Synopsis: Nestled within the folds of a war-torn and ruined world, there lies a village. It has no name; it is full of secrets.
Its women survive because they seem to have found a remedy for war; its men survive because the women let them. They all survive because Fate allows it.
Kate never thought much about Fate until she decided not to believe in it anymore. Destined to become a breeder, she wakes up on her sixteenth birthday determined to defy this duty at all cost. It is a heavy price. For her open rebellion, Mona, the Village counsel leader, drags her to the Pit and forces her to confront her mate for the first time.
He is not what Kate expected.
Despite Mona's fierce punishments for Kate's disobedience, the tug of her heart grows stronger; it beckons her away from this life and lures her toward the truth about herself, about her village, and about the boy assigned to be her mate.
The questions bring her hope... but the answers?
They terrify her.
My Take: This book is strange, and I mean that in a good way. I had picked this up some time ago (don't remember when or how, but probably won it or got it for free.) and I never got around to reading it because I have become a cover whore. Yeah, I know, you should never judge a book by it's cover. And I don't judge it by that, but I do tend to let covers lead me in what to read next. And this cover didn't inspire.
But I felt a need to get rid of some books and figured I should at least take a look at it before I removed it from my list.... After all, something must have inspired me to pick it up in the first place.
and I am so glad I did!!!
It starts out feeling like a historical piece. The descriptions sucked me back into the mindset of books like the Jubal Sackett Series. Then it had this fantastical element, I wondered if this was just the writer's creative imaginings of Amazonian women. Then the truth was revealed! AGH!!! Crazy!
The author does a great job with story flow, and adding totally unexpected twists, and creating deep and rich characters. Like the lottery, I could totally see something like this book actually happening in a post-apocalyptic world. I couldn't get enough, and cannot wait to read the next two books in the series!
You should definitely not judge this book by it's cover! Want to give Breeder a go? It is available through Amazon's KU, or for $2.99