of this current war on women is that The Breeders arrives on the scene at this precise opportunity to reveal a frightening dimension to these chilling times in which women live. This is an impressive debut novel from a talented new author. Copyright (c) 2012 by Peggy Tibbetts