The Breeders by Matthew J. Beier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
This was certainly an engrossing read. If I hadn't been subject to the rigors of having to live life I probably would have read this one all in one sitting. I didn't want to put it down.
This story is set far in the future after the Bio Wars, which was essentially civil war between heterosexuals and homosexuals. The outcome of these wars was that homosexuals won along with bio-engineering. Bi-sexuals weren't allowed to be produced and procreating is strictly regulated. Sex permeates every facet of society down to the names of places as well as booths to have sex while you wait on the bus.
Grace (who believes she is heterosterile) and Dex (engineered as a failsafe) find themselves in a world ruled by the dictatorship of the Queen that rules with Hitler-like authority. Grace finds herself pregnant and together they search for hope for their unborn child.
I love these two characters as well as Grace's dad Stuart. They are very much alive and flawed but full of hope. They are afraid to love one another but find its there anyway. They also meet those along the way that help them and let them know that now matter how bad humanity gets there are those that fight for equality of all kinds. Hope remains as long as there are those that let it.
Overall, I loved this one right up til I saw what was coming at the end. I won't spoil it by giving away the ending but I wanted to scream "Nooooooo! It can't end like that!" Having said that, it was a good read. Full of satire and social issues, showing how things could look from a different perspective, even though it was a bit over the top.
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