K.B. Hoyle will be releasing her new book tomorrow:  Breeder. I had a chance to read an advanced copy, and I’ve been dying to share this review with you for over a week now! It’s so hard not to post things right away!!


Breeder is very similar to The Giver in many ways. You have a very structured, limited “utopian” society, rebuilt after several “Great Destructions.” In fact, the whole first part of the book, I kept thinking that I was essentially reading The Giver, from the birth mother’s perspective. It has that same, very eerie, “something is just not quite right” feel to the story.

Pria, or B-Seventeen, starts having those same feelings too, and then suddenly gets ripped from her very sheltered life. What she finds to be reality is terrifying, and the story shifts almost to a Mockingjay type of beginning.

Hoyle has a really good start to the series, and I’ll be really interested to see how far she takes it. While it is similar to many other utopian/dystopian series, there are some marked differences.

While there is some romantic interest building, it’s being done in a very slow, very interesting way. It’s not being thrust onto the reader, and it’s not the major focal point of the book, at least not yet.

Also, POC characters are the main focal point here. In fact, they are the majority. White people are considered genetically flawed, and recessive traits like freckles and blue eyes are being cauled out.

Hoyle did a great job with this, and I’ll be pulling for the second book in 2015. Definitely something to check out, guys!

5 thoughts on “Breeder

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  2. Thanks for the great review! You might be interested to know I had never read The Giver before I wrote Breeder. I actually read The Giver for the first time a few months after turning in the manuscript of Breeder, and I thought, “Wow. Lois Lowry and I really had some of the same ideas!” Considering as how she won a Newberry Medal for The Giver, I’ll take that as a good sign!

  3. eek, this hasn’t been on my radar but will definitely be checking it out…can’t get enough of Utopia worlds gone wrong…question though, would you say the theme is darker or lighter compared to The Giver

    • It’s darker and more action-packed than The Giver books, almost more along the same lines of where the movie producers took the storyline (ugh for those changes). However, in Breeder, it makes much more sense.

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